PITTSBURGH Cleanup efforts are under way in Chicago at the former site of a lead and zinc smelter and scrap metal yard.
Remediation efforts were started in late June at Loewenthal Metals Corp., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Costs to restore the half-acre site are expected to reach $750,000 and take three months to complete.
Starting in the 1940s, the property was used as a smelter and recycler but there is no indication when the property became vacant.
It is unclear who will pay for the cleanup cost. The EPA said it has identified a potentially responsible party but has not been able to contact them.
The residential property has high levels of lead, arsenic, copper, mercury and zinc.