East Chicago Mayor Copeland: City Needs To Calm Fears Of Residents

Community organizers and East Chicago residents talk to reporters after a closed meeting with city officials to discuss the status of the city’s lead contamination crisis. (Annie Ropeik/IPB News)
Community organizers and East Chicago residents talk to reporters after a closed meeting with city officials to discuss the status of the city's lead contamination crisis. (Annie Ropeik/IPB News)
Community organizers and East Chicago residents talk to reporters after a closed meeting with city officials to discuss the status of the city’s lead contamination crisis. (Annie Ropeik/IPB News)
Community organizers and East Chicago residents talk to reporters after a closed meeting with city officials to discuss the status of the city's lead contamination crisis. (Annie Ropeik/IPB News)

East Chicago Mayor Copeland: City Needs To Calm Fears Of Residents

City officials in East Chicago, Indiana are scheduled to meet with residents Monday to address concerns with its drinking water.

Residents will be hearing from East Chicago Mayor Anthony Copeland and the head of the city’s water filtration plant. Copeland says the city needs to calm the fears of residents worried by a letter sent out by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA found elevated lead levels in the drinking water of 18 homes that are within a superfund site. Copeland says the city’s water has been deemed safe by the EPA and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.