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Partial lead line replacements worry East Chicago residents

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - Residents in a northwest Indiana Superfund site have expressed concerns after learning that in some cases a contractor is only replacing a portion of homeowners' lead pipes.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that East Chicago started a multi-million dollar project last year to replace lead service lines in hundreds of homes in the lead- and arsenic-contaminated area.

Project oversight manager George Kovacich says Hasse Construction isn't carrying out full replacements in homes with finished basements because the company isn't contracted to tear out walls. He says homeowners can tear out the walls at their own expense to allow the construction company to replace all the lines.

Resident Maritza Lopez says officials should've considered families with finished basements when bidding on the project.

The Environmental Protection Agency says partial lead service line replacements could potentially create long-term risks for homeowners.

Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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