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EPA finding lead inside homes at contaminated Indiana site

  • In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, Sherry Jackson poses for a portrait at her home in East Chicago, Ind. Jackson has lived at West Calumet Housing Complex for 4 years, but she will have to relocate since the the city has decided to demolish the public housing, because of lead contamination. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

    In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, Sherry Jackson poses for a portrait at her home in East Chicago, Ind. Jackson has lived at West Calumet Housing Complex for 4 years, but she will have to relocate since the the city has decided to demolish the public housing, because of lead contamination. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, Sherry Jackson poses for a portrait holding a letter telling her she must relocate from her West Calumet Housing Complex home in East Chicago, Ind. Jackson has lived at West Calumet Housing Complex for 4 years, but will have to move since the the city has decided to demolish the public housing, because of lead contamination. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

    In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, Sherry Jackson poses for a portrait holding a letter telling her she must relocate from her West Calumet Housing Complex home in East Chicago, Ind. Jackson has lived at West Calumet Housing Complex for 4 years, but will have to move since the the city has decided to demolish the public housing, because of lead contamination. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, a sign from the Environmental Protection Agency is posted in front of West Calumet Housing Complex houses at East Chicago, Ind. The EPA has detected high levels of lead in samples of dust and dirt tracked inside homes where soil is tainted with industrial contaminants. The contamination has resulted in the city calling for the demolition of the low-income complex and relocating its 1,000 residents. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

    In this Aug. 23, 2016 photo, a sign from the Environmental Protection Agency is posted in front of West Calumet Housing Complex houses at East Chicago, Ind. The EPA has detected high levels of lead in samples of dust and dirt tracked inside homes where soil is tainted with industrial contaminants. The contamination has resulted in the city calling for the demolition of the low-income complex and relocating its 1,000 residents. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)  (The Associated Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is detecting high levels of lead in samples of dust and dirt tracked inside homes at a northwest Indiana public housing complex where soil is tainted with industrial contaminants.

EPA on-scene coordinator Brad Benning says dust samples have been taken from around 70 homes at the West Calumet Housing Complex in East Chicago, Indiana. He says about 40 have come back above the level considered safe.

The city of East Chicago is planning to demolish the low-income complex and has asked 1,000 residents to find new housing. Meantime, Benning says residents can greatly reduce indoor lead levels through regular cleaning.

Results released in May showed alarmingly high levels of lead in some yards. Most of the contamination is from a smelter that closed in 1985.