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Lake Calumet Smelter

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  • Chicago, IL (Cook County)
  • EPA ID# ILN000509228
Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Janet Pope (pope.janet@epa.gov)
312-353-0628 or 800-621-8431, ext.30628

Remedial Project Manager
Brad Benning
312-353-7613 or 800-621-8431, ext. 37613


(where to view written records)

None available at this time


The site is located in an urban/industrial setting within the City of Chicago. Bordering the property on the north is 119th Street (unpaved and currently not in use as a street), beyond which is an open mowed grass field that is part of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Co. property; on the east is bare, filled, open property that is a portion of a storage tank container company, beyond which is I-94; on the south is bare, filled, open property that is another portion of the storage tank container company; and to the west is S. Champlain Ave. (unpaved and currently not used as a street), beyond which are railroad siding tracks and an unknown manufacturing company.

According to a 1936 – 1950, Sanborn Fire Insurance Map the former facility consisted of a two story main building with two one story rooms attached to the south and a one level storage room attached to the west. What appears to be a separate, small smelting building containing a vat was located south and adjacent to the storage room. At some point between the late 1950’s to late 1960’s, Calumet Lead ceased doing business. Based on United States Geological Survey (USGS) aerial photography from 1998 and 2002 and observations of IEPA personnel during the August 10, 2004 PCS Assessment, and April 25, 2006 site reconnaissance portion of the PA, all that remains of the former structures is a portion of a smoke stack. All other structures have been razed.


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January 2014

Upon completion of the removal action a Deed Restriction will likely be place on the property as contamination will be present and limit future use of the property.  Adjacent property owner is investigating the possibility of purchasing the property to allow storage expansion for their current tenant. Next steps will be to assist with any future reuse of the property, work with Office of Regional Council to place a Deed Restriction on the property to prevent future excavation on the Site, and notify Federal Judge that the Access Warrant can be terminated.

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