As part of the environmental justice needs assessment, HEC partnered with an expert at a local university to help community activists conduct air quality sampling around the Region.
As detailed in Part VI of the report, a methodology was used that enables citizens to take highly reliable samples after a brief training.
This sampling identified contaminants in the Region’s air that are not typically monitored. There was for example a dramatic spike in a chemical used in metal extraction in the air at a park in East Chicago’s Indiana Harbor neighborhood.
An initiative dedicated to environmental justice issues in the Region could facilitate this kind of monitoring on a broader scale, and help the Region’s people identify key unmonitored chemicals in their air and address the problems these chemicals may create.
The complete findings of the monitoring program are available for download as a ZIP file of our complete data in Excel format here.