LaSalle neighborhood built on landfill, EPA testing results to be released
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Imagine if your home was built on a landfill. Would you be worried about your soil?
That's a problem an entire South Bend neighborhood faces.
They've been left wondering, is it safe?
The neighborhood may soon be getting some answers.
LaSalle Park and Beck's Lake are EPA Superfund sites, meaning that there is some concerns about the vitality of the land.
The area was once a dump-site, and is possibly filled with asbestos, paint-solvents, and more.
In the 1950's, the land was turned into a park and a neighborhood, leaving residents wondering if it is safe.
"Being on a landfill may take a wrong turn, and then you can run into problems" says Frank Burton, who lives in the neighborhood. "I'm a little worried about it, but so far everything has been swell."
Four years ago, in 2013, the government listed the park and lake as one of the most contaminated sites in the country.
A soil study of the park and neighborhood was conducted by the EPA.
They plan to share the results in a public forum on September 6, at the Pentacostal Cathedral on Western Ave
The meeting will be held from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
But the fact that there will be some answers soon, is giving the community some relief.
"We need to find out what is happening, we really do," adds Burton. "That's the only way we're going to find out."