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City Delays Permit For Southeast Side Metal Scrapper After EPA Says Another Polluter Raises ‘Significant Civil Rights Concerns’

An EPA official urged Mayor Lori Lightfoot not to issue a permit for Southside Recycling until the city completes "a robust analysis of ambient air quality data from Chicago's Southeast Side."

South Chicago, East Side

Feds Suspend Investigation Into Approval Of Southeast Side Metal Scrapper’s Permit

The U.S. EPA's investigation is on pause after federal and state environmental regulators began "informal resolution agreement discussions" last month.

South Chicago, East Side

City Says Federal Probe Into East Side Metal Scrapper Permit Has Its ‘Full Support’ Despite Rejecting Prior Discrimination Investigation

City officials have downplayed a civil rights complaint filed by Southeast Siders and rebuffed requests from a federal department to delay Southside Recycling's permit review. Now city lawyers are telling the feds following civil rights laws "is of great importance."

South Chicago, East Side

East Side Residents Urge EPA To Deny General Iron’s Permit To Build Scrap Plant

But regulators said public comments alone aren't enough to stop the permit.

South Chicago, East Side

Public Hearings Set For Thursday On General Iron’s Planned Move To East Side

The proposed location for the scrap yard is in "an area of environmental justice concern," according to the state Environmental Protection Agency.

South Chicago, East Side

Neighbors Beg Mayor, City Council To Shut Down General Iron And Pilsen Scrapper During Pandemic

Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) said she was proud of her constituents for speaking up, but she wasn't sure how the mayor would act: "We've been calling for this place to be shut down and moved for a long time."

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Chatham’s Whitney Young Library Opens After $12 Million Makeover, Now Offers 3D Printing, Recording Studio And More

A technology hub, digital skills lab and a new garden are among the renovated building's new amenities.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Toxic Little Village Site Gets $200,000 Cleanup Grant To Help Make Way For Huge Community Wellness Center

The EPA’s Brownfields Program offers grants to clean up and reuse land contaminated with hazardous substances or pollutants.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop