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With Southeast Side Metal Scrapper On Hold, Activists And Neighbors Pledge To Keep Fighting ‘Until The Permit Is Denied’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot delayed the city's permit review for General Iron's owner to open a fifth facility in East Side after EPA officials said the proposal raises "significant civil rights concerns."

South Chicago, East Side

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

‘Weakened’ Clear Air Ordinance For Heavy Polluters Moves Forward — With No Support From Environmental Groups

The proposal expands the city's role in approving permits to open industrial businesses with minimal community input. "We’re really relying on agencies that have failed ... to be the backstop to industrial polluters coming into more neighborhoods."

Citywide

Month-Long Hunger Strike To Stop Southeast Side Metal Scrapper Ends Near Lightfoot’s Home — But The Fight Continues

Strikers were joined by more than 100 supporters as they gathered near Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home and marched to pressure the city to deny Southside Recycling's bid to open in East Side.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Environmental Polluters That Violate City Rules Will Face Bigger Fines After Ordinance Approved

The Chicago Department of Public Health will be able to assess higher fines ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 on industrial facilities and demolition contractors who violate air pollution standards.

Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop

Feds Investigating State EPA For Approving Permit For Southeast Side Scrapper Planned By General Iron Owner

The Illinois EPA approved plans for Southside Recycling despite community outrage, saying the agency couldn't consider feedback or General Iron's past violations during its review.

South Chicago, East Side

General Iron Officially Closes Lincoln Park Facility As Company Owner Works To Set Up Shop In East Side

Reserve Management Group plans to move essential equipment and most existing employees to establish Southside Recycling in East Side this year, but the company is facing setbacks to obtain an operating permit.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

City Rejects ‘Incomplete’ Proposal For General Iron Owner To Operate In East Side; Metal Scrapper Must Reapply

RMG, General Iron's parent company, must refile its application to open a recycler at 116th Street and Burley Avenue after the city found numerous portions didn't meet local health requirements.

South Chicago, East Side

Southeast Siders Tell General Iron’s Owner, City: We Don’t Want Your Metal Scrapper Here

More than 300 people signed up to speak, but only a few dozen were allowed to give input during the two-hour meeting. People can weigh in on the plan to open Southside Recycling through Jan. 14.

South Chicago, East Side

City Shouldn’t Be Punished For Letting Metal Shredder Move To Southeast Side, City Lawyer Tells Feds

City lawyers said the health department won't issue Reserve Management Group's final permit to open a scrapper until at least Jan. 19.

South Chicago, East Side

General Iron’s Owner Applies For Final Permit Needed To Bring The Metal Scrapper’s Operation To East Side

News of the permit application comes one week after federal officials asked the city to withhold the final permit until an investigation into a civil rights complaint — triggered by General Iron's exit from Lincoln Park — is complete.

South Chicago, East Side

Feds Tell City: Don’t Issue General Iron Permit Until Civil Rights Investigation Is Completed

A letter sent to the city by a federal housing official said any further actions to facilitate General Iron's exit from Lincoln Park "could frustrate efforts to settle" a civil rights complaint filed by Southeast Side neighbors.

South Chicago, East Side

East Side Activists Bring Fight Against General Iron To Mayor Lightfoot’s Block: ‘We Need To Breathe Just Like Everybody Else’

"We are a dumping ground, we are the garbage can of the city," one Southeast Side resident said. "They don’t care about us, they don’t want to keep us safe or breathe the same clear, privileged air they breathe.”

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

General Iron Debris Fire Rattles Lincoln Park Neighbors; Alderman Calls On City To Halt Permitting Process

A company spokesman described the blaze as a "small smoldering debris fire." Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) contends the fumes posed a danger to neighbors.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

General Iron’s $18K Fee For Years Of Pollution ‘Too Little, Too Late,’ Activists Say — And Secrecy From City Makes It Worse

Lincoln Park and East Side residents say Mayor Lori Lightfoot's administration is keeping residents in the dark when it comes to General Iron's transformation to Southside Recycling.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

Lawsuit Accuses City Of ‘Environmental Racism,’ Seeks To Stop General Iron’s Owner From Getting Permit For East Side Scrapper

"The judge will determine where we will go from here, but we have no choice," the attorney filing the suit said. "We either fight or just roll over and play dead. And we chose to fight."

South Chicago, East Side

City Repeatedly Breaks Promises To South Siders When Approving Polluters And Demolitions

From the Hilco demolition that covered Little Village in dust to General Iron's exit from Lincoln Park, city officials have promised and failed to be transparent with South Siders. Neighbors "don’t have any trust left at this point to be eroded,” one said.

South Chicago, East Side

After Breaking Promise To Neighbors, City Says It ‘Missed Opportunity’ To Tell Southeast Siders About General Iron Owner’s Permit

After failing on an earlier promise to increase transparency as RMG plans to leave Lincoln Park and open a metal scrapper on the East Side, health officials made a similar pledge Monday.

South Chicago, East Side

City Officials Quietly Approve East Side Permit For General Iron Owner — Breaking Promise To Alert Public

RMG, General Iron's owner, received the first of two permits it will need to move its metal recycling equipment and most current employees and begin operating on the Southeast Side as "Southside Recycling."

South Chicago, East Side

Decades Of Racist City Policies Pushed Polluters To The Southeast Side, Residents Say — And Feds Should Investigate

The city's push to allow General Iron to move from Lincoln Park to East Side triggered a federal complaint from environmental activists.

South Chicago, East Side
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