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Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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

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

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

Lightfoot Won’t Commit To Keeping General Iron Closed Through Pandemic

General Iron is shut down indefinitely after an explosion in May, the mayor said. But she did not say if she would require the scrapper to remain closed once an investigation is finished.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

General Iron’s Move To East Side Approved By State Regulators Despite Community Outrage

The permit approval clears a path for General Iron — a metal scrapper with a long history of violations — to move into “an area of environmental justice concern."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Alderman Calls On State To Halt General Iron’s Permit Review For Move To East Side

Coronavirus has created an "inability to provide real community input, "Ald. Susan Sadlowski Garza said. She wants more time for residents to weigh in on the scrapper's move from Lincoln Park.

South Chicago, East Side

Explosion, City Shutdown Won’t Stop State EPA From Letting General Iron Move To East Side

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency cannot deny a permit "based upon allegations that a source is violating" the permit's requirements, a spokesperson said.

South Chicago, East Side

Neighbors Celebrate Closure Of General Iron, But Scrappers Now Unsure Where To Take Truckloads Of Metal

The morning after an explosion that forced the shutdown of the Lincoln Park metal recycling plant, scrap metal collectors showed up looking to unload.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town