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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

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’s Potential Reopening A ‘Final Insult’ To Lincoln Park Neighbors, Alderman Says

Final inspections before General Iron's reopening should "happen within a matter of days," said Dr. Alison Arwady, head of Chicago's Department of Public Health.

Lincoln Park, Old Town

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

Neighbors Say General Iron Pollution Puts Them More At Risk During Coronavirus Crisis, But Scrapper Says It’s ‘Essential’

The owner of General Iron said the scrap metal yard is an essential business. Neighbors, including Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd), disagree.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town