Air polluters would face more scrutiny under ordinance approved by Council committee

“‘I think it could be harmful to pass something that seems like reform but it really isn’t,’ Ald. Maria Hadden (49th) said.

Hadden, who voted against the measure, noted that environmental groups had soured on the mayor’s proposal.

‘Instead of developing a comprehensive air quality ordinance that seeks to truly address zoning’s impacts on communities or take into consideration the cumulative effects of industrial sites on air pollution and public health, the Mayor’s ordinance falls far short of what our communities deserve,’ a letter from the umbrella organization Illinois Environmental Council and several other groups said.”

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