General Iron’s Pollution Doesn’t Belong Here


General Iron, a scrap metal shredder that operated in Chicago’s Lincoln Park for years where it brought windborne toxic fluff, fires & explosions to the neighborhood, is seeking their final permit to relocate their operations to the predominantly Black, Brown & working class Southeast side.

On February 5, community members began a hunger strike, putting their bodily health on the line to protect their community from the substantial damage General Iron would pose. IEC stands in solidarity with the hunger strikers in opposing this move.

General Iron’s illegal and dangerous practices do not belong anywhere in Illinois. We absolutely cannot allow another air polluting industry to move into a community that has an elevated risk of COVID-19 due, in part, to years of exposure to toxic pollution.


All Illinoisans can help by telling Governor Pritzker to call on Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot to deny the final permit needed for General Iron to begin operating.

Chicagoans can tell the Mayor to deny the final permit and tell their Alderman that General Iron does not belong in our city. Depending on where you live, our form will automatically direct messages to the right decision makers.

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