WHAT IS HAPPENING?
RMG, owner of the scrap metal shredder General Iron, is just one permit away from approving the facility from the affluent northside neighborhood, Lincoln Park, to the predominantly Latinx and environmentally overburdened Southeast side. General Iron has a dirty track record, covering the neighborhood in toxic “fluff”, breaking out in fires and explosions, being forced by the city to shut down multiple times, and even racking up citations from the U.S. EPA.
Now they plan to move to an area of the city that has long been treated as a dumping ground, with pre-existing pollution from landfills and steel mills, in hopes that the city will turn a blind eye. Illinois EPA has already approved the first permit needed, and the city recently approved the second. There is only one permit left, and the city has already sent RMG a letter of deficiency requiring them to redo and resubmit their application. There is only one permit left: the city sent RMG a letter of deficiency late last year requiring them to redo and resubmit their application, and on January 14th they resubmitted it for review.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Until 11:59 PM on Friday, January 29, 2021, you can submit a public comment to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s Environmental Permitting and Inspections subgroup and urge them to deny the final permit and keep General Iron out of the Southeast Side.