If you were unable to make the November 13th Public Forum on Pure Metal Recycling’s proposal to open a scrap metal recycling facility in the Pilsen neighborhood along Loomis St. from Cermak Rd. to the river, we still want to hear from you. Pure Metal Recycling plans to open a facility which will collect and shred scrap metal. To find out more about the proposal see these following news articles…
To let us know what you think, click on one of the following links to answer a quick survey.
Yesterday members of PERRO meet with the newly appointed Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy. We discussed the ongoing partnership between PERRO and the U.S. EPA to tackle several contaminated sites in the Pilsen community and several area sources of pollution. PERRO members expressed their concern about the high levels of lead in soil throughout the community; in particular at homes and properties near the H. Kramer and Co. brass smelter at 1345 W 21st St. and along the railroad tracks owned by BNSF on Sangmon St. But much of the event was meant to celebrate the success of the remediation at the Loewenthal site at 947 W. Cullerton St. which PERRO drew attention to in November of 2012 and which the US EPA clean up this past Summer. For press reports of the meeting, see the following links…
The following video by CAN-TV is of a press conference held jointly by PERRO and the US EPA in June at the beginning of the Loewenthal site clean up…
Join PERRO at a community hearing on Wednesday, November 13th at Juarez High School for a discussion on Acme Refining Co.’s proposal to open a new metal recycling plant in the Pilsen neighborhood along Loomis St. from Cermak Rd. to the river. Acme Refining plans to open a facility which will collect and shred scrap metal under the name Pure Metal Recycling. You will get the opportunity to hear from representatives of Acme Refining and ask questions about how this impacts you as a Pilsen resident. For example:
* What are some of the environmental impacts of their operations (noise/dust)?
* What sustainability measures is Acme Refining Company committed to?
* How will their operations impact traffic in the community?
* How many local jobs is Acme Refining Company committed to creating in Pilsen, and for Pilsen residents?
Please join us at this event to find out, and bring any additional questions you have:
Pilsen Community Hearing on proposed new metal recycling facility
Juarez High School – 1510 W. Cermak Rd.
Wednesday, November 13th
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Let us know you are coming…
New Green Space in Pilsen?
What do you think?
What do you want?
Residents of the Pilsen community have an historic opportunity to expand green space (parks, gardens, river walks, etc.) in our neighborhood. Proposals have been put forward for new green space at the now closed Fisk Coal Fired Power Plant on Cermak Ave. and the former Lowenthal Metals site at 947 W. Cullerton Ave.
Which proposals do you support?
What do you want to see?
Come see what has been proposed and offer your own ideas, suggestions and input…
Thursday, Sept. 19th – 6:30 PM
Casa Morelos – 2015 S. Morgan St.
We need your input. Make sure your voice is heard!
Invite your family, friends and neighbors.
For more info… Call: (312) 854-9247 or Email: email@example.com
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR TONIGHT FRIDAY AUG. 30. TICKETS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE ONLINE.
PERRO and Greenpeace announce the Chicago premiere of “Monsters,” a documentary about the fight to close Chicago’s coal-fired power plants.
Friday Aug 30 at 8PM. National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W 19th St Chicago, IL 60608)
Tickets to support the work of PERRO are $30 (tickets include food and drink and a DVD of the movie!!).
PERRO (The Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) invites you to a open public meeting on Wednesday, June 5th at 7:00 PM. The meeting will update Pilsen residents about progress on several environmental issues affecting our community. The meeting will include…
Update on the clean up of the heavily contaminated Lowenthal site near the Walsh School, Growing Station Garden, Casa Morelos and Alivio Medical Center.
EPA efforts to test soil around the Pilsen community for lead contamination.
Efforts to develop green space and access to the Chicago river at the closed Fisk power plant site on Cermak.
Developments at the Mary Zepeda Native Plant Garden on 17th Street.
WE ALSO WANT TO KNOW WHAT CONCERNS YOU? We will devote part of the meeting to hearing your thoughts, input, concerns regarding environmental issues in our community.
So please join us for this meeting to get caught up on what we are doing and to let us know what you think about the state of the environment in Pilsen.
PERRO Public Meeting
Wednesday, June 5th – 7:00 PM
Efebinas Cafe – 1640 S Blue Island Ave.
Join PERRO to celebrate Earth Day on April 20th at the Mary Zepeda Native Plant Garden!
On April 20th PERRO, Roots and Rays Community Garden and Casa Michoacán will be hosting a series of workshops including…
- Safe gardening in polluted soils
- Building raised beds
- Seed swapping/starting
- Native animals
- Re-dedicating the PERRO Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda as a permanent addition to the garden
Saturday, April 20th – 11 AM until 2:00 PM
Mary Zepeda Native Plant Garden – 1423 W. 17th St.
In case of inclement weather the event will be moved indoors at Casa Michoacán – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
For more info and to lets us know you are coming, go to…
PERRO Featured on recent episode of Adelante Chicago – the link is here.
The United Nations predicts that by 2050, there could be as many as 150 million “climate refugees” around the globe – people forced to flee their homes because of a changing climate. Many of those forced to migrate because of climate change will come from Latin America. We have already seen the impact of the drought in northern Mexico over the past three years and hurricanes like Hurricane Mitch, Stan and Wilma. We will see more of these extreme weather events in the coming years. Governments need to acknowledge that these events will result in increased migration and prepare to assist those who are forced to migrate.
Come to a discussion on…
* How will climate change force people to migrate?
* How does US immigration policy need to change to address climate change?
* What international agreements need to be made to deal with this crisis?
Wednesday, April 17th – 6:30 PM
Casa Michoacán – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
Co-sponsored by PERRO and La Red Mexicana de Líderes y Organizaciones Migrantes
Please see our event page and let us know you are coming…
Kari Lydersen, a chicago based freelance journalist who has done an excellent job over the years covering environmental justice issues in Pilsen wrote the following article for Midwest Energy News based on the public forum we hosted last week with the US EPA. We appreciate Kari’s continuing coverage of environmental issues in our community and are grateful for her attendance at the forum. But we have received several questions from those who read her article and we want to clarify a few things.
When Kari says concerns with pollution at Fisk “have been largely laid to rest”, she is referring to the EPA air pollution and radiation testing conducted in December that showed under current conditions there is no evidence of contamination on the Fisk property affecting the surrounding community. This does not mean that there is no contamination on the Fisk property. We know from reports and other documents turned over by Midwest Generation and ComEd to the EPA that there are levels of contaminants on site that you would expect from an over one hundred year old industrial site. Depending on the sites future use, parts of the site will need to be remediated in the future. As a member of the Fisk Reuse Task Force PERRO continues to work on this issue and monitor developments at the site. Remediation will likely be undertaken by whoever purchases the site from Midwest Generation and we will be closely watching what happens in regards to future remediation. In addition, if any demolition or similar activist occurs at the site, this will potential release contaminants into the surrounding community. The EPA has already expressed their willingness to conduct further testing if activity on the site raises the possibility of pollution affecting nearby residents.