Press Release: Local Groups Protest Deadly Lead Pollution from H. Kramer in Pilsen; Connect H. Kramer to NATO and the G8
Date/Time: Saturday, May 19, 2:30 PM
Event: Press Conference
Location: 1345 W 21st Street
Chicago, IL — Local groups and residents including the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO) gather on Saturday in front of the H. Kramer facility in the heavily polluted Pilsen community to actively protest that company’s decades of deadly lead emissions.
Protesters will demand that H. Kramer clean up its operations and accept conditions PERRO has asked it to follow as part of a 2011 lawsuit by the Illinois Attorney General for violations of lead emissions and improper operation of their pollution control systems. In February of this year, PERRO had a public hearing with the IL AG’s office and IL EPA to inform the community of the status of the litigation and demand a clean up of lead in the neighborhood’s soil. PERRO put together a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) that would have H. Kramer pay for the soil remediation efforts of surrounding homes, public parks, schools and community gardens. The SEP was rejected by H. Kramer. Continue reading PERRO Protests H. Kramer→
This note just came in from Doug McFarlan, the President of Midwest Generation, (owner of Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants):
Subject: News from Midwest Generation
I wanted to advise you that this afternoon Midwest Generation announced to our employees that we plan to shut down both the Fisk and Crawford plants in September of this year. Even though our agreements gave us the flexibility to run Fisk through the end of this year and Crawford through 2014, our ongoing economic analysis makes clear that it is in the best interests of our overall company that we take this action after running the plants through this summer’s peak demand period. We estimate that decommissioning work inside the plants will take about three months after shutdown to complete. Our next focus will be on working with the union representing our workers and within our management ranks to design the process and terms for a reduction in force that will affect all of the Midwest Gen plants and offices in Illinois.
I do not see this decision as impacting the work we have been doing with the mayor’s task force and community groups with respect to developing ideas for potential redevelopment uses and funding. The only material change is that we now know that both sites will cease being used for electric power generation by the end of this year, although, as we have discussed, significant ComEd infrastructure and operations remain on both sites.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports this morning here that Chicago’s two coal-fired power plants will close. Victory for the community!
PERRO’s Press Release:
Chicago’s Coal Plants to Retire: Clean Power Coalition, City of Chicago and Midwest Generation Sign Historic Agreement
Chicago, IL — On Wednesday, the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, the City of Chicago, and Midwest Generation, owner of the Fisk and Crawford coal fired power plants reached an agreement that will lead to the retirement of these two plants, the two biggest point source polluters in the City of Chicago. “We have struggled for over a decade to make this happen” said PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) member Dorian Breuer, “It is great to see to see our work finally pay off.” Continue reading Breaking News: Victory!→
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 | Simone’s, 960 W 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608 | 6:00pm until ??
Come celebrate our coming victory in the fight against the polluting coal power plants in our city and help us raise money to continue PERRO’s efforts to create a better environment in Pilsen. PERRO will receive 20% of all drink and food sales in Simone’s back room. So see you all on the 29th.
Important Public Hearing on Lead Pollution in Pilsen: The Illinois EPA wants to hear from Pilsen residents
Wednesday, February 15th 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Casa Michoacán – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
PERRO’s work monitoring pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood over the past 8 years has lead the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) to determine that there are serious concerns in regards to lead air pollution in the Pilsen community. The Illinois EPA and the Illinois State Attorney General has filed a lawsuit against H. Kramer and Co. a brass smelter at 1345 West 21st St. which they believe bears primary responsibility for the lead pollution problem. Continue reading Feb. 15th Public Hearing on Lead Pollution in Pilsen→
In 2010 PERRO received a grant along with other Pilsen community groups to help develop a project to benefit the community and seek to address climate change. The result of the project was the building of a community garden. This video was just released by the funder, the Field Museum: