For Immediate Release No. 16-OPA001
U.S. EPA holds Jan. 27 Pilsen Open House
(Chicago, Jan. 27) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will hold an open house on Wednesday, Jan. 27, to discuss upcoming soil sampling in a section of Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood.
EPA will be asking for permission from property owners to take samples within the residential area bounded by 18th Place to the north, an alley halfway between Allport Street and Racine Avenue to the east, 21st Street to the south, and Loomis Street to the west.
The open house will be in the basement of Holy Trinity Croatian Church, 1850 S. Throop St. The open house is at 5:30 p.m., public meeting at 6:30 p.m. EPA personnel will be on hand to answer questions – in English and Spanish – about soil sampling in the Pilsen Area Soils site.
EPA has been investigating lead contamination in Pilsen since 2011, when the Agency became involved with a cleanup at the former Loewenthal Smelter.
For information and to download the access agreement, visit: www.epa.gov/il/pilsen-area-soil-site.
Reunion comunitaria en Pilsen sobre el Plomo
EL USEPA, (Agencia de Proteccion Ambiental de Estados Unidos) tomara muestras de la tierra para medir el plomo en ciertas areas alredor de la fabrica Kramer que esta por la calle 1345 W. 21st st., demostradas en el imagen. Los estudios serian sin costa al dueno de casa. Si conoce a alguien que vive cercas o al dueno.
PERRO is working with the EPA, the Health Department and the city to put together a community forum on polluted soils in Pilsen. Continue reading Pilsen Underground: Community forum on contaminated soil
Saturday, April 5th at 2:30pm
Rudy Lozano Library – 1805 S. Loomis St.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
PERRO (Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) has been working with the EPA to clean up several polluted sites in the Pilsen community. At several locations, the EPA has uncovered levels of lead pollution more than 20 times higher than what is considered safe! Many of these locations are located near schools and parks including the Walsh School, Perez School and Juarez High School. At the Lowenthal site, near Walsh School, the Growing Station Community Garden and Casa Maravilla Senior Housing, the EPA found the highest of levels of lead contamination we have seen in the community yet. One sample had 26,000 ppm of lead! Anything over 400 ppm is concerned unsafe.
Come to a public forum to find out…
What is being done about lead pollution near the Walsh School at the Lowenthal site?
What is the EPA finding in regards to lead pollution near Juarez High School?
EPA’s test results for pollution from the Fisk plant site.
What is the EPA doing about cleaning up a polluted site near Chi-Town Futbol?
Representatives of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), the Department of Public Health, Alderman Daniel Solis, and PERRO will be available to answer your questions.
TUESDAY, MARCH 19
6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WALSH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – 2015 S. PEORIA ST.
See the Facebook event page to let us know you are coming…
From Drew Kann of Medill Reports: “In Pilsen questions remain over cleanup of Fisk site”
PERRO volunteers at this past weekend’s open house show the local activist group’s recently released recommendations for the use of the Fisk Generation Station site.
Outlined in blue is the land on the Fisk Generation Station site that is available for future redevelopment, according to the PERRO report.
There is no shortage of ideas among Pilsen residents about what to do with the site of the now-shuttered Fisk Generation Station located in the West Side Chicago neighborhood.
However, many in the area seem to share one concern: site remediation and cleanup.