PERRO celebrates Loewenthal Site clean up with new US EPA chief Gina McCarthy…

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…

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/23598502-418/epa-announces-lead-cleanup-of-former-pilsen-smelting-plant.html

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-epa-lead-smelter-20131108,0,4935975.story

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…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sg1VjBGUlyE

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