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.
Members of PERRO will also explain that H. Kramer has been a supplier to the Department of Defense receiving over $8 million in contracts between 2000-2011. With the NATO summit in Chicago this weekend, PERRO, Rising Tide Chicago (RTC), other groups and community members are shining a light on this relationship and how H. Kramer places priority on war and profit over the community’s health. Occupy Chicago has named this Saturday a day of action on Healthcare Not Warfare. In solidarity, the community is demanding that H. Kramer take their profits to benefit the community’s health over their war based business practices.
Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO)
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