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
Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined leaders of the Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force to announce today that the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and NRG Energy have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore potential redevelopment of the Fisk coal plant site into a CTA bus garage and maintenance facility. Significant sections of the Fisk site would also be set aside as open space and a park for use by the community, and the site will be better connected to the Chicago River. Continue reading
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
The situation with high pollution levels in Pilsen has been making the news quite a lot in recent days thanks to the work of Pilsen youth who marched against pollution (leading an “Anti-Pollution Revolution”) and the U.S. EPA’s announcement that it is proposing that central Pilsen be declaired a non-attainment area for lead (that the lead-air levels exceed legal limits).
Great job to the students in Pilsen, particularly from the Lozano Leadership Academy. Below is some of the media coverage:
Huffington Post | Video at Univision | Vivelohoy | People’s World | Radio Arte | Chicago Current | Chicago Tribune | Audio at WBEZ 91.5FM | Video at NBC News Chicago | Audio and WBBM AM 780 | Chicago Sun-Times | Fox Chicago News