This has been a long fight, friends! Check out these photos from our archives from 2005 when PERRO members were first alerting the community about the dangers of lead pollution from H. Kramer.
Chicago Helicopter Express: Sonic Assault on Chicago’s Near South Side
February 17, 2014
Noise Free America
For immediate release
Jerry Mead Lucero
Chapel Hill: Chicago Helicopter Express has won this month’s Noisy Dozen award from Noise Free America for proposing a $12.5 million helipad, to be located in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago’s Near South Side. The facility would include “helicopter landing and departure pads, a water taxi dock, and observation deck. The company’s helicopters would fly at 1,300 feet and mostly follow flight paths toward Lake Michigan along the nearby expressways.” The facility would serve as a launching pad for chartered flights and aerial tours.
In reality, the proposed heliport would be a sonic assault on the Pilsen neighborhood–which already experiences excessive noise. The Chicago city council recently approved a “vertiport” helicopter facility on a vacant 10-acre lot near Wood Street and 15th Street, close to Stroger Hospital. If the new heliport is approved, the Pilsen neighborhood would be surrounded by helicopter noise. Continue reading PERRO News Release on Chicago Helicopter Express: Sonic Assault
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Chicago, IL — On Monday, July 26 Jerry Mead-Lucero testified on behalf of PERRO (the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization) in support of the new Lead Ordinance proposed by Alderman Daniel Solis (25th Ward) targeting the city’s lead polluters. “We were not happy with the lack of community process in drafting this ordinance and think it could have been stronger, but we recognize it is a step in the right direction.” PERRO and other Pilsen community groups such as the Pilsen Alliance opposed the original version of the proposed ordinance put forward last April by Solis.
Download the full release here: Press Release Solis Lead Ordinance
Media Coverage of the issue:
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:
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