The U.S. EPA is asking some Pilsen residents for permission to sample their property for lead contamination as part of a soil remediation project in the area. Continue reading EPA Open House: Get your property sampled for lead levels
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.
In September, after a decade long campaign to close the plants, the Fisk and Crawford coal fired power plants ceased operations. Pilsen and La Vilita residents should see an improvement in coming years of the quality of our air as a result. However, members of both communities asked PERRO and LVEJO (Little Village Environmental Justice Organization) to find out how contaminated the sites are and how that might still effect the surrounding community. PERRO and LVEJO reached out to the EPA to try to get answers to these questions. In response, the EPA has taken a number of steps, including the decision to test air quality near the facilities and to test radiation levels. The idea is to better understand if their is a possibility that contaminated dust or other contaminants are effecting the surrounding community The tests will began the first week of December and continue for a period of weeks if not months. As results become available we will post them here.
The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Hawthorne has published an excellent front-page article [article on the Tribune’s website, a copy on PERRO’s website] on the delays in addressing a lead-polluted site at 947 W Cullerton and it mentions PERRO’s long-time efforts in the community to address exposure to pollution. Please see the article here or a copy on our site here.
The site has been found to be over 14 times the legal limit for lead in the soil and PERRO recently posted warning signs at the site to attempt to ensure residents stay away from the site. PERRO has also started a web-page with information about the site here: pilsenperro.org/947
Where the article mentions PERRO:
Lead pollution is a well-known problem in Pilsen. In 2005, a year before state inspectors tested the Loewenthal Metals site, a group called the Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization collected soil samples from several yards and parks in the neighborhood and found lead levels that far exceeded the federal cleanup standard for residential areas.