Polluter Moving From Wealthy, White Home To A Low-Income Latino Area

"Chicago is facing scrutiny from federal housing officials, who are investigating why the city is allowing a chronic polluter to move from the wealthy, largely white North Side to a low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood near the Indiana border.

In a letter made public on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agreed to follow up on a complaint from community activists who accuse Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration of perpetuating racial segregation and housing discrimination in the nation’s third largest city.

At issue are steps taken by city agencies to benefit General Iron Industries, a clout-heavy scrap shredder with a long history of pollution problems. An Ohio-based company that bought General Iron last year wants to move the operation from Lincoln Park to a site on the Calumet River in the East Side neighborhood."

Michael Hawthorne reports for the Chicago Tribune October 20, 2020.


"General Iron Scrap Shredder Pays $18,000 Fine For Explosion, Noxious Air Pollution On The North Side" (Chicago Tribune)


Source: Chicago Tribune, 11/04/2020