Environmentalists and industry confront over metal shredders


Last week, the city of Chicago postponed a hearing on the issuance of a metal shredder South Side recycling permit. also..

Important reason: The shredder was involved in controversy from both the federal government and residents after securing a written agreement with the city to build it on the South East Side.

  • The majority of Latino regions are fighting back against industry and pollution, including recent high-profile conflicts. manganese (Petroleum coke).

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Flashback: In 2020, the metal shredder General Iron left the long-standing location of the Cryborn Corridor after the area was rezoned. Mega development Lincoln yard.

  • General iron Acquired by Reserve Management Group (RMG), a metal recycling plant. RMG has set up a new company called Southside Recycling and has obtained city permits to begin construction of a new facility near East 116th Street.

  • New South Side Recycle The facility is located on 175 acres of RMG properties. According to RMG, they 1 billion pounds of metal annually..

News promotion: Currently, they are waiting for a business permit, which is almost a year behind by the city. EPA When HUD We have started to inquire about the movement.

What they are saying: For Southeast Side residents, the new location for metal shredders is the latest in a long line of environmental fraud.

  • “Chicago’s current zoning and land-use policies are infiltrated by racism and create sacrificial zones in color communities where industry is allowed to accumulate,” said Olga, director of the Southeastern Environmental Task Force. Bautista tells Axios.

  • “We must eventually repair this broken system and protect the most vulnerable communities from pollution.”

Opposite side: “Southside Recycling would not invest in business expansion without a written agreement with the city in September 2019 and a series of permits issued by city and state agencies in 2019-21. “I did,” RMG spokesman Randall Samborn tells Axios.

environment: The only other major metal recycling plant in Chicago Slap in proceedings Suspected emission violations by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

What’s next: The city says nothing is currently planned and will be notified two weeks before the next inquiry.

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