January 22, 2021

General Iron’s move: Lightfoot’s health officials issue mea culpa, say public should have been told before car shredder given permit

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s health officials said Monday that they should have let the community know before issuing an air pollution control permit last month to General Iron — one of two permits needed to allow it to operate a metal shredder on the Southeast Side — considering the “sensitive” nature of the project which is opposed by many local groups.

“There should have been better engagement with the community on this issue,” the city’s health department said in a statement. The statement promised to “provide more prompt, thorough community notifications of new activity” in the future.

Community groups are fighting the relocation of the facility to South Burley Avenue and 116th Street from its longtime Lincoln Park location, saying it will add to pollution in an industrial area that’s already suffering from poor air quality. The groups say they just learned last week that the first of two required city

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