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Neighbors worried about pollution from troubled North Side scrap shredder during pandemic

Chicago Tribune Much of Chicago is shut down during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a North Side company with a long history of pollution problems is still shredding flattened cars, twisted rebar and used appliances every day. Neighbors are livid. They have been complaining for years about metallic odors from General Iron Industries, a scrap

Neighbors Say General Iron Pollution Puts Them More At Risk During Coronavirus Crisis, But Scrapper Says It’s ‘Essential’

LINCOLN PARK — Neighbors are calling on Gov. JB Pritzker and Illinois lawmakers to shut down General Iron during the state’s stay-at-home order, even though the scrap metal yard is deemed an “essential business.” Pritzker’s executive order forced the closure of “non-essential” businesses, such as hair and nail salons. “Essential” businesses, such as grocery

Neighbors Of General Iron Ask EPA To Return To Chicago For Independent Study Of ‘Fluff’

Block Club Chicago Neighbors of General Iron want federal investigators to take a closer look at the scrap metal facility before it moves to the Southeast Side. Lara Compton is asking her fellow neighbors to email the Illinois branch of the Environmental Protection Agency and ask officials to perform independent testing of “fluff,” a

Lightfoot cracks down on North Side scrap shredder, suggesting the chronic polluter’s clout at City Hall is evaporating

Chicago Tribune Despite repeated complaints about metallic odors drifting into surrounding neighborhoods, city health inspectors only cited General Iron Industries once during former Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s eight years in office. The same city department ticketed the North Side scrap yard five times during the past two months — the latest signs that General Iron’s

Reversing one of Emanuel’s last decisions, Lightfoot ensures clout-heavy scrap shredder leaves North Side by 2020

Chicago Tribune Mayor Lori Lightfoot short-circuited one of her predecessor’s last deals Wednesday, announcing an agreement that ensures a clout-heavy scrap shredder abandons its troubled North Side operation by the end of next year. Members of the Labkon family, owners of General Iron Industries, already are trying to sell their 21.5 acres of real