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Crushing Cars Is a Loud, Smelly Business That’s Terrible for Air Quality

Natural Resources Defense Council Metal crunches and shrieks at the General Iron Industries facility along the Chicago River’s North Branch near Lincoln Park. Here, an auto shredder flattens cars, appliances, rebar, and beams as water sprays down in an attempt to keep the resulting dust from blowing away. A potent stench fills the air.

Emanuel, aldermen block attempt to cut hours of troubled North Side scrap shredder

Chicago Tribune Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration and a group of aldermen vigorously defended a clout-heavy scrap yard on Tuesday, brushing aside neighbors who shared stories about noxious pollution and loud noises from one of the last industrial operations in a fast-gentrifying corridor along the North Branch of the Chicago River. One of the neighborhood’s

‘We Don’t Want Your Trash’: Residents Protest General Iron’s Move to Southeast Side

WTTW's Chicago Tonight Minutes before the scheduled start of a press conference to protest the move of a Lincoln Park scrap metal shredder to the Southeast Side, a truck owned by the company rolled by and sprayed water toward the feet of protesters standing on the edge of a sidewalk outside the facility. For

Protesters Call On Controversial Scrap Metal Plant To Close, Rather Than Move To South Side

WBBM 780 AM /105.9 FM On the corner of Clifton and Kingsbury, along the North Branch of the Chicago River, sits the 110-year-old General Iron Industries scrap yard. The controversial scrap shredder has been cited with multiple violations of the Clean Air Act as recently as last week. Inspectors found the scrap yard had failed

Planned move of scrap shredder alarms Southeast Side pollution fighters: ‘We’re tired of being the city’s dumping ground

Chicago Tribune A scrap metal shredder with a long history of pollution problems is moving from wealthy, largely white Lincoln Park to a low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood that already is heavily burdened by toxic waste and other environmental maladies. General Iron Industries announced last week that it has brokered a deal to shutter its

General Iron, Controversial Metal Scrap Yard, Shut Down By City

DNA Info General Iron — a long-running metal scrap yard that is facing growing backlashfrom community leaders, including local aldermen — was shut down by the city this week. The metal scrap yard and wholesaler, 1909 N. Clifton Ave., is closed after failing a building inspection Monday, according to city records. The city's department of buildings found a total of 28 violations, ranging