WTTW’s Chicago Tonight
New rules for a scrap metal yard on the city’s North Side require the facility to reduce emissions of potentially cancer-causing compounds after it violated federal air pollution standards last summer.
General Iron, which plans to move its shredding operation from Lincoln Park to the city’s Southeast Side by 2020, was issued a notice of violation in July 2018 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for exceeding limits on air emissions and for failing to obtain the proper operating permit. The company has for years been the subject of complaints about clouds of black dust, metallic odors and other pollutants emitted from the facility’s heaps of crushed cars and discarded metals.
Last week, the EPA and General Iron finalized a consent order in response to the violation notice that requires the company to reduce air emissions through additional pollution controls.