CHICAGO – The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today that he refused RMG/General Iron’s operating license end a years-long struggle between residents of the southeast side and the massive metal-shredding operation that sought to relocate Lincoln Park to a predominantly Latinx neighborhood.
Advocates on the Southeast Side argue that if this is a huge win for the community and for the fight against environmental racism, the City of Chicago needs to commit to policies that prevent such a situation from happening. happening in environmental justice communities. Residents on the southeast side will continue their previously announced rally at City Hall today, as a way to celebrate, but also to raise awareness of the need for significant reform.
The following is a statement from the Southeast Environmental Task Force, People for Community Recovery, the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, and NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council), UN10 (United Neighbors for the 10th Ward, Southeast Side Youth Alliance, Southeast Side Educators for Environmental Justice, Collaborative for Health Equity Cook County, Bridges Puentes, Alliance for the Southeast (ASE), GWHS Student Voice Committee, Poor People’s Campaign:
“Our community is not a sacrifice zone. The move may be a turning point for communities of color that have suffered from environmental racism for decades. While we celebrate this decision, the community continues to deal with the toxic legacy that has allowed pollution to build up in our community and we will not stop fighting for our right to clean air. We will continue to fight until Chicago communities like ours can live in a healthy environment.
NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) is an international non-profit environmental organization with over 3 million members and online activists. Since 1970, our lawyers, scientists and other environmental specialists have worked to protect the world’s natural resources, public health and the environment. The NRDC has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Bozeman, MT and Beijing. Visit us at www.nrdc.org and follow us on Twitter @NRDC.