In the middle of the COVID-19 crisis, developers demolished a giant smokestack at a coal plant in the Little Village neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago.
The explosion released an enormous cloud of dust that experts suspect may have contained toxics like lead and other substances, along with harmful silica. And particle pollution more generally has been linked to increased daily deaths. This dust engulfed surrounding neighborhoods while residents were sheltering in their homes.
This is not an isolated instance — it was an egregious act of environmental racism, and is indicative of the type of injustice frontline communities deal with every day.
Frontline communities in Chicago are exposed to massive amounts of dangerous pollution like manganese and petroleum coke, due to the long and growing list of industrial facilities located near the neighborhood’s homes, schools, and parks.
The city of Chicago must immediately adopt measures that protect the health of all Chicagoans.
Tell Mayor Lori Lightfoot and your alderman to put an end to toxic pollution in Chicago and to protect the health of environmental justice communities, not polluter profits.
Photo: Alejandro Reyes
Mayor Lori Lightfoot
Your Chicago Alderman
Protect Chicago’s EJ communities from dangerous pollution
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