Get Toxic Manganese Pollution out of Chicago’s Southeast Side

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In Chicago, thousands of Southeast Side families live within a mile of facilities that handle manganese, a highly toxic, brain-damaging metal that is used in the steel production process. Recent studies of children living near a manganese handling facility in Ohio linked manganese pollution to lower IQ scores and problems with learning and remembering.

Despite tougher restrictions from city government and a citation for violating the federal Clean Air Act from the EPA, industrial facilities continue to pollute Southeast Side neighborhoods with this dangerous neurotoxin.

Residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side are exposed to massive amounts of dangerous pollution like manganese, thanks 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 Chicagoans.

Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel to put an end to toxic manganese pollution in Chicago and protect the health of Southeast Side Chicago families before the profits of polluters.

Tell Mayor Rahm Emanuel to put an end to brain-damaging manganese pollution in Chicago and protect the health of Southeast Side Chicago families before the profits of polluters.

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