Metal shrieks and crackles at the General Iron Industries location at Lincoln Park along the North Branch of the Chicago River. Water is sprayed down on the area as an auto shredder flattens autos, appliances, rebar, and beams in an effort to stop the resulting dust from blowing away.
According to the neighbors, their patios are covered in metallic dust and their cars have greasy coatings on them. The water jets served no purpose. Additionally, there are gas tank explosions and fires, such as the one that happened three years ago and sent a great deal of foreboding smoke into the air.
General Iron has run a shredder company here since the 1970s; in 2001, two smaller shredders were replaced by a single, larger machine. The US Environmental Protection Agency has issued two citations for clean air violations related to this new shredder. Recently, locally elected aldermen decided to extend the facility’s 2016 exemption that allows the shredder to operate starting at 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Despite this, and despite complaints from the neighbors, they still permitted three hours per day more than usual.
In 2014, local activists battled to clear massive piles of petroleum coke, a by-product of oil refining, from the area. The villagers are now ғɪɢʜᴛing manganese, a lethal neurotoxic present in their oil and air, two years after they were successful in persuading the oil facilities to transport the petcoke. A cement mill, facilities for recycling asphalt, and zinc recycling, to name a few, are just a few of the numerous new and proposed nearby pollution sources that Southeast Side residents are battling. Now they can cross the shredder off their list.
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Source: QQ Machinery
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