PILSON – The Illinois Attorney General’s Office is suing the Pilson Metal Cleaning Company for violating state air pollution regulations.
The lawsuit alleges that SIM Metal Management, which owns 2,500 S. Paulina St. Pilson Scraper, “failed to show a complete reduction in uncontrolled emissions.” The waste is used to cut metal materials, vehicles, and utilities.
A May 2021 emission test confirmed that the facility’s fragile emission was less than 50 percent, which is less than 81 percent, according to a lawsuit filed by Cook County District Court.
“Sims’ actions have endangered public health by exposing the community to uncontrolled emissions,” Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raul said. “We have seen the impact of these actions on local justice communities, and I am determined to hold the Sims accountable for endangering public health and work to ensure that they meet emission reduction requirements.”
Sims Metal Management said in a statement that the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to work with the IEPA to resolve the issue. [its] Allow and install advanced controls for both micro and flexible organic compounds.
In a statement, Raoul said the court had entered into an interim agreement, which would require Sims to implement a system to quickly reduce uncontrolled emissions.
The Office of the Attorney General is asking Sims Metal Management for $ 50,000 for each breach and an additional $ 10,000 for each day of breach, but it is unclear what the total amount will be.
Ald. Byron Siigcho-Lopez (25), who covers Ward Sims, called the state’s case “long overdue.”
“We know the long-term and long-term effects of bad air quality,” he said. “It’s good to see the Attorney General take action, especially since we have so many schools close to these industrial corridors.”
In the future, Sigcho-Lopez said, he hopes the city will install more air quality controls in industrial areas.
The Pilson neighborhood and much of the southwestern part of the city have a history of advocating for environmental justice for communities affected by poor weather conditions.
At the beginning of the epidemic, climate activists in Pilson called for a halt to the operation of the Sims Metal Management Institute, as residents were at high risk and “more vulnerable to COVID-19.
IEPA designates Pilson as the area of local justice.
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