Environmental Issues in Chicago's Little Village & Pilsen Neighborhoods
Community Involvement Coordinator
Heriberto León (firstname.lastname@example.org)
312-886-6163 or 800-621-8431, ext. 66163
EPA is coordinating with representatives from the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on a number of projects in Chicago's Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods to monitor and enforce air quality standards, oversee remediation projects, conduct site assessments, and establish and implement appropriate cleanup plans.
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Status - March 2014
Loewenthal Metals EPA concluded in September 2013 the cleanup at the former Loewenthal Metals site to remove high concentrations of lead in the soil and ensure that the property is safe for residential use in the future. The City of Chicago also conducted its own cleanup of a portion of land that it owns immediately adjacent and east of the Loewenthal site in October 2013 to address high lead levels in that soil. EPA continues to work with the City of Chicago and Burlington Northern Santa Fe to determine next steps to address contamination adjacent to the Loewenthal Metals site.
Pilsen Area Soil Site Assessment EPA is conducting an investigation into lead contamination in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood. There are many potential sources of lead in soil, including industrial air emissions, lead-based paint, past emissions from the use of leaded gasoline, lead solder, car batteries and some types of pesticides. EPA has not yet determined the specific sources of the Pilsen-area lead contamination.
Air Issues EPA continues to be concerned about air pollution in the Pilsen neighborhood. EPA is evaluating air quality data gathered by two monitors in the community maintained by Illinois EPA and Cook County Department of Environmental Control. EPA and the State of Illinois have signed a consent decree with H. Kramer and Co. to resolve violations of the Clean Air Act and state air pollution violations at the firm's copper smelting foundry in the Pilsen neighborhood.
Community Meetings & Open Houses
Additional Cleanup Sites
- Community Involvement Plan (PDF) (59pp 829K) December 2013
- La EPA adelanta trabajo ambiental en los vecindarios (PDF) (2pp 78K)
- U.S. EPA Pollution Work Advances in Neighborhoods (PDF) (2pp 78K)
- Jardinería en tierras con niveles de plomo (PDF) (2pp 224K)
- Gardening in Lead-Contaminated Soil (PDF) (2pp 220K)