Environmental Issues in Southeast Chicago
Through partnerships with advocacy groups, industry, other agencies and individual residents, EPA has empowered the environmentally overburdened community in Southeast Chicago to achieve significant environmental benefits in a short timeframe, while building capacity that will ensure the area’s continued progress.
In cooperation with Illinois EPA and the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health, over 75 companies were investigated for Clean Air Act compliance since 2014. Notably, U.S. EPA inspected 30 of these facilities in direct response to listening to the community about their concerns, including exposure to petcoke dust. Of the several resultant enforcement cases, three enforcement actions, in particular, culminated in dramatic air quality improvements for the community.
S.H. Bell - S.H. Bell Company has been inspected several times by EPA and has installed a particulate matter ambient air monitoring network on site. EPA will be providing all data from the monitoring network.
Schroud Realty Group Site (PDF) (76 pp, 11 MB, About PDF) November 14, 2017, Illinois EPA inspected the Schroud Realty Group site which consists of a large former waste disposal area and is approximately 67 acres in size. EPA Region 5’s Superfund Site Assessment Program is currently working with Illinois EPA to evaluate whether the site is eligible for proposal to the National Priorities List, or Superfund.
Ozinga Ready Mix, Inc. - Ozinga Ready Mix, Inc. reached a settlement agreement with EPA in June 2016 to reduce particulate matter or dust from its operations in the Chicago area.
Petroleum Coke - Petroleum Coke in Chicago has been reported through fugitive dust complaints from residents in Chicago’s southeast neighborhoods. EPA has initiated several actions against petroleum handlers along the Calumet River.
Jane Addams Elementary School- Jane Addams Elementary School is the location of an EPA installed Village Green Station which provides wind and solar-powered air monitoring. Students at the school are also piloting EPA’s new AirMapper air sensor kit.
Horsehead Corporation - EPA inspected Horsehead Corporation (Horsehead) on August 1, 2012 and issued a Section 114 Information Request on November 14, 2012. EPA inspected Horsehead again on March 31, 2014 and issued a Notice and Finding of Violation on April 14, 2014. EPA issued a Section 114 Information Request on May 29, 2014.
Adelman’s Truck and Equipment Corporation - Adelman’s Truck and Equipment Corporation (Adelman’s) was inspected by EPA on March 11, 2014. EPA issued a Section 114 Information Request on June 24, 2014 and a Finding of Violation on August 11, 2014. Adelman’s and EPA agreed on an Administrative Consent Order signed March 2, 2016 and a Consent Agreement and Final Order on March 10, 2016.
ELG Metals, Inc. - ELG Metals, Inc. (ELG) was inspected by EPA on February 2, 2015. The inspection at ELG was part of a larger effort that included close coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois EPA to identify and address compliance issues in southeast Chicago.
Cronimet USA - Cronimet USA (Cronimet) was inspected by EPA on March 13, 2014. The inspection at Cronimet was part of a larger effort that included close coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois EPA to identify and address compliance issues in southeast Chicago.
Watco Terminal and Port Services - EPA issued a Section 114 Information Request to Watco Terminal and Port Services (Watco), previously operated by Kinder Morgan Arrow Terminals, on May 15, 2018.
Skyway Cement Company (fka Holcim, Inc.)- EPA inspected Skyway Cement Company (Skyway) on August 27, 2014 and again on September 5, 2014 to inspect operations that were not running during the previous inspection. EPA inspected Skyway again on December 19, 2015 and issued a Section 114 information request on February 2, 2016. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Skyway on March 23, 2017.
Chicago Rail and Port, LLC – EPA inspected Chicago Rail and Port on August 16, 2017 and February 1, 2018. EPA issued a Notice of Violation to Chicago Rail and Port on April 20, 2018.