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Waukegan Environmental Justice Revitalization Project

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  • Waukegan, Illinois (Lake County)
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Although this is not a Superfund site, there are several Superfund sites associated with it:

Johns-Manville Corp.

Outboard Marine/Waukegan Coke Plant

Yeoman Creek Landfill

Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Mike Joyce (joyce.mike@epa.gov)
312-353-5546 or 800-621-8431, ext. 35546

Public Affairs Specialist
Rafael P. Gonzalez (gonzalez.rafaelp@epa.gov)
312-886-0269 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60269

Local Contacts

Rosa Reyes Prosen
Coalición Latinos Unidos de Lake County
847-546-6450
rreyes.prosen@nicasa.org

Susie Schreiber
Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Group (CAG)
847-835-2517
jschreiber@ameritech.net

Ray Vukovich
City of Waukegan
847-599-2514
ray.vukovich@ci.waukegan.il.us

Felicia Kirksey
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
312-846-5556
felicia.y.kirksey@usace.army.mil

Repositories

(where to view written records)

Waukegan Public Library
128 North County Street
Waukegan, IL
847-623-2041

Background

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced at a lakefront Earth Day ceremony that a Waukegan, Ill., revitalization project has been selected as an environmental justice demonstration project.

The Waukegan Cleanup and Revitalization project is one of 15 projects selected nationwide for the program. Selection for this project officially designates Waukegan as an environmental justice community which provides national recognition and exposure, greater access to resources and status as a model for future projects.

Using 2000 census data, the city of Waukegan qualifies as an environmental justice community due to the city’s high percentage of low-income residents and its high percentage of minority residents. The census showed that Waukegan’s population is 44.8 percent Hispanic and 19.2 percent African-American. Waukegan has the highest increase in poverty rates in Lake County, rising to 13.9 percent in 1999 from 9.5 percent in 1989.

Project partners are the United Latino Coalition of Lake County, the city of Waukegan, the Waukegan Harbor Citizens Advisory Group, EPA and the Corps of Engineers. They have been working to ensure that all Waukegan communities can participate and share in the benefits of the revitalization process.

You will need the free Adobe Reader to view some of the files on this page. See EPA's PDF page to learn more.

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RA Skinner speaks at project announcement

speakers at announcement

speakers and   children attend the announcement


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