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 2013
Loewenthal Metals EPA plans to take emergency action this spring to clean up high levels of lead in the soil at the former Loewenthal Metals site at 947 W. Cullerton St. in Chicago. This is considered a “time-critical removal action” because people could get sick from the pollution if exposed.
Pilsen Area Soil Site Assessment EPA will be collecting soil samples in the Pilsen neighborhood and analyzing them for lead and other metals. The sampling will help EPA determine if local industries over the years released lead and other metals into the air that settled into the neighborhood and caused unacceptable health risks to residents.
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
- 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)