Block Club Chicago

Neighbors of General Iron want federal investigators to take a closer look at the scrap metal facility before it moves to the Southeast Side.

Lara Compton is asking her fellow neighbors to email the Illinois branch of the Environmental Protection Agency and ask officials to perform independent testing of “fluff,” a substance that regularly coats neighbors’ sidewalks, rooftops and yards.

The EPA defines fluff as “fugitive dust.” In 2006 and 2012, General Iron agreed to two settlements with the EPA involving refrigerant and fugitive dust escaping the facility.

In 2018, the EPA cited General Iron after inspectors found fugitive dust outside the shredder site. The law requires fugitive dust not be “visible by an observer looking generally” toward a metal shredder.

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