Congressman Jesús “Chuy” García’s Statement on Environmental Investigations on the Crawford Coal Plant

April 28, 2020
Press Release

Chicago, IL - The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have released results from their two respective investigations, in addition to a third independent study, to determine how the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack impacted Little Village and the surrounding neighborhoods. These initial results indicate that there are no pollution levels linked to the demolition that could be considered unsafe for human health, according to the current standards set by the EPA. Congressman Jesus “Chuy” Garcia issued the following statement about the results of the investigations:

“I am grateful that the DPH and EPA promptly investigated this matter and released their results to the public. While these initial results allay some of our worst fears about the demolition, they do not take away from the fact that our community was put at risk by Hilco’s disregard for public health. During a time when we need stronger environmental protections and enforcement, the Trump Administration has systematically defunded the agency and rolled back over 95 regulations--ultimately setting us up for further disaster.

“We need the EPA to protect communities such as ours in Southwest Chicago. As a long-time resident of Little Village, I have seen the damage corporations can do to our water, soil, and air quality when left unchecked. I echo the concerns of my neighbors and constituents and demand that the EPA restore and strengthen its regulations as well as the ability to enforce its guidelines. Our communities deserve equitable access to the clean air and water they need to thrive, regardless of zip code, ethnicity, or socio-economic status. Black and brown communities will no longer forfeit our health for corporate profit and all of us will remain vigilant in this process.”

To learn more about the EPA reports, visit: https://response.epa.gov/site/doc_list.aspx?site_id=14763  

To learn more about the CDPH reports, visit: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/hilco/home/community-information.html 

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