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How Demolition, Industry Are Worsening Air Quality In Some Neighborhoods

In this Wednesday, April 15, 2020, photo, Kim Wasserman with the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago, poses near the Crawford Coal Plant, the last of the city’s coal power plants, where demolition is ongoing. Demolition of an old smokestack at a former coal-fired power plant recently sent a cloud of ash into the neighborhood. The low-income, Hispanic community also is concerned that plans for a logistics and transportation hub will bring more diesel pollution to the neighborhood. Communities of color are still disproportionately affected by pollution 50 years after the first Earth Day.

Charles Rex Arbogast

How Demolition, Industry Are Worsening Air Quality In Some Neighborhoods

The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency issued its sixth straight air quality alert for the Chicago area. Demolition work on an old coal plant moves ahead, provoking outrage from residents in the Little Village neighborhood. And General Iron gets approval to move its North Side scrap shredder to the city’s Southeast Side.

Reset brings a roundup of the latest local environment news and what it means for the air we breathe.

GUESTS: Kim Biggs, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson

Kim Wasserman, executive director of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization

Gina Ramirez, Midwest outreach manager for Natural Resources Defense Council

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