Toxic Tour, Health Professionals and Aldermen

Toxic Tour for Health Professionals and Aldermen
Chicago’s Little Village Neighborhood

The tour will take you through a residential area into an adjacent industrial area which includes a drum manufacturing plant, chemical sites and a coal-fired power plant.

The Little Village neighborhood is a great example of why stronger air quality standards, like the recently proposed USEPA Ozone (smog) rule, are needed to protect public health. While you may have already heard about air quality concerns in certain areas of Chicago, you cannot truly understand until you walk through the neighborhood to experience it first hand.

Speakers will talk about health impacts from pollutants emitted by these industrial sites, as well as pending rules and actions on the horizon that can help protect the health of the local community and all Chicagoans. One such action is the USEPA proposal to tighten the air quality standard for ground-level ozone. Ground level ozone is a main ingredient in summertime smog, one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution.

USEPA is taking comments on its proposal from officials and the public until March 22nd.

The tour will be led by Kim Wasserman, Coordinator of Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO). Becki Clayborn of Sierra Club and Brian Urbaszewski of the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago will be on hand to answer questions. Meet at the LVEJO offices (2856 S Millard Ave, Chicago, IL) at 3:00 PM.

To RSVP, please contact Becki Clayborn at becki.clayborn@sierraclub.org or 312-251-1680 x9 (office) or 815-236-9479 (cell).

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