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On April 11th, Hilco Redevelopment Partners demolished the smokestack at the former Crawford Coal Plant, sending dust into nearby residential areas. This excessive dust leaving the site is a violation of state pollution laws and the City of Chicago is taking action to hold Hilco accountable and ensure the health and safety of residents.
This fact sheet was prepared by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to provide residents information to protect themselves from demolition-related dust.
How can I reduce my exposure to the demolition dust within my home?
The dust, or soil contaminated with this dust, may get into your home. Like any dust, it can settle on the floors, counters and other items, including children’s toys. Here are a number of ways everyone can reduce their exposure within their homes:
What is the City doing to address the issue?
What should I do if I have questions about anything included in this fact sheet?
Residents can call 311 to report any concerns or ask questions about what actions to take to protect themselves from dust.
What should I do if I’m experiencing any respiratory symptoms?
Residents experiencing respiratory symptoms should contact their healthcare provider and if more severe symptoms are present, they should seek prompt medical attention. If you do not have a healthcare provider or are uninsured, contact your nearest community health center by phone and inform them of your need. You can find your nearest CHC at findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov.