Public Health - Community Information

The health and safety of Chicago’s communities, particularly our most vulnerable residents, is our highest priority. We will post information here to keep residents updated on what’s happening in their community. 

Partial Roof Collapse at RMG Campus

Click here to read for information and next steps regarding the partial roof collapse

Crawford Station Demolition

Click here for updates and documents regarding the Crawford Station demolition. 

RMG Expansion on the Southeast Side

Click here for information, updates and documents regarding the proposed expansion of a metal recycling facility. 

General Iron Updates

We will continue to ensure that the General Iron facility operates safely and properly for the protection of public health and the environment until its planned move at the end of 2020.

In response to community concerns and in the interest of transparency, information and documents about the status of General Iron’s operations are posted here.

The Chicago Department of Public Health invites you to join held a virtual town hall about the status of General Iron’s operations. 

Read the explosion investigation report from Exponent with details about the incident, analysis of the cause of the explosion and recommendations to prevent future incidents.

Read the review of the explosion investigation report from Project Performance Group.

Chicago Air Quality Zoning Ordinance

Metal Management Midwest, Inc.

On November 12, 2021, CDPH received a permit renewal application from Metal Management Midwest, Inc. d/b/a Sims Metal Management (“Sims”). The application is for a renewal of the Class IVB recycling permit for the metal shredding facility located at 2500 S. Paulina Steet. Pursuant to CDPH's Rules for Large Recyclers, this facility is a Consequential Facility and is, therefore, subject to the "CDPH Guidelines Regarding Permitting Process For Consequential Large Recycling Facilities" ("Guidelines").

In accordance with the Guidelines, CDPH is now accepting written comments on the permit application. Interested members of the public may submit comments to All written comments will be posted on the City’s website. 

Please note that, in light of the upcoming holidays, CDPH is providing an extended written comment period. Comments will be accepted until February 28, 2022.

If there is a significant degree of public interest in the application, CDPH will schedule a community meeting prior to the end of the comment period.

All written comments will be posted on the City’s website. To help ensure a meaningful sharing of information, CDPH requests that public comments on the application address whether or not the application meets all applicable requirements in the Rules for Large Recyclers and the General Recycling Facility Rules (collectively, the “Rules”), and the Recycling Facility Ordinance (the “Ordinance”), and that they be as concrete and specific as possible.

Click here to read the permit renewal application submitted by Metal Management Midwest, Inc.




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