Public Health - Community Information

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The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has expanded public engagement for consequential large recycling, reprocessable construction/demolition material and waste handling facilities. CDPH has developed a chart that outlines the permit processing guidelines and expanded opportunities for public engagement.

Click the image below to view our updated public engagement process for consequential facilities. To view the full Permit Process Guidelines for Consequential Facilities, click here.

Link - CDPH Permit Process Guidelines For Consequential Facilities

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Lakeshore Recycling Systems, LLC
2141 S Packers Avenue (1300 W Exchange Avenue)

Lakeshore Recycling Systems LLC, (LRS) is seeking an expansion and modifications to its existing waste transfer station permit for the site at 2141 S Packers Avenue (also known as 1300 W Exchange Avenue). CDPH held a community meeting on the application on Thursday, August 18, 2022. CDPH also invites written comments through August 26, 2022. Comments may be submitted to envcomments@cityofchicago.org.

Chicago Rail and Port, LLC

On April 19, 2022, CDPH received a permit renewal application from Chicago Rail and Port, LLC for its large recycling facility located at 3236-3258 East 106th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60617. CDPH sought public input on the application between April 20, 2022, and May 20, 2022. Based on CDPH’s review of the permit renewal application and the public comments received, CDPH issued a deficiency letter on June 18, 2022.

Green Era 83rd Street, LLC

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)  received permit applications from Green Era 83rd Street LLC to develop and operate a combination liquid waste facility and anerobic digestor composting facility (Class III Recycling Facility) at 650 W 83rd Street.

Based on its review of the liquid waste application, CDPH issued the deficiency letter below.

Green Era Community Hearing:

Metal Management Midwest, Inc. (Sims)

On November 12, 2021, CDPH received a permit renewal application from Metal Management Midwest, Inc., doing business as Sims Metal Management (“Sims”). The application is for a renewal of the Class IVB recycling permit for the facility located at 2500 S. Paulina Street. If renewed, Sims would have to meet the new and strengthened requirements under the Rules for Large Recycling Facilities. Given the new equipment and site improvements required by both the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), if a renewal permit is issued, Sims would be required to operate as a much cleaner facility with significantly reduced impact on the community.

CDPH received numerous comments during the initial written comment period, indicating a significant degree of public interest in the application. In line with our public engagement Guidelines for waste and large recycling facilities, CDPH has scheduled a community meeting prior to making a decision on the renewal application. CDPH has consulted with several community organizations on the content, structure, and timing of the community meeting. We are also seeking to coordinate our permitting process with actions being undertaken by the U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA related to air monitoring and the installation of pollution control equipment. See below for meeting details:

Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Benito Juarez High School

2150 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60608

Doors @ 5:30pm, Meeting 6:00 - 8:00pm

Please register here in advance of this community meeting. 

There is a limited amount of space for in-person attendees, so residents who live near the proposed facility will be prioritized for in-person attendance. A virtual meeting option will be available for those unable to attend in-person.

In addition, CDPH will leave the written comment period open until at least five (5) days following the community meeting. Comments may be submitted to envcomments@cityofchicago.org.

Metal Management Midwest, Inc. (Sims)

El 12 de noviembre de 2021, el CDPH recibió una solicitud de renovación del permiso por parte de Metal Management Midwest, Inc. también conocido como Sims Metal Management (“Sims”). La solicitud es para renovar el permiso de reciclaje Clase IVB para el centro situado en 2500 S. Paulina Street. Si se renueva, Sims tendrá que cumplir los nuevos y más estrictos requisitos de las Normas para los centros de reciclaje de gran tamaño. Debido a los nuevos equipos y a las mejoras del lugar exigidas tanto por el Departamento de Salud Pública de Chicago (Chicago Department of Public Health, CDPH) y la Agencia de Protección Medioambiental de Illinois (Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, IEPA), si se emite un permiso de renovación, Sims tendría que operar como un centro mucho más limpio y con un impacto significativamente menor en la comunidad. 

El CDPH recibió muchos comentarios durante el período inicial de comentarios por escrito, lo que indica un grado significativo de interés público en la solicitud. Conforme a nuestras directrices de participación pública para los residuos y los grandes centros de reciclaje, el CDPH ha programado una reunión con la comunidad antes de tomar una decisión sobre la solicitud de renovación. El CDPH ha consultado a varias organizaciones comunitarias sobre el contenido, la estructura y el cronograma de la reunión comunitaria. También queremos coordinar nuestro proceso de autorización con las acciones iniciadas por la EPA de Estados Unidos y la EPA de Illinois en relación con la supervisión del aire y la instalación de equipos de control de la contaminación. Consulte la información de la reunión abajo:

Miércoles, 19 de octubre de 2022

Benito Juarez High School

2150 S Laflin St, Chicago, IL 60608

Las puertas se abren a las 5:30 p. m., la reunión será de 6:00 a 8:00 p. m.

Inscríbase aquí con antelación a esta reunión comunitaria.  

La cantidad de espacio para quienes asistan en persona es limitada, por lo que se dará prioridad a los residentes que vivan cerca del centro propuesto. Habrá una opción de reunión virtual disponible para quienes no puedan asistir en persona.

Además, el CDPH dejará abierto el período de comentarios por escrito hasta al menos cinco (5) días después de la reunión comunitaria. Puede enviar sus comentarios a

envcomments@cityofchicago.org.

 

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