We have issued a stop work order to Hilco Redevelopment Partners and no further demolition will occur on-site until the investigation is complete.
- We have collected dust samples for analysis and will share results with the public.
- We have distributed face masks to area residents.
- We are installing additional air monitors in the area to track airborne dust.
- We are overseeing clean-up of the affected area.
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:
- Regularly wet-mop floors and wipe down counters and window sills using a household cleaner. Do not use bleach.
- Avoid dry sweeping – this will spread dust.
- Wash children’s hands after they come in from playing outside and before eating.
- Regularly clean your children’s toys – use warm soapy water, then rinse thoroughly.
- Use a doormat and remove your shoes before entering your home.
- Consider keeping your windows closed on very dry and windy days when dust is visible.
It is a mixture of solid particles and liquid droplets found in the air. Some particles, such as dust, dirt, soot, or smoke, are large or dark enough to be seen with the naked eye. Others are so small they can only be detected using an electron microscope. They can come from construction sites, unpaved roads, fields, smokestacks, fires or power plants, industries and automobiles. Particulate matter contains microscopic solids or liquid droplets that are so small that they can be inhaled and cause serious health problems. Some particles less than 2.5 micrometers in diameter, also known as fine particles or PM2.5, pose the greatest risk to health. Learn more about particulates on the EPA website. https://www.epa.gov/pm-pollution
5,000 masks have been distributed to residents in the impacted area. Hilco will be distributing 10,000 more to area residents in the coming days.
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.
- Mayor Lightfoot is issuing a moratorium on demolition by implosion for six months while the City reviews requirements.
- Working across agencies and with multiple stakeholders including community groups, the City will develop a new process for special permits such as implosion.
- We will begin immediately engaging a group of environmental justice advisors to provide guidance on policy change that centers equity and resiliency and considers issues around cumulative impacts specific to a community.
- The City voided MCM’s permit upon an initial review over the weekend. Additional measures will be taken if warranted.
Residents can call 311 to report any concerns or ask questions about what actions to take to protect themselves from dust.