“Civil Rights Complaint Filed Over Chicago Plant Relocation”

“Community leaders on the southeast side of Chicago have filed a civil rights complaint accusing the city of pushing heavy industry into Black and Latino communities while enabling luxury developments in wealthy parts of the city.

The Fair Housing Act complaint with the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development centers on the Chicago City Council and Mayor Lori Lightfoot's recent approval of moving a recycling facility from the city's wealthy Lincoln Park neighborhood to southeastern Chicago.

General Iron Industries, which owns the facility, has agreed to shut it down by the end of this year, while the city has agreed to “reasonably cooperate” with General Iron's business partner to relocate the facility to the southeast side of the city.”

Ariel Wittenberg reports for E&E News August 13, 2020.