Plant Sues Chicago for Permit Delay Over Environmental Justice

May 18, 2021, 5:56 PM

Owners of a metal shredding plant slated for Chicago’s Southeast Side took the city to court on Tuesday, alleging officials illegally delayed final permits for the facility over environmental justice concerns.

Reserve Management Group, parent company of the General Iron recycling facility—rebranded as Southside Recycling—filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois asking that the city be forced to issue the permits and pay damages to the company.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot halted the city permit process for the metal shredding plant’s relocation from the city’s North Side after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wrote ...

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