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Chicago Accused of Discrimination in Moving Polluting Plant (1)

Aug. 13, 2020, 7:45 PM; Updated: Aug. 13, 2020, 9:00 PM

A coalition of environmental groups are accusing the city of Chicago of causing environmental injustice by relocating polluting industries to low-income neighborhoods.

The groups on Thursday filed a discrimination complaint with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The move was prompted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s decision last September to facilitate closing a metal-shredding facility in an affluent area of the city, and opening a new industrial facility from the same company, Reserve Management Group, in the city’s Southeast Side.

That area is a recognized environmental justice community with some of the highest levels of airborne toxic heavy metals in ...

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