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Petition to Residents, Property Owners & Businesses of Lincoln Park/Bucktown

Paul Vallas - Your Table is Ready

Background General Iron is an open-air, scrap metal transfer station, located one block west of Clybourn Avenue at the corner of Cortland and Kingsbury in Lincoln Park. The facility is immediately adjacent to the Chicago River. General Iron has been operating at this location for several decades.  Marilyn and Adam Labkon operate the business and have made substantial political contributions to many city politicians including Mayor Emanuel and city council members of the Health Committee. In June and July 2018, the USEPA issued Notices of Violations after air quality monitoring detected high levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) - known cancer-causing agents.  What is Scrap Metal? Examples of discarded scrap metal are ordinary household metals (aerosol cans, beverage cans, old refrigerators, air conditioners), electrical metals (wire, conduit, light fixtures), car parts (radiators, batteries, transmissions) construction metals (paint cans, aluminum siding, rebar) and industrial metals (welding tanks). Some metals such as batteries, radiators, transmissions, refrigerators and paint cans contain, or are coated with, industrial chemicals. Where Does the Scrap Metal Come From? From anywhere and unknown origins.  Scrappers transport scrap metal from all over the Chicago metropolitan area to the General Iron facility. From small Scrappers who traverse the city alleys to large semi’s loaded with scrap, if it’s scrap metal, it is likely to be discarded at General Iron. The payment for the scrap metal varies based on demand for the various recycled metal. What takes place at General Iron? Monday through Saturday, General Iron receives tons of scrap metal from both known and unknown sources. The scrap metal is loaded into a grinding machine that grinds the scrap metal into small pieces. The ground up scrap metal is then loaded into a high-speed conveyor belt and thrown airborne onto large piles that extend 70’ or higher. There are several large piles of scrap metal stockpiled at the facility. Eventually, the ground up scrap metal is loaded onto barges and transported down the river to other facilities where the recycling process continues.   Watch General Iron's operations first hand: Why Should We Be Concerned? 1. The origin for a substantial amount of the scrap metal received by General Iron is unknown.  General Iron does not pre-screen the scrap metal for hazardous waste, combustionable materials, toxins or contaminants that may be harmful to the environment (such as lead and acid from car batteries and Freon from discarded refrigerators) before the scrap metal is ground into small pieces and disbursed airborne into large piles. 2. When the ground up scrap metal is thrown airborne, metal dust and unknown coatings/environmental contaminants may be transported by wind into the nearby residential neighborhoods of Lincoln Park; potentially exposing people to unknown environmental contaminants and health risks.    3. When the stockpiled scrap metal is exposed to water or rain, unknown quantities of metal dust and unknown quantities of coatings/pollutants may be washed onto the ground into the adjacent river and city sewer system. 4. When the scrap is loaded onto barges to be transported down the north branch of the Chicago river, it is likely some scrap metal inadvertently has been spilled into the river causing additional environmental concerns.  5. Periodically, fires have ignited in the large scrap piles exposing nearby residents of Lincoln Park and Bucktown toxic plumes of cancer-causing VOC's . Most recently, the morning of Sunday, December 6, 2015 and the morning of Friday, December 11, 2015, the Chicago Fire Department responded to burning piles of scrap metal. The CFD declared the December 6th fire a Level One Hazmat emergency due to nearby Lincoln Park residents and businesses being exposed to plumes of thick, dense smoke and possible exposure to unknown pollutants for a two hour period before the fire was extinguished. 6. From time-to-time, explosions have taken place at General Iron when unknown, highly volatile gases are ignited. 7. The Lincoln Park neighborhood is exposed to significant noise levels from General Iron’s operations six days a week including as early as 5AM on Saturdays. Can General Iron relocate to other parts of the city that is a safe distance from residential neighborhoods? Yes. There are many parts of the city where a scrap metal transfer station can operate safely without jeopardizing the health and well-being of residents who would otherwise live in close proximity to their facility.

Concerned Neighbors
1,974 supporters
Update posted 17 hours ago

Petition to Craig Menear, Marvin Ellison, Walter Craig Jelinek

Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco: Remove Roundup From Your Shelves!

Dear Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO of Home Depot; Marvin Ellison, President and CEO Lowe’s; and Walter Craig Jelinek, CEO Costco: As the leaders of the most successful retail outlets in the US and around the world, we, your customers, request that you protect us and our communities by removing Roundup products from your shelves. The California EPA Prop 65 Carcinogen List mandated that all products in California containing the chemical glyphosate, a key ingredient in Roundup, must carry a WARNING label, identifying them as cancer and reproductive harm-causing products, by Saturday, July 7, 2018. Monsanto sued and has temporarily stopped this 30-year practice of labeling. Yet, the judge in that case agreed to keep glyphosate on the Prop 65 List, acknowledging that glyphosate is a carcinogen, but not requiring a warning label. Thus, glyphosate, carries no warning label today. Unacceptable! We think everyone deserves to know! These products should not be sold to the public! We call on Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Costco today to protect us, your customers, and stop selling Roundup (and all glyphosate herbicides) now, due to its carcinogenic effects and lack of labeling. Dewayne "Lee" Johnson, a 46-year-old grounds keeper for the Benicia, CA Unified School District, and father of three young boys, is currently in court in San Francisco putting Monsanto on trial for causing his Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer because the glyphosate products he used at work carried no cancer warning label. By the end of the year, over 10,000 people are also expected to sue Monsanto for the same kinds of exposures that Lee Johnson experienced using glyphosate-based products.  There are many safe, non-toxic alternatives on the market today. There is no need to sell a known carcinogen. The customer care representatives that we have spoken with at your stores have taken our calls very seriously. We hope you do, too. Will you remove Roundup from your shelves? Thank you! From, Moms Across America and USA Consumers Contacts: Craig Menear, Chairman and CEO of Home Depot 800-466-3337 press 7, 5 (customer care) Email Twitter: @HomeDepot   Marvin Ellison, President and CEO of Lowe’s 704-758-1000 (press 3)  Email  Twitter: @Lowes Walter Craig Jelinek, CEO, Costco Tel: 800-774-2678 (and Press 6) or 425-313-8163 (425) 313-8100 Twitter: @CostcoTweets Email: 

Moms Across America
82,200 supporters
Update posted 18 hours ago

Petition to Don Davis

Vehicles for the Vulnerable

Like many families with disabled family members, transportation is a struggle with my son Jayden and me.  A wheelchair accessible van would alleviate our issues, but the cost is too high for a working mother with student loan debt and other expenses that come with daily life. Medicaid can help, but their policies make it nearly impossible to get what families need. They help with accessible vehicles in two ways. They will either pay to add modifications to an unmodified vehicle, or they will help with the purchase of a previously modified vehicle by paying the cost of the conversion toward the total price of the vehicle. Recently, I requested an already modified vehicle, and was approved but only for $7,175.00. A conversion costs upwards of $20,000. I learned that for unmodified vehicles, Medicaid pays for nearly 20 conversion items, but will only cover four items on a previously modified vehicle. Many conversion items on previously modified vehicles are necessary for even the most basic conversion. For example, any vehicle with a ramp needs a lowered floor, but that item isn't covered by Medicaid for previously modified vehicles, though it IS covered on unmodified vehicles. If Medicaid would cover the same conversion items on a previously modified vehicle as they do on unmodified vehicles, I would be able to purchase the vehicle and finance the remaining cost. I don't want to buy an unmodified vehicle because there is no guarantee modifications would be approved, and the conversion process itself takes eight to ten weeks. I have already been battling Medicaid for over three months. Please sign this petition to require Medicaid to cover the same conversion items on a previously modified vehicle that they cover on a modified vehicle. My child should not have to be confined to our home over a policy which can be revised to work in favor of our disabled children, rather than against them.

Rebecca Fontes
57,506 supporters
Update posted 19 hours ago

Petition to East Hanover Land Planning Board, Carolyn Jandoli, Frank Demaio Jr., Michael Martorelli, Brian Brokaw Sr.

Join in solidarity to prevent the construction of an infringing industrial development.

Please consider visiting the GoFundMe for this project and supporting the fight by contributing towards the legal fund. Any amount helps!Please also visit this link for a recap of the previous town hall meetings.PROJECT UPDATE: The plan has now been updated to contain one 6,000 sqft warehouse and 7 townhouses of dubious nature (that may exist only to incentivize the rezoning and may never be built). We the undersigned OPPOSE the zoning proposal to convert 8 Merry Lane, an existing Residential area, into a proposed Industrial zone. The plan is to build a huge industrial warehouse  20,000 sqft (UPDATE: Now 6,000 sqft warehouse and "7 townhouses") in the heart of the residential area. We believe this is a clear circumvention of established Spot Zoning laws for the following, blatantly adverse reasons:  We believe the 8 Merry Lane industrial use application is not in the best interest of the General Welfare of the public. It's contradictory to the intent of the Master Plan - whose goal it is to designate and preserve this area as a residential zone. This application will negatively affect the quality of life for the families and residents living in this and adjacent residential zones. The granting of this proposed use would be arbitrary and capricious. Please do not grant a special privilege to allow industrial use on 8 Merry Lane in East Hanover. If it happens to us, it could happen to you too. Exercise your rights as law-abiding homeowners and display your opposition.

mina armani
816 supporters