Chicago’s toxic waste corridor

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Chicago’s toxic waste corridor

On Chicago’s Southeast Side, industrial plants have long polluted the environment. What’s wrong with one more?  The evolution of environmental justice standards in Illinois took a wrong turn last October when the state approved the relocation of a toxic chemical-emitting, scrap metal shredder from Lincoln Park, a predominantly wealthy white neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side, to the ever-polluted stretch on the banks of the Calumet River, which is low-income, predominantly Hispanic and black — a nasty example of injustice on the city’s Southeast Side.  Triggered by a complaint from two…

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