Chicago scrap shredder agrees to $18,000 fine, improvements

CHICAGO (AP) — A scrap shredder with a history of pollution problems has agreed to pay an $18,000 fine and make improvements intended to prevent explosions and stop metallic pollution from drifting into nearby neighborhoods.

General Iron Industries agreed to the settlement Monday with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration while it seeks final city approval to move from a wealthy, largely white neighborhood to a low-income, predominantly Latino neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reported.

During the five months before a May explosion at the site along the Chicago River, a city health inspector cited the company on 11 separate days for “untreated emissions” from the company’s massive scrap shredder.


The inspector said she also found scrap yard residue littering sidewalks outside General Iron, including shards of metal, glass and plastic that by law should be dumped in a landfill.

The city of Chicago ordered the immediate closure of the plant after the

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