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Chicago Denies Permit for General Iron Metal Plant After Organizing from Community

HeadlineFeb 21, 2022

Chicago officials have rejected the final permit for the highly contested General Iron metal shredding plant in the city’s Southeast Side. The area is home to mostly Black and Brown residents. It’s a major victory for local activists whose protests included a hunger strike last year that drew national attention to the issue. A coalition of environmental groups said, “Our community is not a sacrifice zone. This decision can be a turning point for communities of color that have been hurt by environmental racism for decades.”

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