Tribune Focuses on Asphalt Plant Development, New Neighborhood Environmental Group

Published June 29, 2018

The Chicago Tribune newspaper has published an article by reporter Tony Briscoe that examines the MAT Asphalt plant at 4010 S. Damen Ave. and the new Neighbors for Environmental Justice group formed to bring attention to the project. The article outlines the scope of the the issues surrounding the new plant, including pollution concerns, examples of existing asphalt plant installations, the equipment at MAT Asphalt and the potential influence of Chicago politics. 

 
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Most significantly, the article brings to light procedural lapses at the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that shortened the community notification time for the new plant to two weeks. This was new information uncovered thanks to Freedom of Information Act requests submitted by members of the Neighbors for Environmental Justice group, which maintains a document repository on the MAT Asphalt plant at http://bit.ly/asphaltplant

Several McKinley Park neighborhood residents and stakeholders were interviewed for the article, including MAT Asphalt owner Michael Tadin Jr., 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas, and residents Anthony Moser and Cristina Martinez.


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