The Chicago metropolitan area ranked 14th worst in the nation for 24-hour particle pollution – also known as soot – and 20th worst for high ozone levels – also known as smog – and annual particle pollution, according to the Lung Association.
Imagine sending your kids to school every day not knowing if the air they’re breathing could harm them. That’s what parents of students at Perez Elementary School in Pilsen have been struggling with.
There is good news and bad news in the American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report card.
After years of complaints about pollution from a smelting plant just blocks from a Pilsen school, community activists may get some satisfaction.
Residents in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood complained for years about metallic-tasting smoke rolling down their narrow streets but had little evidence it was harmful.
Air sampling gets under way in earnest Tuesday in an attempt to determine what–if anything–Metra can do to trim emissions of potentially harmful diesel soot,
Metra is looking for immediate remedies to the problem of pollution from diesel locomotives, particularly those idling in Chicago’s Union and Ogilvie stations.
The commuter rail agency takes issue with findings of air quality tests at its two busiest downtown terminals, and aboard trains leaving them.