CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — There was a resounding ‘no’ to an plan to change Indiana law to allow the city of Gary to locate a demolition waste site 600 feet from homes.
WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.READ MORE: Anxiety, Then Relief At South Side Shoeshine Shop As Guilty Verdict Is Read Against Derek Chauvin In Death Of George Floyd
Sam Henderson with the Hoosier Environmental Council noted that Northwest Indiana is one of the hottest toxic regions in the country.
He says peoples health has suffered as a result.
“Our concern is that state statute was set to mitigate against communities doing things that were against their own health interests,” says Henderson.READ MORE: 2 CPD Officers Hurt In Collision Involving Police Vehicle, Jeep
Lake County Councilman Jamal Washington says it’s unfair to Gary residents.
“To me it’s creating more blight,” says Washington. “Because people are going to move away.”
According to the Times of Northwest Indiana, Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson wants the dump to save millions that would be hauling away the debris from demolishing abandoned homes.MORE NEWS: 'Don't Test Us': Chicago's Mayor Lightfoot On Plans After Chauvin Verdict