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The [Wednesday] Papers

"In a community that once billed itself as the most industrialized city in America, elected leaders for the second time this year have voiced opposition to a proposed industrial permit," the Northwest Indiana Times reports out of East Chicago.

"The City Council last month voted 8-0 to adopt a resolution opposing an air permit application for Indiana Harbor Coke Co. without 'an aggressive schedule of compliance.' Mayor Anthony Copeland signed the resolution."

It's a start.


"Midwestern cities often side with companies and economic growth, said Mark Templeton, director of the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago.

"While he was not familiar with the details surrounding the Indiana Harbor Coke Co. permit application, Templeton said it's generally a big deal when communities take a stand like East Chicago's elected leaders have done."

FYI from Abrams' website: "The Abrams Environmental Law clinic attempts to solve some of the most pressing environmental problems throughout Chicago, the State of Illinois, and the Great Lakes region. On behalf of clients, the clinic challenges those who pollute illegally, fights for stricter permits, advocates for changes to regulations and laws, holds environmental agencies accountable, and develops innovative approaches for improving the environment."


Back to the Times:

"Thomas Frank, a board member for the Southeast Environmental Task Force, East Chicago resident and member of the Community Strategy Group, said residents' values are changing.

"'We're seeing the representative leaders following the interests of the community,' he said. 'They're saying, No, we don't want this anymore. We don't have to trade our health for jobs. We don't have to trade our health for economic development. We want both.'"

Links mine



-> Flawed CDC Report Left East Chicago Children Vulnerable To Lead Poisoning.

-> East Chicago Is Toxic.


New on the Beachwood today . . .

Amid State Cuts, A Texas High School Football Coach Got A $20,000 Raise. His District Says He's Earned It. (And A Jumbotron.)
"This comes at a time when Carthage ISD also lost $6.9 million after a state funding program primarily supporting rural, oil-dependent school Texas districts expired, forcing hundreds of school leaders to take red pens to their budgets. Carthage ISD raised local property taxes, slashed most teacher benefits, packed students in classrooms, and cut 32.5 teaching, security, transportation and administrative positions."



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