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EPA Reaches Agreement with Lakeside Lithography to Reduce Air Pollution and Abate Lead in Chicago’s Pilsen Neighborhood

Release Date: 10/26/2010
Contact Information: Phillippa Cannon, 312-353-6218, cannon.phillippa@epa.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
No. 10-OPA132

CHICAGO (Oct. 26, 2010) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 has reached an agreement with Lakeside Lithography, 1600 S. Laflin St., Chicago on alleged Clean Air Act violations.

The agreement, which includes a $4,123 penalty, requires Lakeside to install new equipment to reduce air pollution from the facility and keep its garage door closed when its coating line is operating to prevent emissions from affecting the surrounding area.

In addition, the company has agreed to carry out two supplemental environmental projects designed to protect the environment and public health. Lakeside Lithography must spend $15,000 on a lead poisoning prevention and care abatement project in and around its facility in the Pilsen neighborhood. It will contract with and pay a local nonprofit organization experienced in lead abatement to conduct the work. It must also spend $40,000 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the neighborhood by adding controls to its natural gas burners. This change would reduce carbon dioxide emissions in this environmental justice community by 670,360 pounds per year.

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