Sims Metal Works to Fix Pilsen Air Monitor Issues

Sims Metal agrees with the recent Sun-Times editorial which highlighted concerns about the high quality air monitors we have installed. The people of Pilsen indeed deserve to breathe easy. We are a recycling company and protecting our environment, including clean air, has not only been fundamental to our business and important to our employees for over 30 years, it is also our raison d’être. It is important to us that our neighbors know about us and our business principles.

We are currently looking to renew our long-standing license to operate in Pilsen. In doing so, we have openly welcomed the stringent new operational regulations established by the City of Chicago for recycling facilities, and we are committed to meeting every requirement. That’s precisely why we’re investing $15 million in Advanced Emissions Controls, a project that has been approved by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

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The air monitors in question have been approved by the Federal EPA. We hired environmental engineering experts to complete their installation and to conduct the monitoring and data collection program as described by the agency. We are confident that all technical issues will be resolved quickly between environmental engineers and regulators.

We will continue to measure ambient air in our community for particulates, volatile organic compounds and metals from various local sources. We are deeply invested in doing the right thing and being a good community partner, and these checks will be an environmental victory for Pilsen and the city of Chicago.

George Malamis, Operations Manager, Sims Metal

mHUB’s future home was a childhood landmark

David Roeder’s column on the planned repurposing of the mHub from the building to 240 N. Ashland Ave. brought back fond childhood memories. Growing up in the Near West Side enclave surrounded by factories, warehouses, and trucking lots, we knew the building—a stone’s throw from nearby Union Park—that towered over our neighborhood and was known as the Cameron Building.

The building’s ubiquitous clock tower served as the community’s “Big Ben” and acted as a sentry that enforced our nightly curfews. Sadly, today it is the only remaining landmark of a community that was erased but shaped my formative years in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mark Allen Boone, Lisle

O’Donnell’s talents will not be forgotten

Maureen O’Donnell will be missed as the author of the Sun-Times obituary. I think I have a few years left, but I was hoping that when the time came, my relatives could persuade Maureen to do a story.

Perhaps thanks to her Irish background, she has a knack for telling people’s stories in a way that makes readers wish they had known them.

Dan McGuire, Bensenville

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