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Veolia Neighbors Protest Station Expansion

The protest was held Saturday morning.

A group of residents organized Saturday to protest plans by Veolia to expand the entrance to their waste transfer facility at 1711 Church Street and install a tarping station.

Neighbors have long complained about the station, saying it causes unpleasant odors in the summer months, causes pollution due to trucks that leave their engines on, and wakes them up when trucks commence work before the allowed time.

Click the picture to the right to view a gallery of the protest.

Dickelle Fonda August 30, 2011 at 12:10 PM
THis is an issue of environmental justice which should be of concern for the entire Evanston community and for the second ward alderman!!!!
J C August 30, 2011 at 12:33 PM
Wasen't the dump there before those condos were built?
Cindy Levitt August 30, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Condos? You must be referring to the townhouses to the east. Not sure what your point is though. Do laws not apply? What about the hundreds of people living to the west and north on Darrow and Lyons who have lived there before the Waste Transfer station grew to such a huge operation?
Dickelle Fonda August 30, 2011 at 01:52 PM
THe question isnt about when condos were built but why this transfer station was built on Church St and not on Central St. THe truth in the answer to that question is why this is an issue of environmental justice which is all of our issue , not just those who have to live with this toxic dump in their backyard..
Cindy Levitt August 30, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Dickelle, Great point. I lived in Northwest Evanston for 29 years. The Waste Transfer station certainly wouldn't have been located there! It's also an issue of environmental racism. I've seen a study illustrating the siting of waste transfer stations across the nation and the communities in which they are located.
Lynn Pollack August 30, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Just curious: how long has the dump been there? Is the campaign to remove the dump completely, or just operate it less offensively? What's a tarping facility? (I clearly need to more more about this issue!).
Cindy Levitt August 30, 2011 at 02:31 PM
You can look at some of the background on the website: www.dumptheevanstondump.com. There are some PDF's, some history, etc. on there.
Concerned August 30, 2011 at 04:53 PM
J C, What difference does it make if the dump was there before the condos? Can't someone improve their neighborhood? Besides this is truely a neighborhood problem not a condo development problem. Using your logic, if there was crime in your neighborhood before you moved in you would have no right to do anything about it since the crime was there first. Plain and simple, Veolia is a bad neighbor. When speaking to the media their spokespeople will say they want to be good neighbors but in practice they are bad neighbors. Until very recently Veolia did not even have filters installed on the air they vent into the neighborhood. Veolia falls far short of its own industry's best practices for transfer stations.

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