2011 Aug. : IL : (Battle against particulates) Solis Focuses On Hispanic Caucus Remap, Clean Air
This week, the council’s Black Caucus announced that former Sixth Ward … amount of carbon and other particulate matter that is emitted by the facilities. …
Meanwhile, Solis remains in the thick of the fight for clean air, something that Progress Illinois has coveredthoroughly. He re-introduced the Clean Power Ordinance last week at City Council with a total of 31 co-sponsors. The ordinance would force the controversial Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants to lower the amount of carbon and other particulate matter that is emitted by the facilities.
A separate ordinance also introduced by Solis is the Lead Pollution Ordinance, which passed unanimously in the Committee on Health and Environment and the full council.
“I collected over 500 signatures from individuals neighboring Perez School, where the high levels of lead were reported, in support of this ordinance. I worked with the Clean Power Coalition to get their support behind the ordinance,” Solis said of his effort.
As for criticism by a local community group, Pilsen Environmental Rights and Reform Organization (PERRO), for the lack of community involvement in creating the lead ordinance, Solis said “My staff also met with PERRO leaders to get their feedback to the initial ordinance and attended a community meeting to get more information from the community regarding the ordinance. This information was considered and incorporated when creating the substitute ordinance which passed council last week.”