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Pollution Report

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The Fisk and Crawford coal plants, in Pilsen and Little Village, respectively, have now been shuttered six months. New EPA air quality readings show overall air pollution pretty much in line with city averages. That means there's a lot less barium, hydrochloric acid, hydrogen fluoride, mercury and sulfuric acid being dumped on the fine citizens of the Lower West Side. Asthma attacks and premature deaths should drop accordingly. Lead soil contamination remains an issue, as does continued pollution from two other major coal plants in the region. But, as WBEZ reports, coal is on the wane economically as other fuels outcompete. [WBEZ, previously]