Air Pollution Inspection – 2020 April 22

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“id”: 6665,
“complaint_id”: “600815963”,
“complaint_type”: “AIR POLLUTION WORK ORDER”,
“address”: “2055 W PERSHING RD”,
“street_number”: 2055,
“direction”: “W”,
“street_name”: “PERSHING”,
“street_type”: “RD”,
“inspector”: “16295”,
“complaint_date”: “2020-04-22T00:00:00.000”,
“complaint_detail”: “VERY STRONG FUMES COMING FROM FACILITY.”,


“inspection_log”: “[INSPECTION LOG #: 11368879 22-APR-20 13:00:00]

ON APRIL 22ND-2020 A (CDPH) CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER BEN NWIGWE RESPONDED TO A COMPLAINT CONCERNING ALLEGED STRONG FUMES COMING FROM MAT ASPHALT FACILITY LOCATED AT 2033 W PERSHING ROAD. UPON ARRIVAL I WENT TO THE OFFICE WINDOW AND IDENTIFIED MYSELF BECAUSE I WAS TOLD NO ONE COULD GO INSIDE THE OFFICE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

THE OFFICE MANAGER ANNA VILLAGOMEZ TOLD ME THAT THE PLANT MANAGER WAS CURRENTLY OUT OF THE OFFICE BUT COULD CALL SOMEONE TO ASSIST ME. SHE INVITED DOMINIC THE GROUNDS SUPERVISOR TO SHOW ME AROUND. I STATED THE PURPOSE OF MY VISIT TO HIM AND REQUESTED A WALK-THROUGH OF THE PLANT.

MR. DOMINIC SAID THERE HAS NOT BEEN A SINGLE WEEK WITHOUT SOMEONE COMPLAINING OF ONE THING OR THE OTHER. I ASKED HIM WITH THESE NUMBER OF YEARS THE PLANT HAS BEEN IN OPERATION INCLUDING ALL KINDS OF HI-TECH INVENTIONS I SHOULD THINK SOMEONE COULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO FIND A SOMETHING THAT CAN SUPPRESS THE STRONG ODOR.

HE SAID CITIZEN COMPLAINTS HAVE REACHED TO A POINT THAT THE COMPANY DECIDED TO COME UP WITH SOME CHERRY-LIKE SMELL ADDITIVE AIMED TO BE MIXED WITH THE ASPHALT TO HELP REDUCE THE PUNGENT ODORS. HE SAID THAT THE PROPOSAL HAS BEEN SENT TO BOTH THE CITY OF CHICAGO AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, AND THEY ARE STILL WAITING TO HEAR FROM THEM. HE SAID ABOUT 99.9% OF THE ASPHALT THEY PRODUCED ARE USED BY BOTH GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.“,

“data_source”: “DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH”,
“modified_date”: “2020-04-23T00:00:00.000”,
“latitude”: “41.822972765727336”,
“longitude”: “-87.67702220737627”