Air Pollution Inspection 2020 July 17

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“id”: 11126,
“complaint_id”: “600865033”,
“complaint_type”: “AIR POLLUTION WORK ORDER”,
“address”: “2055 W PERSHING RD”,
“street_number”: 2055,
“direction”: “W”,
“street_name”: “PERSHING”,
“street_type”: “RD”,
“inspector”: “410716”,
“complaint_date”: “2020-07-28T00:00:00.000”,
“complaint_detail”: “VERY STRONG SMELL ALMOST LIKE FIRE WORKS.”,

“inspection_log”: “[INSPECTION LOG #: 12214762 17-JUL-20 09:20:00]

THIS IS AN IEPA COMPLAINT FROM JULY 17, 2020 WHERE THE COMPLAINANT OBSERVED VERY STRONG SMELL ALMOST LIKE FIREWORKS. THIS INCIDENT WAS GIVEN TO ME ON JULY 28, 2020. ON JULY 17, 2020, I RESPONDED TO ANOTHER COMPLAINT ABOUT ODOR AT MAT ASPHALT AT 2055 W PERSHING RD, WHICH IS LESS THAN A MILE AWAY FROM THE IEPA COMPLAINANTS LISTED ADDRESS. IT WAS ALSO OBSERVED THAT THE WIND DIRECTION DURING THIS INSPECT WAS COMING FROM THE SSW, SW, AND WSW.

I OBSERVED STRONG ODORS OF FRESHLY PRODUCED ASPHALT AND ODORS SIMILAR TO FIREWORKS (BURNING CHEMICALS/SULFUR) DOWNWIND FROM THE FACILITY. OTHER FACILITIES EAST OF THE COMPLAINT WILL ALSO BE INSPECTED FOR COMPLIANCE. PLEASE VIEW INSPECTION REPORT (SR#600859145) BELOW:CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEER PERFORMED A FOLLOW-UP INSPECTION TO A CITIZEN?S COMPLAINT REGARDING OPEN TRUCK BEDS, CAUSING DUST FROM THE FACILITY AT 2055 W PERSHING RD, MAT ASPHALT.

WHEN I ARRIVED TO THE AREA ON JULY 17, 2020, I OBSERVED 14 TRUCKS EXITING AND/OR ENTERING THE FACILITY IN A PERIOD OF 20 MINUTES, WHILE ON PERSHING RD. EACH TRUCK THAT EXITED/ENTERED HAD THEIR TRUCK BED?S COVERED WITH A TARP. I WAS ABLE TO OBSERVE A TRUCK THAT WAS STOPPED AT THE RED LIGHT AT DAMEN AVE AND PERSHING RD. THIS TRUCK HAS ITS TRUCK BED TARP CLOSED AND I WAS ABLE TO OBSERVED VAPORS ESCAPING THE TRUCK BED. THESE VAPORS ARE CREATED FROM THE HOT MIX ASPHALT AND IT CAN LOOK LIKE DUST.

WHILE ON PERSHING RD NEAR DAMEN AVE, STRONG ODORS OF FRESHLY PRODUCED ASPHALT AND ODORS SIMILAR TO FIREWORKS (BURNING CHEMICALS/SULFUR) WERE OBSERVED. THESE ODORS ARE VERY UNCOMFORTABLE TO INHALE AND INSTANTLY MADE ME NAUSEOUS. A CITIZEN THAT WAS WALKING IN THE PARK EXPRESSED HOW HORRIBLE THE ODORS WERE THAT DAY AND HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR HIM TO BREATH.

I OBSERVE THE EMISSIONS FROM THE STACK BLOWING TOWARDS THE INTERSECTION OF DAMEN AVE AND PERSHING RD, BLOWING INTO AND OVER THE FACILITIES EAST OF MAT ASPHALT.

WHILE ONSITE, I OBSERVED MAT ASPHALT UTILIZING THEIR CRUSHER TO BREAK LARGE PIECES OF ASPHALT. I CHECKED THE CDPH DATABASE, HANSEN, TO ENSURE THAT THE CRUSHER IS LISTED ON THEIR CDPH AIR POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT. IT WAS OBSERVED THAT THE REGULATED EQUIPMENT IS NOT LISTED ON THEIR CDPH AIR POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT AND THEY ARE OPERATING THIS REGULATED EQUIPMENT WITHOUT A VALID CDPH AIR POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT.

I ALSO OBSERVED AIR BORNE PARTICULATE CREATED BY THE CRUSHER. THERE ARE NO WATER MISTERS/WATER SPRINKLES TO CONTROL THE PARTICULATE. AFTER THE INSPECTION, I FOUND THAT THE WIND DIRECTION FROM 8AM-9AM WAS PROPELLING FROM THE SSW, SW, AND WSW. THIS MEANS THAT ODORS WERE OBSERVED AT THE SOUTHEAST SIDE OF MCKINLEY PARK AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD ENCLOSED BY DAMEN AVE, 37TH ST, ASHLAND AVE, AND PERSHING RD.

A NOV CITATION #E000038273 IS ISSUED FOR AIR POLLUTION CONTROL PERMIT REQUIRED (11-4-620(A)) AND AIR POLLUTION PROHIBITED (11-4-730) TO MAT ASPHALT LLC. A NOV CITATION #E000038274 IS ISSUED FOR NUISANCE IN CONNECTION WITH BUSINESS (7-28-080) AND HANDLING MATERIAL SUSCEPTIBLE TO BECOMING WINDBORNE (11-4-760(A)) TO MAT ASPHALT LLC. THE HEARING DATE FOR THE CITATIONS WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 AT 1:00 P.M. AT 400 W. SUPERIOR ST. THE CITATION WILL BE SERVED VIA US MAIL TO MAT ASPHALT LLC’S AGENT LISTED ON THE ILLINOIS SECRETARY OF STATE CORPORATION FILE DETAIL REPORT. THE AGENTS NAME AND ADDRESS ILLINOIS IS MICHAEL TADIN, JR AT 4450 S MORGAN ST, CHICAGO, IL 60609.”,