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Environmental Action

Stop MAT Asphalt!

The sudden appearance in 2018 of a hot-mix asphalt plant across the street from McKinley Park is what first prompted Neighbors For Environmental Justice to get organized. We’re still fighting to close the plant, which has received numerous complaints and citations. Read about it! Get involved! And if you’re in the area while it smells bad, head on over to to submit a report or file a complaint.

Chicago Environmental Justice Network (CEJN)

Environmental justice isn’t just an issue on the Southwest Side. We are working in coalition with Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, People for Community Recovery, Southeast Environmental Task Force Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, Blacks In Green, and Ixchel to confront Chicago’s long pattern of environmental racism and fight for change. Every neighborhood deserves clean air and clean water.

Suing the EPA

N4EJ has partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to sue the US EPA over the way they evaluated the toxic chemical methylene chloride, which is used in the Clean Harbors solvent reprocessing facility at on 42nd street by Ashland.