Latinos in Chicago Sue Coal Plants Over Pollution, Property Values

CHICAGO, IL — “Residents of two Latino neighborhoods in Chicago affected by emissions from coal-fired power plants filed suit against the plants’ operator, demanding compensation because the odors and pollution deny them the right to enjoy their properties.

In documents presented last week before a Cook County civil court, the plaintiffs identified themselves as residents of an area within a mile of the Fisk and Crawford plants in the neighborhoods of La Villita/Little Village and Pilsen, respectively.

They said the pollution affects 21,786 residences that are home to 76,857 people.

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Emanuel gives coal plant operator an ultimatum to clean up

— Hal Dardick and Michael Hawthorne, Chicago Tribune