Certain industrial businesses would be required to consult their local alderman, hold public meetings and face a City Council committee before opening facilities that emit air pollution under an ordinance introduced this month by Ald. George Cardenas (12).

The ordinance (O2020-2217) would crank up requirements for any business that is seeking both a special-use permit from the city’s Zoning Board of Appeals and an air pollution control permit, which is issued by the Chicago Department of Public Health in consultation with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The new rule would only apply to proposals located inside designated Planned Manufacturing Districts.

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