Chicago Tonight May 20, 2020


“The RTO (regenerative thermal oxidizer) appears to have had some success in terms of reducing the volatile organic compound emissions. There’s no question about that and the science does say that. . . . We’re not scientists,” Chicago Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) said, appearing alongside General Iron spokesman Randall Samborn on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight on May 20.

“And I give them credit. That thermal oxidizer . . . cost several million dollars.” Alderman Hopkins said.

Actual experts at the Illinois EPA told City of Chicago officials in early April that General Iron was fully compliant with air quality emissions standards.

We appreciate Alderman Hopkins’ recognition of the efforts we’re making. We’re looking forward to completing our even better new facility on the southeast side on much larger property with greater buffers from public streets and neighbors. General Iron has the only enclosed metal shredder in Chicago with a particulate matter filter and an RTO. The City’s best long-term interest will be served when we complete all necessary repairs, meet and exceed all city and state operating requirements, and resume responsible recycling that protects public health and the environment.