New Air Pollution Modeling Shows Chicago in Danger of Toxic Air
Sulfur dioxide plumes from Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford coal plants loom over neighborhoods, put children’s health at risk
Chicago residents are at risk of high exposure to dangerous sulfur dioxide, according to new air pollution modeling released by the Sierra Club on October 31. Sulfur dioxide, emitted by Chicago’s two coal plants, is linked to asthma attacks, severe respiratory problems, lung disease, neurological damage, and heart complications.
Detailed maps created using ArcGIS software, which used air concentrations calculated by U.S. EPA’s AERMOD (air dispersion model) trace the path of sulfur dioxide pollution from Chicago’s Fisk and Crawford coal plants. The modeling shows that Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are hot spots for dangerous toxins from the two coal plants.