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On Aug. 19 Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl sent a letter to Sallie Flynn of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency that asserted the City’s zoning power over proposed modifications to Veolia’s solid waste transfer station, located at Church Street at Darrow Avenue.

The letter also stated, “Residents in the neighborhood have complained time and again about traffic, noise and odor problems caused by the facility. … When a neighborhood’s quality of life is so adversely affected that citizens cannot garden or children cannot play outside due to overwhelming smell and noise generated by the station, that is a powerful indictment against Veolia’s attempt to relax the permit requirements.”

The Mayor’s letter also requested permission from IEPA for residents in the area of the transfer station to comment on Veolia’s request to modify the facility.