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RMG originally announced plans for a scrap metal recycling facility on Chicago's Southeast Side in 2018

City Denies Permit for Controversial Metal Recycling Facility 

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) has denied RMG/Southside Recycling’s permit application to operate a scrap metal recycling facility on Chicago’s Southeast Side, although it may continue to operate its other businesses on the site.  

CDPH said the potential adverse changes in air quality and quality of life that would be caused by operations, and health vulnerabilities in the surrounding communities, along with the company’s track record in operating similar facilities onsite, present an “unacceptable” risk. 

RMG, which first announced plans in July 2018 to open a new recycling facility upon the closing of General Iron’s facility on the North Side, said in a statement that it had operated responsibly for decades. The planned facility, though, drew fire from environmental activists. 

“We’ve said in court papers that the inability to operate Southside Recycling is posing a threat to RMG’s entire operations,” an RMG spokesman told Crain’s Chicago Business


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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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