Clean Up Fisk and Crawford

Join the Fight to Clean Up Pollution from
Fisk & Crawford Power Plants

Few Chicagoan's realize that the single biggest sources of pollution in Chicago are the two coal-fired electric generating plants owned by Midwest Generation in Pilsen and Little Village.

The Fisk and Crawford plants spew more than 17,000 tons of deadly toxins into the air annually and take a huge health toll on residents of the Chicagoland area.

A Harvard School of Public Health study found that air pollution from the two coal-fired plants causes more than 40 deaths, 550 emergency room visits, and 2,800 asthma attacks annually.

Chicago's asthma hospitalization rate is double the national average and the mortality rate for African American and Latino populations is more than five times the rate for whites.

"We're making progress in the fight against asthma," says Dr. Jay Shannon, Chief of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Adult Asthma Clinic, Stroger Hospital, "but we have to reduce pollution from power plants. In Chicago we're seeing more deaths from coal-fired power plants than from homicides."

The Campaign:

The Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago and its partners have launched a campaign to significantly reduce air pollution from the local Crawford and Fisk power plants. The Chicago Clean Power Coalition is working to pass a Chicago city ordinance that requires the strictest pollution reductions achievable through "Best Available Control Technology," which can include scrubbers and catalytic reduction devices.

With your help, we can pass an ordinance that will save lives and avoid hospitalizations and illnesses.

For more information, please contact Brian Urbaszewski at (312) 628-0202.

Columbia College Students Produce Innovative Campaign Materials

RHAMC partnered with advertising students at Columbia College to produce cutting-edge, educational materials in support of the campaign to clean up Fisk and Crawford.

  • Check out the innovative power washing technique that the students developed to draw attention to the deadly effects of the pollution emitted by Fisk and Crawford. This outline was power washed into the sidewalks in front of RHAMC and Alivio Medical Center in Pilsen.