Day VIII Clearing the Air Road Tour—Hammond, IN—State Line Plant

The State Line Generating Plant is located on the shore of Lake Michigan in Hammond, Indiana, Immediately across the state’s border with Illinois is Chicago’s East Side neighborhood.    The plant is about 12 miles southeast of downtown Chicago. There are five schools and several parks within a mile of the plant. Today the neighborhood surrounding the plant is one of the poorest in Greater Chicago. It is also one of the major Latino population centers in the city.

Several Hammond residents who are NAACP members and officers, gathered at the plant to share their perspectives on the plant, the neighboring community, and the suspected impact of the plant on their families and communities.

Ms. Ida Halliburton starts out by speaking about the plant in general and how it might impact the community NAACP serves.

Mr. Larry O’Bannon speaks about the health effects potentially connected to the plant and cites the asthma of his son as well as the proliferation of respiratory illnesses in his community, including many people he knows who are on assistive breathing machines.

Reverend Homer Calvin describes the communities surrounding the plant as well as the further areas that may be impacted and also speaks of the multiple persons he knows who are on respirators as he wonders if this is the result of years of ingesting the emissions from State Line.

Mr. Leo Harwell showed me some of the surrounding areas of the State Line Plant.


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One Comment on “Day VIII Clearing the Air Road Tour—Hammond, IN—State Line Plant”

  1. body face Says:

    Hi, Nice post!

    I really like it especially the part “Several Hammond residents who are NAACP members and officers, gathered at the plant to share their perspectives on the plant, the neighboring community, and the suspected impact of the plant on their families and communities.”

    I will surely reading your other posts.
    Thanks!


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