U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 began demolition of a building at the site of Economy Plating, 2348-52 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago on November 15, 2010. Formerly a chrome plating shop, the site has been abandoned since 2003.

Demolition comes after a number of interim steps to protect the community from potentially dangerous contamination. During the initial cleanup in May 2009, EPA found hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, seeping out of the brick walls at concentrations more than 3,000 times higher than safe levels. This posed an unacceptable threat to the community, especially with residences on three sides. EPA also found and removed several hundred containers of hazardous substances such as chromium, cyanide, arsenic and lead.

Economy Plating U.S. EPA Website