Controversial Englewood rail yard expansion plan approved

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Plans have been approved to expand a rail yard in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood despite concerns from residents.

The City Council’s Housing Committee agreed to allow Norfolk Southern to purchase 105 vacant lots from the city.

This will expand the rail yard near 51st and the Dan Ryan to a total 84-acres.

People living in the area are concerned about the air quality and have fought to delay the City Council vote.

20th Ward Alderman Willie Cochran tells the Chicago Tribune that Norfolk Southern will meet all federal, state and local pollution standards. Cochran says he has not seen evidence that higher truck and train traffic will cause any health problems.

Area activists want the railroad company to promise deep emission cuts at the yard, beyond what federal and state standards require.

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