Crossroads - NWI Green Party News

Crossroads - NWI Green Party News
 Northwest Indiana Green Party
crossroads of Green America
, the forecast for next week calls for close to 65 degrees on Wednesday, in mid December! Our winters are getting warmer as our climate is changing and that is going to have significant affects on Northwest Indiana. With Lake Michigan warmer than normal this year there will a smaller than normal ice cover. This means more erosion and an increased risk of harmful algae blooms on the Lake. We are see the affects of climate change right here in our region. Your Northwest Indiana Green Party is committed to policies that reverse our effect on our climate. Join us as we continue to promote the Green New Deal in Lake, Porter and LaPorte Counties. Discover how you can get involved at our December meeting of the NWI Green Party.

 December NWI Green Party Meeting

Conrad Chapel View Lounge,
Student Center @ Valpo University
1509 Chapel Dr, Valparaiso 

Sunday, December 12, 2021 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

We are closing out 2021 as a local political organization that has fought for our environment during this tough year. At our December meeting the NWI Greens will connect on the many areas of advocacy and outreach and look towards the new year. Join your local Greens for this time to socialize and strategize for our environment and our democracy. The Conrad Chapel View Lounge is located along the hallway of the VU Student Center with an outdoor patio option if the weather permits. Any upates to the meeting will be posted on Facebook. 

Portage Board of Zoning Appeals Approves Lead Casting Plant

At the November meeting of the Portage Board of Zoning Appeals several variances were granted by the city to PlumBum Casting of Illinois to build a lead casting plant on the southwest side of the city near County Line Road. The exact location will be behind the El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant at 5350 US 6. At the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting Michael with the NWI Green Party was the only person to speak against the granting of the variances and one of the concerns he raised was the effects that the 3-building facility would have on air quality in the area since they will be processing lead. Unfortunately, it was apparent that the city wasn’t interested in addressing the potential health and safety concerns of placing a lead casting facility next to residential neighborhoods and adjacent to the Countryside Park sledding hill where many of the region's children play.

The placement of a manufacturing facility casting lead in the mist of residential, commercial and recreational is not good for NWI. The company will receive lead from a recycler, heat it to 800 degrees and make lead fishing weights - a product that is banned in several states including New York, Washington, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as well as Yellowstone National Park and two dozen National Wildlife refuges. With the additional concerns to adjacent properties that are on wells as well as the potential addition of lead to Portage's stormwater system, there are no good reasons for allowing this facility to be built. The communities around the business park have been mobilized with calls to the mayor and members of the city council. The issue was raised at the December common council meeting. If you live in Portage or near the area of County Line Road and US 6, please consider contacting Mayor Sue Lynch of Portage and ask her to stop this harmful development.


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