Air Quality Monitoring Study Overview
The City of Evanston has hired RHP Risk Management to design and implement a six-month air quality study centered on the Church Street Waste Transfer Station, located at 1711 Church St., in Evanston. The study will include a 30-day traffic evaluation to better understand how traffic patterns may be impacting air quality in the area. The City does not currently have localized data on air quality. This study will be the first attempt to categorize and understand the air quality within a specific area of Evanston and to identify the sources of potential contaminants.
The City is pursuing this study following input from residents who have called for environmental monitoring to better understand the impact of the waste transfer station on environmental and human health. In March 2016, the City settled a lawsuit with transfer station operator Advanced Disposal and was awarded $1.2 million and the ability to impose a per-ton fee on all waste transferred at the station. The settlement also outlined specific improvements Advanced Disposal would make to their operations and the facility to reduce its impact. Funding for this air quality study comes from the settlement.
Updates and Study Details
Once data has been collected, organized and analyzed it will be posted to the study's project website: www.Evanstonair.info. The City anticipates the first data to be available in mid/late Summer of 2019 (July/August). The City will hold additional community meetings to share and review the data. All updates will be made available and communicated on the Evanstonair webpage and through the Waste Transfer Station newsletter (sign-up here).
The City has released a 3-page document summarizing the history and scope of the 6-month air quality monitoring study to take place around the waste transfer station. The document provides information on the study timeline, the contaminants that will be monitored and the equipment that will be used to monitor air quality around the station.
The RFP document and RHP's winning submittal can be found below for those interested in details of the submission and requirements.
Please note that the costs, timeline and other details in the above submittal have changed through negotiations with the City.
Community Meeting May 2, 2019
When: 6:30 – 8:00pm Thursday, May 2nd 2019
Where: Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston, IL 60201
Meeting Presentation (PDF of PowerPoint given at community meeting)
Due to ongoing concerns regarding the Transfer Station located at 1711 Church Street, the City of Evanston has developed this page as the hub for public information. This page serves as the central point of all City communications and updates related to the current community and City conversations and decision regarding the Church Street Waste Transfer Station.
Thriving Earth Exchange Partnership Documents (TEX)
Basic Information About the Waste Transfer Station
- Site operator – Advanced Disposal www.advanceddisposal.com
- Site Address – 1711 Church St. Evanston, IL 60201
- Site Contact – Cris Manley – 815-378-1679
Issue a Complaint
The City of Evanston encourages community members who feel they are experiencing negative impacts from the Waste Transfer Station to contact 311 to submit a complaint. Submitting 311 requests allows the City to better track the frequency, nature and type of complaints associated with the facility. Contact 311
Questions related to the allocation of the funds awarded to the City in settlement between the City of Evanston and Advanced Disposal should directed to Kumar Jensen, Sustainability Coordinator with the City of Evanston (847) 448-8199 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Map of the Waste Transfer Station site at 1711 Church St., Evanston, IL 60201 (2010)
EPA Permit and Investigation Documents.pdf made public through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Documents include but are not limited to:
- EPA site inspections of the Waste Transfer Station
- Copies of violations issued to the Waste Transfer Station operator
- Violation correspondence between the EPA and Waste Transfer Station operator
Record of City of Evanston Inspections and Reports - Report of Evanston Inspections.pdf
- Includes a historical and chronological detailed timeline of inspections completed by the City of Evanston.