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There’s Radioactive Waste On Michael Reese Site That City Is Marketing via DNA Info

The city is courting developers for the long-vacant Michael Reese Hospital land, but potential builders will have to grapple with radioactive waste discovered on the site.

In 2011, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigated the site and found 3 acres were contaminated with radioactive waste from a former uranium processing facility run by University of Chicago professor H.N. McCoy that had been on the site from 1915-20, according to agency reports.

McCoy also ran a lantern company in Streeterville that has left thorium contamination in the neighborhood.

The Mayor’s Office started talking a year ago about restarting its search for a developer for the 49-acre former hospital site along the lakefront in Bronzeville. On Friday, the city said it would put out a request for proposals from developers on Oct. 12.

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