Saint Louis, MO asked in Agricultural Law, Civil Rights and Environmental for Illinois

Q: My neighbor waits until dark to burn excavation site junk. Makes breathing hard. Is this illegal? Can we stop him?

He burns demolished houses, tires, and anything that will burn. The smoke cloud is immense, and always blows all over the neighborhood. I can't breathe inside my own home.

1 Lawyer Answer
Robert D. Kreisman
Robert D. Kreisman
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  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: My suggestion would be to contact your local alderman (if you live in the City of Chicago) or your local municipal government. I would be fairly sure that what your neighbor is doing, burning material putting off noxious odors, is in violation of local, municipal, and state law.

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