The hunger strikers, along with several community organizations, say they are tired of polluting industries using their home as a dumping ground. Randall Samborn, a spokesperson for RMG, says the future facility would be outfitted with the latest air-pollution controls. Decades of research has linked air pollution to cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses and premature death. Air pollution can even contribute to a higher risk for contracting and dying of infectious diseases such as SARS—and the illness behind our current pandemic—several studies now suggest. In 2018 Yukyan Lam, a public health scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council, mapped the cumulative health impacts of environmental pollution in Chicago, including particulate air pollution from diesel trucks and other sources.