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Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

By Matt Wood in News on Nov 30, 2005 4:05PM

2005_11_choco_redstreak.jpgTake a deep breath today folks, it'll be one of your last whiffs of Blommer's chocolate. The EPA was serious about ridding downtown Chicago of the scourge of chocolate pollution. The Blommer Chocolate factory is heeding a complaint by the agency about the pollution caused by grinding cocoa beans and will soon be installing equipment to stifle the emissions.

In today's Red Streak cover story, accompanied by a nasty picture (or hot, we can't decide), the EPA reiterated that they had to crack down on Blommer because inhaling a high concentration of airborne particles--even if they're chocolate--can irritate respiratory illnesses, especially in children. They also confirmed that the source of the complaint was one person, though they wouldn't give a name. Chicagoist is going out on a limb here, but if a name ever gets out that sad, lonely, chocolate-hating person better make like Steve Bartman and get the FOD.