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Petroleum Coke

KCBX: U.S. EPA analysis shows no pet coke traces

CHICAGO | The Environmental Protection Agency is conducting tests of furnace filters from the East Side and South Deering neighborhoods for pollutants in the air, and has yet to find any petroleum coke.

August 29, 2014 6:30 pm

No plans to store petcoke at Gary industrial park

GARY | Contrary to what you may have heard, petcoke will not be shipped to Buffington Harbor, at least not as part of the first phase of development of a new industrial park, city and Carmeuse officials said.

June 09, 2014 3:30 pm

Activists still pushing for no petcoke in their SE Side neighborhoods

CHICAGO | While the City Council and the Illinois General Assembly both have pending measures on how to regulate the storage of petroleum coke within the city limits, activists said Tuesday they’re still pushing the idea the substance should be banned altogether.

April 15, 2014 3:50 pm

Chicago regulations require enclosure of 'petcoke' piles

CHICAGO | Chicago health officials say huge mounds of petroleum coke along the Calumet River must be enclosed within two years to ease health and environmental concerns.

March 13, 2014 1:18 pm

Kelly, other Ill. reps seek federal investigation into petcoke

CHICAGO | Three Illinois congressmen have signed a letter asking for a federal investigation into the handling and potential health effects of petroleum coke.

March 06, 2014 12:00 am

Illinois AG works on petroleum coke legislation

CHICAGO | Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and state Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie have worked together on new legislation regarding petroleum coke.

February 19, 2014 9:58 am

Chicago officials want to ban more petcoke in city

CHICAGO | Chicago officials said Monday they want to ban any new facilities that handle petroleum coke or coal and prevent existing terminals from expanding.

February 12, 2014 4:00 pm

Illinois EPA files emergency rules for petcoke

SPRINGFIELD | New emergency rules involving the storage of petroleum coke could go into effect as soon as next week, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency said.

January 17, 2014 3:24 pm

Chicago asks residents to report petcoke problems

CHICAGO | Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has launched a new offensive against petroleum coke that's been piling up on the city's far southeast side.

December 04, 2013 12:00 am
New owner buys Hammond's shuttered State Line Energy plant

New owner buys Hammond's shuttered State Line Energy plant

A new owner has bought a large chunk of the former State Line Energy plant property in Hammond, including the historic Art Deco generating station where workers burned coal to produce electricity for more than eight decades.

December 01, 2013 3:30 pm

Petcoke class action lawsuit names BP, four other defendants

A Chicago law firm has filed a class action lawsuit against BP, Hammond-based Beemsterboer Slag Corp. and three other companies over the petroleum coke that has been stored along the Calumet River.

November 25, 2013 7:30 pm
Piles of 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

Piles of 'petcoke' raising residents' ire

CHICAGO | The images are startling. Billowing black clouds darken the daytime sky as wind-driven grit pelts homes and cars and forces bewildered residents to take cover.

November 25, 2013 7:30 pm Photos


Ill. AG, Chicago sue Hammond company over pet coke

CHICAGO | The Illinois attorney general and city of Chicago have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop a Hammond company from storing petroleum coke along the Calumet River.

November 22, 2013 3:27 pm

South East Side activists alerting public to potential hazards of petcoke

CHICAGO | Environmental activists from the East Side and surrounding neighborhoods are working to make the public aware of the potential health hazards from mounds of petroleum coke stored openly along the Calumet River.

November 20, 2013 2:30 pm

AG sues over pet coke pollution in Chicago

CHICAGO | Attorney General Lisa Madigan is suing a Chicago company for alleged air pollution violations involving piles of petroleum coke and coal.

November 04, 2013 4:15 pm
Ill. EPA alleges violations at South East Side pet coke piles

Ill. EPA alleges violations at South East Side pet coke piles

CHICAGO | A Hammond-based company storing petroleum coke on Chicago's South East side has been cited for a host of alleged violations by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

October 30, 2013 5:30 pm Related

East Side residents angry about 'black dust'

CHICAGO | More than 50 East Side residents crammed into the Wolfe Park Field house Thursday night to voice frustration with petroleum coke apparently seeping into their homes.

October 24, 2013 10:45 pm
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