Updates on Chicago’s Petcoke Controversy

Petcoke ash along the Calumet River in Chicago

Petcoke ash along the Calumet River in Chicago

In case you missed in during your preparations for the holiday, Dec. 19th  was an important moment in the ongoing controversy about the massive piles of petcoke stored along the Calumet River in close proximity to several Southeast Side Chicago communities.

After vigorous complains by local residents, grassroots activists, and several Chicago aldermen, the Emanuel administration responded in December with new draft regulations from the city’s Health Department to control petcoke dust. While these represent a welcome development, some feel the regulations don’t go far enough. The public commenting period extends through Jan. 24th.

Chicago residents from the far South Side protest the siting of petcoke waste along the Calumet River at an IEPA public meeting on Th 14 Nov 2013
(photo: Progress Illinois)

Mayor Emanuel, Attorney General Madigan Announce Next Steps to Protect Residents from Petcoke Dust” (City of Chicago press release, 19 Dec 2013)

Michael Hawthorne, “Chicago Moves To Enclose Piles of Petroleum Coke” (Chicago Tribune, 19 Dec 2013)

Fran Speilman, “Emanuel Rules Out Ban on Petcoke” (Chicago Sun-Times, 19 Dec 2013)

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