Il Attorney General files lawsuit against Chicago firm for its handling of pet coke

Mar 5, 2014

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The Illinois Attorney General’s office is accusing a Chicago firm of water pollution and open dumping violations. IPR's Michael Puente reports.

The firm, KCBX Terminals, is under fire for its handling of petroleum coke, or pet coke. It’s an ash-like byproduct of oil refining that some residents say is making them sick. The company stores it in huge piles in two locations along the Calumet River on Chicago’s far southeast side.

In the lawsuit filed Tuesday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the company isn’t keeping storm water or garbage from falling into the river at its north facility on 100th Street. She wants the company to pay a 260-thousand dollar fine.

A company spokesman says it’s disappointed that this issue wasn’t resolved out of court. This is the second lawsuit filed by Madigan’s office against KCBX over the pet coke issue.

Meanwhile, the Chicago City Council will consider an ordinance Wednesday that could ban pet coke from the city.