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Beemsterboer Slag Corp.

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

City: Calumet River Coal Storage Site To Shut Down

A company involved in legal skirmishes last year over piles of petroleum coke in Chicago has sold its facility, and a second company has been fined $50,000 for violating an order to stop handling coke and coal products, city officials said Thursday.

09/25/2014

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

City, State Strike Deal To Remove Petcoke Piles From South Side

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Thursday will announce an agreement with Beemsterboer Slag Co. that will force the company to remove petcoke and metcoke that neighbors say have coated their homes with black dust.

12/19/2013

Residents on the Southeast Side say clouds of black dust from heaping piles of petcoke -- a byproduct of the oil refining process -- consistently blow in and around their homes. (Credit: Zimmerman Law Offices)

South Side Families Sue Over Black Dust Piling Up From Oil Refineries

Four homeowners along the Calumet River have filed a lawsuit claiming mounting piles of “petcoke” — a byproduct of the oil refinery process — is consistently blowing black dust in and around their homes.

11/01/2013