Black Dust

Feds Hit Storage Facility For Petcoke Dust EmissionsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accused a company that stores huge piles of petroleum coke on the Calumet River of violating federal regulations to limit emissions of harmful black dust, after tracing clouds of the powdery substance to the company.
City, State Strike Deal To Remove Petcoke Piles From South SideMayor 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.
Mayor Orders Health Department To Draft Petcoke RegulationsAs the ordered Chicago’s public health department to draft regulations for dusty refinery waste from sites along the Calumet River, a group of protesters was taking their concerns to the head of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
South Side Families Sue Over Black Dust Piling Up From Oil RefineriesFour 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.