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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)

Feds Hit Storage Facility For Petcoke Dust Emissions

The 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.

06/04/2014

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

Southeast Side residents protesting piles of pet coke along the Calumet River. (Credit: John Waelti)

Southeast Side Residents Protest Piles Of Pet Coke

Protesters gathered on the southeast side today. Their target? Piles of refinery ash sitting along the Calumet River.

11/24/2013

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)

Mayor Orders Health Department To Draft Petcoke Regulations

As 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.

11/19/2013

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Human Body Found In Coal Shipment On Far Southeast Side

In a grisly discovery over the weekend, a man’s body was found as a load of coal was emptied in a coal plant on the city’s Far Southeast Side.

CBS Chicago–08/29/2011