CHICAGO (CBS) — Southeast Side activists say the air seems to be a bit cleaner these days, but they still want to see out of their communities, companies that deal with the gritty petroleum byproduct known as petcoke.
Southeast Siders recently agreed to a class action settlement in two lawsuits against several companies and Olga Bautista, mother of two and member of the Southeast Chicago Coalition to Ban Petcoke says, “For us, it’s a victory. It is a victory. It’s not enough. It doesn’t go far enough to protect the community.”READ MORE: Katrina Pierce Charged With Using Names Of Homicide Victims To Collect Tax Refunds And Stimulus Checks, And She Has Gone To Prison Before For Similar Schemes
The settlement is $1.45 million. Residents who file claims by September 24 will split what remains after lawyers are paid. Residents can find claim forms at petcokechicagosettlement.com.