Illinois Attorney General files lawsuit against waste storage company

The Illinois Attorney General’s office is suing one of the companies that’s storing coal waste along the Calumet River on Chicago’s far Southeast side.

Scales300x225Residents say dust from the mounds of gritty petroleum coke, petcoke, has contaminated their homes.

The lawsuit accuses KCBX Terminals of violating state law.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants the company fined $50,000 for every violation of state law and $10,000 for every day the company continues to violate the law.

Area residents filed a class action lawsuit last week against several waste storage companies, including KCBX Terminals.

The company has not commented on the state lawsuit.

In a statement last month, a spokesman said the company is spending more than $10 million to upgrade its facilities, including improvements to its “dust-suppression capabilities.”

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