BP to store more ‘petroleum coke’ on Chicago’s Southeast Side

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The city’s Southeast Side will be seeing even more piles of oil waste from Indiana.

BP is storing mountains of “petroleum coke” along the Calumet River.

It is a high sulfur, high carbon waste product that originates from BP’s refinery in Whiting.

BP plans to triple the amount it stores in Chicago by the end of the year.

The piles of waste are kept outside and face fewer restrictions than refineries.

Residents near the site say they can’t stay outside because clouds of dust get blown around.

The EPA and the attorney general’s office are investigating their complaints.

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