Deal reached to remove petcoke from site on Southeast Side

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A deal has been reached to remove a harmful petroleum by-product from a storage site on Chicago’s Southeast side.

Piles of petroleum coke are stored out in the open.

Neighbors say winds blow around the black dust, affecting their health and their property.

Mayor Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan came to an agreement with one of the owners of the petcoke storage facilities.

Beemsterboer will not be allowed to accept, handle or store any more petcoke until it gets the required permits.

Any petcoke currently being stored without a permit must be removed.

The state and city are giving Beemsterboer one week to submit a proposal explaining how it plans to remove the petcoke from its facility.

Another nearby company, KCBX, says it spent $10 million for a dust suppression system and is working with the EPA to install air monitors.

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