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Deal requires removal of Chicago petcoke piles

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CHICAGO (AP) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says an agreement with an Indiana company to remove petroleum coke from Chicago's Southeast Side will help protect residents from a serious health threat.

Madigan and Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the deal Thursday.

The material called "petcoke" is a byproduct of oil refining that's been accumulating along Midwest shipping channels, sparking health and environmental concerns.

Madigan's office is working on legislation to address the issue statewide.

Emanuel says Chicago and Illinois are catching up on safeguards that should've been in place long ago.

Hammond, Ind.-based Beemsterboer Slag Corp. couldn't be reached for comment Thursday. But the company has already been removing carbon-based products from its Chicago facilities and has said it is cooperating fully.

Madigan's office and the city filed lawsuits last month.


Posted 12/19/2013