Chicago Vows To Take On Dangerous Black Dust — But There’s A Catch

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Chicago appears set to take another big step in its crackdown against petroleum coke, or “petcoke,” though it has thus far refused to ban the mostly-carbon black dust altogether.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced he and two Chicago aldermen — Alds. John Pope (10th) and Ed Burke (14th) — will soon introduce a new ordinance that would ban new petcoke facilities from opening in the city, as well as ban any further expansion of existing facilities that either “process store or handle the material,” according to a City Hall press release.

“These efforts are a significant step to prevent dust from settling in residential areas. We will continue to work to regulate their operations to ensure our residents have the best possible quality of life,” the mayor said in a statement.

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