KCBX takes the hint on petcoke
It has been a tough week for Chicago's petroleum coke industry, which means it has been a good week for lungs on the Southeast Side. People there have long complained about choking clouds of black petcoke dust blowing across their neighborhoods.
On Thursday, KCBX Terminals, the city's last petcoke storage operator, said it would whittle down its piles of the gritty refinery byproduct. By June of next year, the incoming petcoke will be transferred directly to transport barges rather than remaining in mountains that could be blown across the East Side and South Deering neighborhoods.