A successful push to rid a Chicago neighborhood of petroleum coke piles has galvanized residents to confront its next pollution challenge.
Local protesters told Midwest Energy News they decided to risk arrest in their battle to ban petcoke because they are frustrated with city officials’ approach to the problem.
Text message alerts about high-risk days for petcoke exposure are part of a collaboration between activists on Chicago’s Southeast Side and techies and programmers with Chi Hack Night, a movement that helps citizens use public data and open source software around certain policies or issues.
A coalition of environmental and neighborhood groups say it is “unconscionable” that the Illinois EPA is not following through on an effort to regulate petcoke storage statewide.
A recent announcement that petcoke shipments to Chicago will end largely just consists of a company saying it will comply with city regulations instituted a year ago.