NRDC Watching Chicago Rules about Petcoke
November 22, 2013 — The Natural Resources Defense Council is monitoring industrial waste it says is affecting Chicago as pollution that’s coming from Whiting.
The NRDC says “petcoke” is a waste by-product of crude oil refining. It says tar sands oil refining has increased at BP’s Whiting facility, creating petcoke in the form of black piles of high-sulfur metal-laden waste settling in Chicago.
It says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office is reviewing a new ordinance requiring the toxic waste be covered. NRDC also says two Chicago aldermen have introduced an ordinance to prohibit storage/retention of petcoke altogether.