- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn’s office says it’s “reviewing alternative options” after a state pollution panel rejected proposed emergency regulations to control piles of petroleum coke.

But a statement released by Quinn’s office didn’t detail those options and a spokesman didn’t immediately return messages seeking clarification.

The Illinois Pollution Control Board said Thursday it agreed with industry that there was no imminent threat to public health and safety from piles of petcoke on Chicago’s southeast side. Instead, any rules will go through the regular, months-long rulemaking process.

Petcoke is a byproduct of oil refining. Residents complain the gritty black substance blows into their neighborhoods and threatens their health.

Quinn, environmentalists and residents wanted to require storage terminals to cover the piles more quickly than many operators said could be done.

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