- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The Illinois attorney general’s office is suing a company for allegedly allowing petroleum coke to wash into the Calumet River on Chicago’s southeast side.

Lisa Madigan said Tuesday that her office had filed a second lawsuit against KCBX Terminals Co., which stores petcoke after it’s produced at an Indiana refinery. A November lawsuit alleged air pollution violations.

Petcoke is a powdery fuel made by “cooking” residue left over after making gasoline and diesel. It’s been piling up along shipping channels in the Midwest, and residents say they worry about health and environmental problems.

A KCBX spokesman says a lawsuit was unnecessary because the company has been working to resolve the issue.

Chicago and Illinois officials have proposed regulations to require companies handling petcoke to cover or enclose the huge piles.

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