The Illinois attorney general and city of Chicago have filed a lawsuit seeking to stop an Indiana company from storing petroleum coke along the Calumet River.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office said Friday that they filed the lawsuit late Thursday against Beemsterboer Slag Corporation in Hammond, Indiana. The lawsuit seeks an injunction requiring the company to remove petroleum coke from its facility on Chicago’s South Side. It also wants the company to obtain an operating permit from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Co-owner Alan Beemsterboer says the company is “cooperating fully” with Illinois officials. He says Beemsterboer is removing carbon-based products from the site and hopes to be finished by the end of the year. He also says the company has applied for a permit with the Illinois EPA.