The manufacturing sector has a problem with the stateâ€™s new rules regarding petcoke.
Petcoke is a byproduct of oil refining, and it has industrial uses in the production of cement, steel, paper and brick, and itâ€™s used as a coal substitute.
Petcoke piles became a neighborhood nuisance in Chicago last year, soiling homes and cars when it blew around, but Mark Denzler of the Illinois Manufacturers Association says that was a one-time incident that doesnâ€™t call for further regulation.
â€śWe have petcoke in the Metro East, we have it around the Joliet area, we have it around Chicago, and when we reached out to the attorney generalâ€™s office, we reached out to the Illinois EPA, we asked if thereâ€™s been any other incidents across the state thatâ€™s been reported, and the answer is no,â€ť he said.
The Illinois EPA will file new regulations this week. Denzler says the rules that will require petcoke piles to be covered and for the petcoke to be stored for a limited time are so burdensome that they are effectively a ban on petcoke, which would force businesses that use it to pay more to have it shipped in.