HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE DELIVERING LETTERS TO MAYOR, CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side have been battling facilities piling waste from the nearby BP Whiting Refinery close to their homes, schools and parks for more than a year. Though the City has taken action on the issue, residents remain concerned about pollution emanating from the facilities and are calling for a rejection of variance requests that would allow petcoke facilities to avoid compliance with City rules for years, if ever.
The Southeast Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, National Nurses United, Reclaim Chicago and the Natural Resources Defense Council are bringing neighbors to the Loop to deliver letters to public officials calling on them to force KCBX, a Koch-brothers owned company, to enclose their petcoke piles as required by City law, or close.
MONDAY, December 8 at 10:30 a.m.
James R. Thompson Center, 100 E. Randolph in Chicago. Press conference and press availability to be held outside on the south side of the building.
Olga Bautista, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, 773-712-4956
Sheilah Garland, National Nurses United, 312-255-5219
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