Southeast Side Chicagoans and environmentalists claim the city has not met its March 31 target to set limits on the allowable amount of petcoke stored in Chicago.
Petcoke, an oil refining byproduct, is being stored on the Southeast Side of the city along the banks of the Calumet River.
Community leaders are expected to hand deliver a letter to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office at City Hall Monday morning, urging him to "follow through with his promise to put the people of Chicago before polluters."
"Rahm Emanuel and [local Ald.] John Pope said they would 'regulate petcoke out of Chicago.' Obviously, that strategy has failed. We need our elected officials to protect the people, not the polluters," Olga Bautista with the Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke said in a news release.
The group's letter delivery comes one day before Chicago's mayoral runoff election between Emanuel and challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.
Local Ald. Pope (10th) is also locked in a runoff battle against aldermanic challenger Susan Sadlowski Garza, a public school counselor. The two candidates have tussled over petcoke issues in the 10th Ward runoff contest.
Read more about the 10th Ward race here, here and here.