Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and a petcoke operator on Chicago's Southeast Side have reached a settlement over a lawsuit involving alleged water pollution and open dumping violations.
Madigan's suit against KCBX Terminals Company (KCBX) claimed that the company's infrastructure to prevent petcoke, a byproduct of oil refining, from getting into the Calumet River was insufficient at one of two of its Southeast Side facilities.
Under the agreement announced Tuesday, KCBX will pay a civil penalty of $35,000. The company has also ceased operations at its north petcoke terminal, near 100th Street and Commercial Avenue.
Additionally, KCBX will "submit a plan to close an onsite retention pond and to implement other closure activities required by its NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) permit."
"KCBX's petcoke facilities are a serious concern for nearby residents," Madigan said in a statement. "The closing and cleaning of the north terminal is an important step to protect the health and environment for residents on Chicago's Southeast Side."