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Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
Sat May 3, 2014, 10:00 AM May 2014

Koch Brothers Face Lawsuit Over Chicago's Toxic Black Dust: Huffington Post


Environmentalists are planning to take billionaires Charles and David Koch to court, alleging the brothers' companies are responsible for polluting Chicago's Southeast Side with the black, thick dust known as petroleum coke -- or petcoke, a byproduct of the oil refining process.

ThinkProgress reported this week that the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Southeast Environmental Task Force (SETF) have given a 90-day notice of an intention to sue Koch-owned companies including KCBX Terminals over the pollution associated with their petcoke storage facilities located along the Calumet River in a low-income, partially industrial Chicago community.

In a press release, the groups said the lawsuit stems from neighbors complaining that the dust spewing from the facilities' large, uncovered petcoke piles has polluted the river, "invaded" their homes and blackened area skies.

"People are complaining about finding dust from these sites inside their homes," Peggy Salazar, SETF executive director, said in a statement. "Black dust is coating their houses and probably their lungs. This has to stop. And hopefully this suit will achieve that."


I sure hope they make them pay a whole lot. Maybe, just maybe, these assholes should be sentenced to live on Chicago's Southeast Side as close to the dust as possible as the case drags through court...That would do it....
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(21,646 posts)
1. Good the people there need help !!!
Sat May 3, 2014, 10:02 AM
May 2014

"Black dust is coating their houses and probably their lungs. This has to stop. And hopefully this suit will achieve that."

Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
2. I sure hope you are correct.
Sat May 3, 2014, 10:15 AM
May 2014

Also, I hope that this is filed and decided quickly. Like on emergency basis, to stop this as soon as possible.



(31,493 posts)
3. I've been assured that the dust is sterile by a DU member. Too bad I couldn't tell em off...
Sat May 3, 2014, 11:31 AM
May 2014

thanks to the alert/jury system. It's a shame ...can't tell someone to go fuck themselves.

Stuart G

(38,672 posts)
7. Years ago, we were told lots of lies. (and we still are)
Sat May 3, 2014, 01:21 PM
May 2014

In Illinois in the 40s, I suspect that we were told burning coal for heat was ok. Then in the early 50s, a London killer smog killed thousands. (over 10,000) ...So a few years later, they made burning coal for heat..against the law..


Cigarette smoking ok..till the 60s.

Now this dust....It is not ok.
We all know..


Voice for Peace

(13,141 posts)
6. I fervently wish this to be the beginning of an endless series of lawsuits against the polluters
Sat May 3, 2014, 01:14 PM
May 2014

Make them clean it up, make them pay.

They are costing the taxpayers money because they make people sick.

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