SOURCE: Beemsterboer Slag Corp.

Beemsterboer Slag Corp.

December 19, 2013 15:51 ET

Beemsterboer and Illinois Attorney General Cooperatively Agree on Next Steps for Dust Issues

HAMMOND, IN--(Marketwired - Dec 19, 2013) - Beemsterboer Slag Corp. and Illinois Attorney Lisa Madigan today cooperatively entered into an Agreed Order relating to dust issues surrounding the storage and handling of petroleum coke (petcoke) at one of the company's bulk storage facilities located along the Calumet River in Chicago.

Today's Agreed Order essentially tracks with work the company voluntarily initiated weeks ago for the removal of material from the facility. The company also stopped accepting more orders for petcoke and is drawing down the remaining material at the facility while awaiting permit reviews from the state. 

 "We are a family-run business operating in the community for generations," said Alan C. Beemsterboer, secretary and treasurer of Beemsterboer Slag Corp. "This Agreed Order helps continue our strong record of compliance with the State and our reputable work in the community as corporate neighbors."

Beemsterboer does have a permit for coal at its East 106th Street facility and has been in full compliance with the permit for years, passing annual inspections by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In November 2013, the company filed for air permits related to petroleum coke following an internal review of records. 

Petroleum coke is a byproduct of refining oil with a high concentration of carbon.

 The attorney general filed a complaint against Beemsterboer in Cook County Circuit Court on November 21. The attorney general has also filed complaints against BP and KCBX Terminals Company.

Beemsterboer Slag Corp. is a fourth-generation family owned business operating bulk storage facilities for slag aggregate, coal, and salt in the Chicago and Northwest Indiana regions for 70 years. 

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