Chicago's battle against the enormous exposed piles of petroleum coke on the Southeast Side will heat up this evening, as marchers plan on taking the fight directly to KCBX Terminals — where the toxic substance is being stored. In June, the Environmental Protection Agency sent KCBX, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, a formal violation notice of the Clean Air Act, as the piles have caused dramatic reductions in air quality and water pollution in the area. Weeks later, the Koch Brothers-owned company threatened to sue the city over a recently passed ordinance which requires that the petcoke piles be covered by 2016.
Tonight's community event will begin at 5pm at the bike trail on 106th Street between Avenues C and D, with a brief rally being held from 5:30pm to 6:00 pm at the trail before heading over to the KCBX facility. The event is a part of a larger effort called Climate March, which is an ongoing roving protest. Tomorrow, the marchers will head over to Indiana, and in seven weeks, the marchers will enter Washington, DC.
·Koch Brothers Threaten to Sue Over New Petcoke Ordinance [Curbed Chicago]
·Today's route [Climate March]