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Pollution board to consider Quinn's petcoke regs

CHICAGO — An Illinois pollution panel is set to decide whether emergency regulations to control piles of petroleum coke can take effect.

The Pollution Control Board will meet Thursday to consider statewide regulations proposed by Gov. Pat Quinn.

Quinn says he' responding to complaints from Chicago residents that petroleum coke piling up on the city's southeast side is a health and environmental threat.

Petcoke is a powdery fuel made by "cooking" residue left over after making gasoline and diesel.

Quinn wants to require storage terminals to immediately install dust-suppression systems and prevent storm water runoff. He also wants companies that handle petcoke, coal and other bulk materials to fully enclose the piles within two years.

Industry officials say the rules would hurt many Illinois businesses, and there's no need for emergency action.

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