• April 24, 2014
    March Against Petcoke

    Back in November, our Mayor promised to run petcoke and coal out of town. It’s apparent that the only thing tough about our Mayor was his words.  Neither the recently proposed Petcoke Ordinance nor the new City Regulations will […]

  • January 30, 2014
    Volunteer Enjoys Sunday Matinee

    Sunday, January 26, 2014 I’m a fairly new volunteer for the Southeast Environmental Task Force and I helped out with the first of their 2014 matinees. Quite honestly, I didn’t expect so many people to come due to the […]

  • January 21, 2014
    Sunday Matinee – The Price of Sand

    Plan to join us for our seasonal showing of documentaries.  This month we’re screening The Price of Sand.  This movie tells the story of silica sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota.  While there have been mines in operations for […]

  • January 21, 2014
    City Regs Not Strict Enough

    Reading a document that refers you back to this section and that section is never easy.  Some things that were clearly questionable about the proposed regulations were: the allowance for smaller operations to openly store dust generating materials out […]

  • January 21, 2014
    Community Comments on Proposed City Petcoke Regulations

    The city of Chicago’s Health Department conducted a meeting to hear comments about the newly proposed Bulk Storage regulations.  Residents  turned out with signs and made it be known that the proposed regs were not strict enough.  They complained […]

  • November 15, 2013
    IEPA “Community Outreach Meeting”

    The Task Force helped the IEPA organize  an community outreach meeting about KCBX’s request for a permit revision.  Read about it here: http://www.suntimes.com/23757888-761/southeast-side-residents-vent-about-petcoke-at-iepa-meeting.html

  • October 23, 2013
    Latest Pet Coke Media Coverage

    ALJAZEERA was able to capture and show how residents are impacted by the dust from the coal and pet coke piles that line the Calumet River.  See story here: http://america.aljazeera.com/watch/shows/live-news/2013/10/carcinogenic-oilbyproductcoatschicagohomes.html And here’s an excellent commentary by Harry Henderson of […]

  • October 18, 2013
    Just When We Thought It Might Change

    With the closing of the local coal fired power plants, we had hoped that the mountains of coal that have lined the Calumet river would go away or at least diminish in size.  For decades, residents living near the […]

  • September 16, 2013
    134th and Ave. K

    Property that was identified in the Calumet Open Space Reserve plan for preservation and that was once targeted for development has now been made available by the owner Benjamin Kadish of Avenue K Land LLC.  The property sits between […]

  • August 21, 2013
    One Person Can Make a Difference

    TREE’S BLOG August 18,2013 How one person can make a big difference Yesterday, August 17th, I attended the dedication of Park No. 499(not to be confused with 503) in the southeast side of Chicago in honor of John “Beans” […]