SPRINGFIELD - Mark Denzler, vice president and COO of the Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA), has released the following statement in response to Governor Quinn's "emergency rules" on the storage and handling of petroleum coke in Illinois:
"The IMA is disappointed that the Governor's office and Illinois EPA announced burdensome new regulations after one isolated incident without speaking to industry representatives. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, petroleum coke is not classified as a hazardous material. Petroleum coke is a feedstock that is used in more than 2,500 applications including cement, steel, paper, brick, glass and other products. Imposing a one-size-fits all rule that requires total enclosure will result in a de factor moratorium and the loss of hundreds of jobs in Illinois."