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“A Koch Brothers trick that will make us sick…”

From: Committee to Elect Olga Bautista 10th Ward Alderman, 2015


CHICAGO, IL – 10th Ward Aldermanic Candidate Olga Bautista has labeled the KCBX’s proposed $125 million coal and petroleum coke terminal to be “a trick” and plans to unveil startling new evidence of KCBX regulatory fraud at a 2:00 pm press conference today, December 17, 2014 at 10109 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago, IL 60617.

Says Bautista, “They are proposing to build an ‘enclosed’ building 1,000 feet long, 200 feet wide and 100 feet high. That means — at the least– that thousands of tons more dangerous petroleum coke will be moving in and out of that facility on uncovered railroad cars, uncovered river barges and uncovered trucks for which KCBX claims they are “not responsible.”

Owned by the infamous Koch Brothers, KCBX admits that the project will require almost four years to complete during which time they will seek extensions and variances that will let them continue to pile up wind-blown, toxic coke putting the health and lives of 10th Ward seniors, children, and adults with respiratory disorders and heart conditions at risk.

“Promise” of jobs is phony…

“KCBX is trying to entice us by promising ‘150 construction-related’ jobs,” says Bautista, “but most of these jobs will go to unionized, skilled building tradesmen from outside our community and not to the long-term unemployed and young people in the 10th Ward. We need permanent jobs, healthy and productive jobs; let’s build affordable homes for people, not warehouses for pollutants.”

Bautista –a lifelong resident on the front lines of this battle for years–is calling on voters in the 10th Ward to stay strong and continue to demand that petcoke be banned altogether as other U.S. cities have done. She blames her opponent, incumbent 10th Ward Alderman John Pope, for rolling out the red carpet for KCBX while introducing “phony, toothless ordinances” and falsely minimizing the dangers of pet coke exposure.

“(Mayor) Rahm Emanuel and (Alderman) John Pope said they would ‘regulate pet coke out of Chicago.’ Obviously, that strategy has failed. When I’m 10th Ward Alderman, I will protect the people, not the polluters. Ban pet coke now!”

Who: Olga Bautista, 10th Ward Aldermanic Candidate determined to ban Petcoke and protect the people of South Chicago

When: Wednesday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m.

Where: 10109 S. Commercial Ave., Chicago. Press conference and press availability to be held outside on the North Side of the building.

For further information visit www.olgabautista.com or call 510-301-1472

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