Chicago health officials say petroleum coke handler won't get extra time to enclose piles

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CHICAGO — Chicago officials say a company that handles petroleum coke won't get extra time to enclose piles of the grainy black fuel.

The Health Department on Monday said it denied KCBX Terminals' request for a 14-month extension of the city's 2016 deadline because it didn't provide adequate justification. Officials say and the request also lacked information on fire prevention, storm water management and building code compliance.

Petroleum coke, or "petcoke," is a byproduct of oil refining often used as industrial fuel. KCBX stores petcoke on the city's southeast side before shipping it to customers.

KCBX has said it'll build a $120 million enclosure, but needs more time.

KCBX President Dave Severson says in a written statement that he's "disappointed," but that KCBX wants to stay in Chicago and follow city rules.

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