- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is planning a community meeting in southeastern Michigan to discuss a proposal to store petroleum coke at a River Rouge site.

Petroleum coke, or “petcoke,” is a solid byproduct generated by petroleum refineries. It’s commonly burned as fuel in cement kilns and power plants.

Petcoke piles along the Detroit River drew complaints last year and city officials ordered them removed. A company called Detroit Bulk Storage is appealing the decision and applying for a DEQ air permit to store and ship petcoke from the River Rouge site.

The DEQ requires a facility handling bulk petroleum coke to get a permit with strategies for controlling the sooty dust it can emit.

The meeting will be March 5 in Wyandotte, with a formal hearing later.

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