- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 5, 2014

WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has heard public complaints at a community meeting on a proposal to store petroleum coke along the Detroit River.

The material known as 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 Detroit officials ordered them removed. A company called Detroit Bulk Storage is appealing the decision and applying for a state air permit to store and ship petcoke from a River Rouge site.

The state agency held a public hearing Wednesday in Wyandotte and received a number of complaints.

Theresa Landrum says there’s no way to protect the environment and residents from petcoke dust if it’s being continuously handled and transported.



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