Residents concerned about pet coke storage proposal

(WXYZ) River Rouge - After sparking a debate in Detroit, residents of one community are gearing up for a fight to try and keep piles of Petroleum Coke, known as Pet Coke, out of their neighborhood.

"I don't like it.  I don't like it at all," Sandra Pawlowski told us.  "It would be right behind my house."

The mother of two is concerned about possible health side effects on her daughters.  And she is not alone.

When it's dry, pet coke can blow through the air, coating neighborhoods in a carbon black dust. 

Detroit Bulk Storage has applied for a permit with Michigan's Department of Environmental Quality to store the product at it's facility in River Rouge. 

Many residents feel the proposed site is too close to the river, parks and neighborhoods.

River Rouge City Council members are expected to address the issue at its Tuesday evening council meeting. 

The MDEQ has also scheduled a meeting for Wednesday evening to share information and listen to resident concerns. It will be held from 4pm to 7pm at the Grand Harbor Banquet Event Center in Wyandotte.

For more information, check out the DEQ's site here:,4561,7-135-3308-322158--,00.html

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