State denies company permit to store petcoke along Detroit River

Jul 17, 2014 at 3:09 pm

Last year, a company plainly called Detroit Bulk Storage caused a stir for storing petroleum coke along the Detroit River.

Commonly known as "petcoke," no one seemed to have a clue what sort of environmental impact the byproduct had on the community. Perhaps rightly so, that made plenty of residents and officials nervous. Nevertheless, after former Mayor Dave Bing ordered the company to remove mountains of the black substance from the river, Detroit Bulk Storage pursued a permit from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to open a riverfront site.

That, according to the Associated Press, went nowhere.

In a letter Thursday to Detroit Bulk Storage, Lynn Fiedler of the department's air quality division says the company failed to outline sufficient dust control measures, even in a revised version of its application.

Detroit's mayor last year ordered the company to remove piles of the waste product from a site along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge.

An attorney representing Detroit Bulk Storage told AP the company would have to "review its options."