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July 24, 2013

Company stops taking in petroleum coke shipments

Company to trim piles of pet coke

DETROIT — A company has stopped accepting shipments of petroleum coke at a site along the Detroit River.

Detroit Bulk Storage spokesman Daniel Cherrin said Tuesday the practice began a few weeks ago.

The company has been storing pet coke piles along the river. The black, rock-like substance is produced by the petroleum industry. It’s used as a fuel worldwide.

Detroit Bulk Storage told The Detroit News the piles are to be depleted by the end of August.

Detroit Bulk Storage has received criticism for its storage of the material.

Environmentalists and Detroit residents have complained about coke dust and the potential for water runoff into the Detroit River.

WXYZ-TV said the pet coke is created by Marathon Oil, sold to Koch Carbon and stored by Detroit Bulk Storage.

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