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Detroit considers strict regulations for handling pet coke

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Detroit is considering a measure that would strictly regulate the handling of petroleum coke and other bulk solid materials to protect the health of residents.

The Detroit News reports the proposal comes after uproar in 2013 over piles of petroleum coke, a byproduct of oil refining, that were stored by a company along the Detroit River.

The piles were removed following complaints about dust and pollution risks.

Detroit Corporation Counsel Melvin Butch Hollowell says the city is seeking to establish a specific set of rules for products such as petroleum coke that have raised concerns in Detroit and should be addressed, but aren't covered under current rules.

An ordinance amendment would govern how materials can be stored and transported.

That would include loading and unloading of pet coke and other material.

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