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CBC coverage of Detroit's Petroleum Coke piles and DCATS

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Published on Jun 22, 2013

CBC Windsor covered the story of Detroit's Petroleum Coke Piles as it has been in discussion through Windsor press regularly. On Tuesday June 18 MDEQ made a visit to the Detroit's Petroleum Coke Piles / TransFlo Terminal to offer recommendations to Detroit Bulk Storage on their interest in compliance permit... as yet use of the docks for petroleum coke has not been approved and the dock was ticketed on June 5th (according to testimony by Paul Max of BSEED at Public Health & Safety. In those recommendations the piles are to be kept 20 feet high or less to reduce fugitive dust blowing from them to the Detroit River and surrounding area of the dock, which includes residential lofts for about 100 persons within 1000 feet of the docks.

Mariah Urueta from DCATS - Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands spoke with reporters and described the impacts the piles have been having on residents.

DCATS is working with community and additional groups on the PEOPLE AGAINST PETCOKE rally & march taking place Sunday, June 23rd starting at 3pm in Clark Park. The march will head to the docks and an overnight vigil is planned. Monday morning around 10am will be a People's Press Conference with those assembled outside the docks. A number of demands from the groups present will be presented.

Watch on Windsor is planning a Pots & Pans rally on Tuesday evening which will be joined across the river in Detroit by the Sierra Club and other organizations, including DCATS.

Detroit Bulk Storage Company continues to work as the managing partner with Koch Carbon handling transportation and storage of their product as it seeks customers to sell the petroleum byproduct to. Many of these customers include electric and cement industry plants using it as fuel stock, which emits 40-50% greater CO2 emissions than burning coal.These plants must be equipped with scrubbers in the smoke stacks to handle the toxic elements emitted. Fuel grade petcoke is high in sulfur and contains selenium, vanadium, nickel, lead, and chromium, along with Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs). Additional purchasers from Koch Carbon include foundries creating calcinated petcoke used in the manufacture of aluminum and electrical anodes -- these businesses prefer using green petroleum coke rather than fuel grade due to the high sulfur content.

Original broadcast: http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/...
DCATS website: http://d-cats.org

Facebook pages to follow:
Petroleum Coke Awareness Detroit: https://www.facebook.com/PetroleumCok...
Detroit's Petroleum Coke Piles: http://facebook.com/DetroitPetCoke
DCATS - Detroit Coalition Against Tar Sands: http://facebook.com/DetroitCATS
WOW - Watch On Windsor: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WOW-Wi...

Google+ pages to follow:
DCATS: https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/1055736...

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