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MAYOR BING MOVES TO STOP PETROLEUM COKE ACTIVITY ON DETROIT RIVER
DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing today took further action to halt all activities surrounding the open storage of petroleum coke on the Detroit River in southwest Detroit. This move comes after Detroit Bulk Storage (DBS) failed to remove all of the material by August 9 as directed by a Correction Order issued by the City’s Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department (BSEED) last week. At that time, BSEED cited the company for being in violation of the Detroit Property Maintenance Code and/or Official Zoning Ordinance.
“Today, my team informed Detroit Bulk Storage that all of the stored pet coke material must be moved off site by August 27,” said Mayor Bing. “DBS personnel have assured us that no new materials are being brought onto the site, and all of their activity is concentrated on offsite removal of the pet coke. Additionally, BSEED has ordered DBS to take every precaution necessary to protect the public health and safety of our residents by placing a tarp on the remaining materials and by not disturbing the pet coke piles between shipments. We are keenly aware of the health concerns of our neighboring residents and are firmly committed to resolving this situation as soon as possible.”
State Representative Rashida Tlaib responded to today’s developments in an e-mail message to residents and supporters. “Although DBS is moving the pet coke, Mayor Bing doesn’t think
they are moving it fast enough and agreed with the concern that it needed to be covered immediately while they waited for another ship to come along, so it is not flying all over our neighborhood,” she wrote. “Neighbors, I can’t express enough how proud I am for all of your efforts. I am blessed to have active and passionate neighbors that know what they deserve and fight for it.
The Bing Administration echoed Rep. Tlaib’s sentiments. “I want to thank our citizens for voicing their concerns and for persistently monitoring the situation on the Detroit River,” Mayor Bing said. “They came forth with information that will assist us in improving the quality of life in our city.”