Detroit mayor sets deadline for pet coke removal

Aug 13, 2013

DETROIT (AP) - Mayor Dave Bing has issued a deadline for the removal of all petroleum coke from the Detroit riverfront on the city's southwest side.

Bing's office says Detroit Bulk Storage was notified Tuesday to move the material by Aug. 27.

The city says the company failed to cart away all the petroleum coke by an Aug. 9 deadline listed last week in an order from Detroit's Buildings, Safety Engineering and Environmental Department.

The black, rock-like substance is produced by the petroleum industry and is used as a fuel. It was being stored in piles along the river.

Freighters have been taking the piles to Ohio.

The company has been cited for being in violation of city code and ordered to place a tarp on the material remaining at the site.