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Posted Mon Jul 15 2013: from Detroit Free Press:
Black pet coke dust blowing onto Detroit homes, state confirms
Since last spring in her Detroit apartment, as she opened the windows from time to time, Arena was encountering something different. "It's a dusty place, but it had never been that thick or dark,” she said. She figured the likeliest source is sitting less than 1,000 feet from her window at the 14th Street Lofts off West Lafayette Boulevard: a large, controversial pile of petroleum coke placed along the Detroit River earlier this year.... The presence of pet coke in homes has some questioning whether state and city officials are doing enough to protect the public from potential impacts resulting from the piles, a by-product of tar sands oil refining that's considered a cheap, if dirty, fuel commodity.
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