FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Friday, March 15, 2013
Contact: Kathy Stott, Executive Director
Kathy.email@example.com (313) 842-1961
SDEV TO MONITOR AND ADVOCATE FOR REMOVAL OF PET COKE PILES ON RIVER IN SOUTHWEST DETROIT
Petroleum coke piles pose potential health and safety threats to neighborhood
DETROIT, MI - The Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision (SDEV) will monitor and investigate the petroleum (pet) coke piles dumped at sites on the Detroit River, on Jefferson and Clark Streets in Southwest Detroit. “We are concerned about the health and safety of this entire neighborhood, especially the children playing in Clark Park, located only a few blocks from these potentially dangerous pet coke piles”, said Kathy Stott, Executive Director for SDEV, a nonprofit group in the community.
SDEV is advocating for the immediate covering of these pet coke piles until they are removed. Covering the piles with tarps could reduce safety hazards and eliminate the dust that is generated from piles – dust that has been blowing into the community and across the river to our neighbors in Canada.
“On behalf of all members and supporters of SDEV, we will continue to investigate the potential threats to our health and safety, including fugitive dust concerns and fire hazards from these uncovered coke piles. We all have the right to breath clean air, drink clean water, and feel safe in our communities”, said Stott.
SDEV recognizes that petroleum coking is a recycling process that oil refineries use to reduce the amount of waste produced from the refining process. However there are health and safety hazards present when moving and storing pet coke, and measures should be taken to reduce the risk of these hazards. Piles should be kept covered and away from residential and commercial neighborhoods. Pet coke is a combustible dust that could pose a fire hazard if not handled properly.
SDEV will continue to monitor the situation and advocate for the immediate covering and removal of the piles.
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