Detroit Bulk Storage, Inc.

Permit to Install (PTI) Application No. 189-13

The Air Quality Division has published its decision on the proposed denial of the application.

For the decision, please go to the NSR Public Notice Documents page and see the listing for Detroit Bulk Storage, Inc., Permit to Install Application No. 189-13.

Detroit Bulk Storage, Inc. submitted PTI Application No. 189-13 for storage and transfer of petroleum coke (pet coke) to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Air Quality Division (AQD).  The application was revised during the review.  In consideration of the significant public interest regarding the storage and handling of pet coke, the AQD held a Public Outreach Meeting on March 5, 2014, at the Grand Harbor Banquet Hall, 1 Saint John Street, Wyandotte, Michigan 48192.

The AQD completed its review of the application and held a public comment period and public hearing on its recommendation to deny the application.  The public comment period ended on June 25, 2014.  The decision maker has completed review of the comments and rendered a final decision.  The decision and supporting documents are available on the NSR Public Notice Documents page.

Project Manager - Paul Schleusener, (517) 284-6800, SchleusenerP@michigan.gov

  • Petroleum coke is also known as “pet coke” or “petcoke.” It is a high-carbon solid typically produced by coker units at petroleum refineries. Pet coke is often burned as fuel in cement kilns and in power plants.
     
  • Any source of dust (also called particulate matter) can raise health concerns if the exposure levels are high enough. Particulate matter can aggravate asthma and cause heart and lung disease. The national air quality standards for particulate matter are designed to protect against those effects. Although the dust from pet coke piles can potentially cause those health concerns at high levels, pet coke dust is not more toxic than other sources of particulate matter. And, it does not cause cancer.  Emissions from pet coke storage and handling can be controlled so that they do not pose a nuisance or exceed the national air quality standards.  If those controls are in place, then emissions from pet coke storage and handling will not harm nearby residents.
     
  • Storage and handling of petroleum coke in bulk form can be a source of emissions of particulate matter, often referred to as “fugitive dust.” A facility handling bulk solids will typically implement and maintain a “fugitive dust control plan” to reduce fugitive dust emissions. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Air Quality Division, requires that a facility handling bulk petroleum coke obtain a Permit to Install that would require the facility to implement and maintain an acceptable fugitive dust control plan.

Item Description Action Action Date Posted  
Application Submittal Received 12/13/2013 2/10/2014 View
Application Update Received 1/27/2014 2/10/2014 View
Application Update Received 2/7/2014 2/10/2014 View
Application Update Received 3/14/2014 3/21/2014 View
Application Update Received 4/25/2014 5/21/2014 View
Application Update - Cover Letter Received 5/1/2014 5/21/2014 View
Application Update - Dispersion Modeling Report Received 5/1/2014 5/21/2014 View
Application Update - Emission Calculations Received 5/1/2014 5/21/2014 View
Application Update Received 5/13/2014 5/21/2014 View
           
Press Release Petroleum Coke Meeting Press Release Published 2/10/2014 2/10/2014 View
Analysis Petroleum Coke Metals Analysis Received 4/9/2013 2/10/2014 View
Analysis Petroleum Coke Fuel Analysis Received 4/9/2013 2/10/2014 View
E-Mail E-Mail Announcing Pet Coke Outreach Meeting Sent 2/10/2014 2/10/2014 View
E-Mail Update E-Mail Announcing Time Change for Pet Coke Outreach Meeting Sent 2/19/2014 2/19/2014 View
Evaluation Petroleum Coke Evaluation - Water Published 4/9/2013 2/19/2014 View
Evaluation Petroleum Coke Evaluation - Air Published 4/12/2013 2/10/2014 View
Evaluation Petroleum Coke Toxicity Assessment - Air Published 2/18/2014 2/18/2014 View
Evaluation Petroleum Coke Toxicity Assessment - Air (Updated) Published 2/25/2014 2/26/2014 View
Map Proposed Site & Vicinity Latest Draft 2/10/2014 2/10/2014 View
           
Water Resources Division Certificate of Coverage for Industrial Storm Water General Permit Issued 12/4/2013 2/13/2014 View
Water Resources Division Industrial Storm Water General Permit No. MIS310000 Issued 4/1/2013 2/13/2014 View
Water Resources Division Draft Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan Received 10/11/2013 2/13/2014 View

Related Links and Helpful Information

  • Michigan's Permit to Install Application Review Process - View
  • A Citizen's Guide to Participation in Michigan's Air Pollution Control Program - View
  • Public Involvement Handbook:  A Citizen's Guide - View
  • Characteristics of the Permit to Install program - View
  • MDEQ Petroleum Coke Public Outreach Meeting Presentation (YouTube) - View
     
  • EPA. 2011. Screening-Level Hazard Characterization. Petroleum Coke Category. U.S. EPA Hazard Characterization Document. June, 2011. - View
  • Congressional Research Service document:  "Petroleum Coke: Industry and Environmental Issues" - View
  • Managing Fugitive Dust:  A Guide for Compliance with the State of Michigan Air Regulatory Requirements for Particulate Matter Generation - View

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