First Friday Focus on the Environment: Detroit River Pet Coke

Sep 6, 2013

 The massive pile of black refinery waste that has sat alongside the banks of the Detoit River is gone. The 'Pet Coke' , as it's called, is the waste that's left after heave tar-sands oil is refine. It is not considered hazardous, but it does violate portions of the Clean Air act when it becomes airborne. 

The area of Detroit along the Detroit River
The area of Detroit along the Detroit River
Credit Associated Press

Throughout Detroit and Windsor, the airborne residue can be found throughout nearby neighborhoods.  

Listen in as we focus on the effects of exposure of Pet Coke and the regulations to protect the health of the environment:

WEMU's First Friday Focus on the Environment  is a monthly feature heard on the 1st Friday of each month, co-hosted by Lisa Wozniak, the Executive Director of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters.