Detroit Bulk Storage has now applied to store petroleum coke on the Detroit River, across from LaSalle.

The new site is just down river from Zug Island, directly across from the end of Morton Drive.

The company has applied for a permit to store and ship petroleum coke from a site on Great Lakes Street in River Rouge, Mich.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will host a public informational meeting about petroleum coke Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the Grand Harbor Banquet Event Center, 1 Saint John St. in Wyandotte.

It is designed to share information and answer questions.

Air and water quality specialists will be on hand to listen to concerns, discuss the department's regulatory role and answer questions and share information gathered from a DEQ lab analysis of pet coke completed last year.

A formal public hearing on Detroit Bulk Storage’s River Rouge permit application will be held later this year.

The MDEQ said on its website that pet coke stored along the Detroit River near the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit last year "generated controversy with area residents."

Pet Coke Map

Petroleum coke could soon be stored in a more industrial area across from LaSalle. (Courtesy Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)

Petroleum coke, known as pet coke for short, is a solid byproduct generated by petroleum refineries.

It is high in carbon and commonly burned as fuel.

The MDEQ says on its website that storage and handling of petroleum coke in bulk form "can be a source of emissions of particulate matter."

Windsor residents complained of clouds of black dust drifting across the river and into neighbourhoods last year.

The dust is often referred to as “fugitive dust.”

The MDEQ requires that a facility handling bulk solids implement and maintain a “fugitive dust control plan” to reduce fugitive dust emissions.

"There is no single set of fugitive dust control strategies that addresses all situations. Acceptable strategies are those that enable the facility to comply with the opacity standard that applies to each element of the process," Paul Schleusener, senior engineer specialist with the Michigan DEQ air quality division wrote in an email to CBC. "Strategies such as watering and use of encrusting agents are commonly employed, as well as other measures."