Michigan plans to deny permit for new petcoke pile

A Michigan Department of Environmental Quality official says the agency has told a company it plans to reject its application to store petroleum coke at a riverfront site in River Rouge.

Agency spokesman Brad Wurfel told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the regulator won't officially rule on Detroit Bulk Storage's permit application until after a June 25 public hearing. But he says the agency told the company Friday that its application would be denied.

A public comment period about the matter starts Wednesday.

The company was forced to remove its petcoke mounds from a Detroit riverfront location because of widespread complaints about the risks it posed to the air and water quality.

Wurfel says allowing its storage in River Rouge would "do the same thing in a different spot."