Peters decries pet coke dust after video release

DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Rep. Gary Peters of Michigan is expressing “alarm and outrage” after new video evidence showing clouds of dust blowing off piles of a petroleum byproduct that tower over a section of the Detroit riverfront.

The video shows dust drifting off the uncontained petroleum coke piles during a rainstorm Saturday.

The Bloomfield Township Democrat has introduced legislation calling for a federal study of health and environmental effects of open air storage of the material, known as pet coke.

Democratic Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow are sponsors of a companion bill introduced Tuesday in the Senate.

The company Detroit Bulk Storage maintains the pet coke piles, and it has said it stopped accepting shipments several weeks ago.