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WYANDOTTE, Mich. (AP) -

U.S. Reps. Gary Peters of Michigan and Mike Quigley of Illinois have requested a federal investigation to find "best practices for transporting and storing petroleum coke" and to study its effects on human health.

Petcoke is a solid byproduct of petroleum refining and commonly burned as fuel in cement kilns and power plants.

The Democratic lawmakers made the request Wednesday, the same day the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality heard public criticism at a community meeting in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte on a request to store petroleum coke along the Detroit River.

Petcoke piles along the Detroit River drew complaints last year and Detroit officials ordered them removed. Detroit Bulk Storage appealed the decision and is seeking a state air permit to handle petcoke at a River Rouge site.

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