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ArcelorMittal Delayed Chemical Spill Reporting - IDEM

Steel News - Published on Wed, 21 Aug 2019

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CBS reported that ArcelorMittal has admitted that it knew about a chemical spill that contaminated the Little Calumet River in Northwest Indiana far back as August 11, but did not notify Indiana state officials until four days later. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said it found a distressed fish in the river Monday, and then took complaints of a dead fish on Tuesday. By Wednesday, the state said it discovered a significant fish die-off in the area, but they did not know the cause.

Indiana Department of Environmental Management said “ArcelorMittal told IDEM about the blast furnace failure that caused the spill on August 15. IDEM immediately notified the news media, stakeholders, and Portage, Indiana Mayor John Cannon, and also dispatched emergency responders.”

CBS 2 learned earlier this week that the spill of cyanide and ammonia killed 3,000 fish. The dead fish included panfish, shad, channel catfish, bass and walleye

The latest IDEM sampling showed no cyanide in the water, and decreasing values for ammonia in-stream. IDEM emergency crews remained at the spill site Tuesday, and the department will determine what, if any, violations occurred after emergency response activities are done.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Wed, 21 Aug 2019
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