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Surfrider Foundation sues US Steel over Indiana plant’s discharges

Steel News - Published on Thu, 18 Jan 2018

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Tribune reported that an environmental group is suing US Steel, alleging that one of the company’s northwestern Indiana plants has repeatedly violated its wastewater permit with illegal discharges. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hammond by the Chicago Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation contends that discharge violations are ongoing at US Steel’s Portage plant and include an April 2017 spill of a potentially carcinogenic chemical.

Nearly 300 pounds of hexavalent chromium entered a Lake Michigan tributary in that incident.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports the suit says that discharge was 584 times the chemical’s daily maximum permitted limit.

US Steel said Wednesday it regrets the incidents at the plant. But it says the lawsuit is unnecessary” because it’s cooperated with government and regulatory entities to swiftly remediate the plant’s issues.

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Thu, 18 Jan 2018
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