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18 Environmental Groups Seek Bigger Fine for 2017 Chemical Spill at US Steel Portage plant into Burns Waterway

Steel News - Published on Fri, 27 Dec 2019

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The Post-Tribune reported that 18 environmental and civic organizations are asking a federal judge to make US Steel pay a stiffer fine than the government has proposed for a 2017 hazardous chemical spill. The letter said “The proposed USD 601,242 civil penalty for the April 10-12, 2017, release of 902 pounds of cancer causing hexavalent chromium from US Steel’s Portage plant into Burns Waterway does not reflect the seriousness, duration or magnitude of egregious NPDES permit violations at this facility. Therefore it is of grave concern that this revised Consent Decree will not deter another spill into Lake Michigan or bring US Steel into compliance with their NPDES permit.”

In addition to the 2017 hexavalent chromium spill, which prompted temporary beach and water intake closures in nearby Lake Michigan, the letter cites six additional, smaller spills this year.

The letter is signed by leaders of Save the Dunes, Alliance for the Great Lakes, Hoosier Environmental Council, the Izaak Walton League’s Indiana and Illinois divisions and Great Lakes Committee, Indiana’s North Coast Charter Association, the Indiana Sportsmen’s Roundtable, the Indiana Wildlife Federation, seven League of Women Voters organizations in Indiana, the Northwest Indiana Paddlers Association, and the Sierra Club’s Hoosier Chapter.

NPDES stands for National Pollution Discharge Elimination System.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 27 Dec 2019
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