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ArcelorMittal s Burns Harbor Denies Manipulating Test Data after Spill

Steel News - Published on Tue, 14 Jan 2020

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Indiana based ArcelorMittal s Burns Harbor has denied Indiana Department of Environmental Management allegations of manipulating results from toxic readings required after a chemical spill killed more than 3,000 fish last year. Spokesman Bill Steers said “ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor does not manipulate data. We use certified, independent laboratories to analyze samples and we report the data, including any corrected data, from the labs to the regulatory agencies consistent with industry and laboratory standards. Mill has been in compliance with cyanide and ammonia limits “every day since the August 2019 event concluded.”

Indiana Department of Environmental Management had said that ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Burns Harbor is redoing daily ammonia and cyanide tests and sending the lower score to regulators. IDEM Northwest Regional Office Deputy Director Rick Massoels wrote in a letter to ArcelorMittal that “The agency cannot feel confident in the reports. The company's attempt to redo daily ammonia and cyanide tests undermines the integrity of its self-disclosures, questioning its ability to police itself. ArcelorMittal's self-monitoring program is either capable of generating valid results based upon one analysis of a given sample or it is not.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 14 Jan 2020
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