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Flood forces Blast Furnace Shutdown at US Steel Gary Plant

Steel News - Published on Fri, 29 Nov 2019

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US Steel's Gary Works steel mill was partly flooded after a big water pipe, being used to bring in water from Lake Michigan to cool equipment, broke forcing the steelmaker to shut down its blast furnaces and steel-making operations. Steelworkers have been working to assess the extent of the damage and ascertain what repairs are needed.

US Steel spokeswoman M Amanda Malkowski said the steelmaker is trying to correct the situation, which may have resulted in a discharge into Lake Michigan. She said “We have reported a service water leak that caused flooding at our Gary Works facility near our blast furnace operations. Our blast furnaces remain shut down, as the issue is investigated. We have observed discoloration at the outfall. We are working with IDEM and have notified other appropriate agencies, as well as downstream users. Additional sampling is ongoing. We are working to resolve this issue, with safety and environmental performance as our top priority."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Fri, 29 Nov 2019
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