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USS Midwest Plant continues in compliance in the wake of chemical spill

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U.S. Steel Corporation (USS) is reporting that its Midwest Plant in Portage continues to be in compliance after the facility’s restart over the weekend of April 14-17, following the accidental release of hexavalent chromium--a known carcinogen--into Burns Waterway on April 12.

The restart is being monitored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

After deadline on Friday, USS released the following statement:

“Following the controlled, phased and highly monitored restart at our Midwest Plant, we are maintaining continuous inspection and monitoring of expansion joints, ensuring they are checked every four hours and are working properly.

“Ongoing water sampling at the outfall shows that the facility has continued to be in compliance.

“We agreed to a long-term monitoring plan with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. This plan will assess Lake Michigan beaches and public water intake to continue to ensure there is no impact.”

“We take all incidents very seriously and are fully committed to researching and taking corrective actions to prevent a future occurrence. We remain committed to protecting the environment, to the communities in which we operate and to the safety of our employees.”

Sampling of Burns Waterway and the waters of Lake Michigan in the days following the discharge--including in the area of Indiana American Water Company’s intake in Ogden Dunes--consistently found levels of hexavalent chromium below EPA’s method detection limit of one part per billion, EPA has reported.



Posted 5/1/2017





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