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:
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.
sampling at the outfall shows that the facility has continued to be in
“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.