Chesterton Tribune

IDEM OKs wastewater permit to US Steel Midwest

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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has issued a wastewater permit for U.S. Steel Midwest’s mill in Portage.

IDEM spokeswoman Amy Hartsock told The Times of Munster that the agency’s Office of Water Quality issued the five-year permit with essentially no changes from the draft permit released late last year. IDEM officials said at the time there were no pollutant increases in the permit. The Post-Tribune reported that the mill had been operating under a permit that expired in 1995. U.S. Steel Midwest discharges 103 million gallons of wastewater into Burns Ditch, which flows into Lake Michigan.

The deadline to appeal the permit is Feb. 18.


Posted 2/3/2011