“still analyzing the original incident,” Goldblatt said.
About the substance observed on Wednesday, Goldblatt remarked that it does
not appear harmful. “We are telling the public that if you’ve come in
contact with it, there is no real reason to be alarmed. Wash with soap and
water and don’t eat it or ingest it.”
Goldblatt added that the decision to close Porter Beach belongs to the
National Park Service (NPS). As of deadline today, NPS had not issued a
swimming advisory for any of the beaches at Indiana Dunes National
And at least early on Wednesday afternoon, Porter Beach did remain open,
Porter Fire Chief Lewis Craig said. “It didn’t bother the people. The didn’t
get out of the water.”
In addition to IDEM investigators, the Porter County Environmental
Department dispatched a hazardous-materials team to the scene, Craig noted.
And the U.S. Coast Guard was notified.
Craig did say that, after taking samples at Porter Beach, the IDEM
investigators went next to the Port of Indiana, but Goldblatt would not
confirm that. “The investigation is ongoing and I can’t comment on that
right now,” he said.