For the second month in a row, an anticipated public hearing wonít take
place on ArcelorMittalís proposed industrial-waste disposal facility and a
borrow pit to provide clay to line it.
The Burns Harbor Advisory Plan Commission has removed the requests from its
7 p.m. Monday meeting agenda.
Excavation permits are being sought from the town for the Deerfield disposal
facility at the U.S. 12 Mittal steelmaking plant, as well as for a $3
million borrow-pit operation on Mittal-owned property west of the Burns
Harbor Street Department complex using Navajo Trail, a local town street,
Navajo Trail would be extended west as a temporary stone road for private
use to reach two areas planned for clay removal; the areas are on either
side of wetlands on the site.
The 187-acre Mittal parcel generally is located between Interstate 94 and
the Little Calumet River west of Indiana 149. South of where paved Navajo
Trail now ends is a small parking lot used by fishermen to access the river.
Last month Mittalís consultants gave notice a public hearing would take
place Sept. 12 but without having cleared the hearing with Plan Commission
officials or submitting the required copies of documents. At that meeting no
one for Mittal attended, but commission members set a new public hearing for
Monday as long as Mittalís representatives both published and sent revised
In September commission members also said they wanted more information about
some aspects of the borrow pit, and to know what provisions would be made to
ensure Navajo Trail, which serves several residences and the town Street,
Building and Fire departments, isnít blocked or damaged.
Other than routine reports and taking public comments if any, there is no
new or old business on the commission agenda.