Chicago Tribune: Under pressure from lawyers and Illinois politicians, Indiana accuses Lake Michigan steel mill of manipulating water pollution samples after fish-killing spill

After the ArcelorMittal steel mill in Ogden Dunes, IN released concentrated cyanide and ammonia into a stream that feeds Lake Michigan, causing fish kills and beach closures, ELPC and the Hoosier Environmental Council filed suit for years of Clean Water Act violations. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management started following the steel mill’s pollution more closely, and they found the facility was reanalyzing water samples and replacing initial results.

“’They are gaming the system,’ said Howard Learner, executive director of the nonprofit Environmental Law and Policy Center, which along with the Hoosier Environmental Council filed a lawsuit last year based on state documents showing more than 100 other violations of clean water laws at the lakefront steel mill during the past four years.”

Read the full article by Michael Hawthorne, published in the Chicago Tribune 4/15/20.


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