Portage Industrial Spill Triggers Call for Increased State Watch | NWI steel
Portage Mayor Sue Lynch, who was the first to bring attention to the spill, told The Times she started receiving calls around 5:50 p.m. Sunday about an orange substance entering the Burns Waterway near a US Steel plant outfall and down the ditch toward the lake. Michigan.
Lynch said she had not received an immediate response from US Steel or state and local environmental regulators.
US Steel has since said high iron concentrations were behind the discolored landfill that closed beaches, shut down a nearby drinking water treatment facility and triggered sampling by local, state and federal authorities.
Federal and state agencies have said it does not appear that the landfill poses a health risk to people who may have come in contact with the contaminated water.
“Preliminary results from the EPA sample also currently indicate that the release was below the numerical effluent discharge limits contained in US Steel’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit,” the EPA said. , the US Coast Guard and IDEM.
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“Federal and state agencies continue to investigate the matter to determine the cause of the release and possible Clean Water Act compliance issues, as well as the environmental impacts and other actions needed to ensure future compliance,” reported declared the groups.