Portage US Steel spill ruptured booms, state considers repercussions | NWI steel
Malkowski said the company closed the rolling mills for a period on Thursday and the vacuum trucks were removing any build-up.
Portage Mayor Sue Lynch said unlike the September 26 spill, US Steel officials contacted her about Thursday’s event and she was assured the company had reported the incident to agencies. appropriate regulations.
The contents of the spill are not yet known and it is also not known whether it was the result of equipment failure or human error, Lynch said. US Steel is going to have to do a better job of preventing these types of releases, she said.
“It’s very frustrating,” she said.
Gina Ramirez, chair of the board of directors of the Southeast Environmental Task Force, released a statement last week saying, “This spill is reminiscent of a similar spill in 2017, in which the same US Steel plant was responsible for the spill of 300 pounds of hexavalent chromium, a known carcinogen. , on Lake Michigan. This latest spill also comes less than a month after a U.S. District Court approved a consent decree requiring US Steel to respond to past Clean Water Act violations, including a civil fine of $ 601,242 as a result. of the April 2017 spill.
“It is incredibly concerning to hear about this latest spill that occurred so close to our community in Southeast Chicago and how it affected our region’s largest drinking water resource in Lake Michigan. That this is not an isolated incident for this company brings further suspicion about how these types of industrial facilities can coexist with our communities as well as the natural areas around them. “