PORTAGE, Ind. (AP)
-- An environmental group that sued a steelmaker in December for allegedly
violating the Clean Water Act at its northwestern Indiana facility says the
company continues to release excess amounts of chemicals into a Lake
Law & Policy Center said ArcelorMittal has had many self-reported violations
for chronic toxicity and discharging excess ammonia into the Burns Waterway.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has reported a total of
13 violations this summer, The Times reported.
Harbor’s chronic toxicity exceeded the permitted limit by 1,052% from May 4
to 8 and by 2,050% from June 1 to 5, according to the agency.
Figures show the
steel mill exceeded its weekly average limit of ammonia by 3% one week in
June and 19% one week in July.
of ArcelorMittal’s permit violations this summer demonstrates why the
Environmental Law & Policy Center brought the lawsuit in the first place,”
said Jeff Hammons, a staff attorney for the Environmental Law & Policy
Center. “It is vital that the outcome of our litigation results in a
solution to the ongoing problems and monetary fines sufficient to deter
ArcelorMittal spokesperson, said the Burns Harbor facility tracks the amount
of ammonia and other chemicals it discharges.
“We continue to
work closely with IDEM and US EPA to investigate and understand the recently
reported elevated levels so that any appropriate actions can be identified
and implemented,” Cohen said.
group said it is suing the manufacturer because the state was not enforcing
federal environmental rules.