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Park official: Indiana Dunes NL never told of toxic spill from steel mill

Officials with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana American Water Company said they weren't informed about a late October leak of 56.7 pounds of chromium from U.S. Steel's Midwest Plant in Portage into Lake Michigan.

"Indiana American Water was not made aware of the apparent U.S. Steel permit exceedance in October and only recently learned of it on Nov. 14, 2017 through a local news report. While it is unlikely the release from more than two weeks ago would still be present in the area, we are testing throughout our system as a precautionary measure," Joe Loughmiller, external affairs manager for the water company, said in an email.


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