'This cannot be the new norm'

Submitted photoU.S. Steel’s Midwest plant in Portage reported a release of oil into the Burns Waterway in Portage on Friday. It marks the fourth discharge of hazardous chemicals into Burns Waterway and the East Branch of the Little Calumet River in the area in three weeks from U.S. Steel and ArcelorMittal. 

PORTAGE — A lakefront waterworks facility has shut down its intake, and water sampling continues in Burns Ditch following yet another release of chemicals into the waterway in Portage.

On Friday afternoon, “we detected a light, intermittent oil sheen at one of the outfalls at our Midwest Plant,” a statement from U.S. Steel said. “We promptly notified the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Environmental Protection Agency, National Response Center, National Park Service and U.S. Coast Guard.

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