NWI Beaches Reopen, U.S. Steel Plant Resumes Operations 

NWI Beaches Reopen, U.S. Steel Plant Resumes Operations 

The EPA’s water testing continues to show no hexavalent chromium impacts to the Burns Waterway or Lake Michigan. All results from water samples taken the last 3 days have shown hexavalent chromium below EPA’s method detection limit of 1 part per billion. EPA will post preliminary data on its website and will provide more results as they are available.

Over the weekend, EPA monitored the U.S. Steel line-by-line startup process and did not detect any additional hexavalent chromium from the outfall. Today, U.S. Steel resumed full operations. EPA will continue to monitor and sample the water bodies today and tomorrow.

The National Park Service has reopened its neighboring beaches and Indiana American Water is working with IDEM to reopen their Ogden Dunes drinking water intake.

The National Park Service will oversee a long term sampling and monitoring plan. EPA will work with NPS to develop and implement this monitoring protocol.