Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday followed through on his threat to hold U.S. Steel responsible for two toxic spills into a waterway that feeds into Lake Michigan with the potential to endanger Chicago's drinking water. "We will not stand idly by as U.S. Steel repeatedly disregards and violates federal laws and puts our greatest natural resource at risk," the mayor was quoted as saying in a press release. In a lawsuit filed in federal court, the city accused U.S. Steel of violating the Clean Water Act by allowing the discharge of nearly 300 pounds of "carcinogenic" hexavalent chromium into the lake last spring and failing to notify downstream users of the impacted waters. The lawsuit also cited U.S. Steel's handling of an Oct. 25 spill that released 56.7 pounds of chromium after a wastewater treatment system malfunction. That second spill nearly doubled the 30 pounds of potentially cancer-causing chemical over 24 hours that the plant is permitted to release, the city said. … [Read more...] about Emanuel sues U.S. Steel over toxic spills
CHICAGO — The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Steel alleging the company violated the federal Clean Water Act by discharging excessive amounts of carcinogenic chemicals from its Midwest plant in Portage. The suit, in part, alleges U.S. Steel violated federal regulations and its wastewater permit with illegal discharges into a Lake Michigan tributary. The complaint also says the company's April 2017 wastewater discharge of nearly 300 pounds of hexavalent chromium posed a threat to Lake Michigan public drinking water. U.S. Steel failed to report a second spill in October to the city, EPA or the public who use Lake Michigan recreationally or as a drinking water source, the suit alleges. "Instead, U.S. Steel notified only (the Indiana Department of Environmental Management), and the company's written report requested that IDEM treat as confidential the information about the October 2017 discharge," the suit alleges. The complaint … [Read more...] about UPDATE: City of Chicago sues U.S Steel over Portage plant’s Clean Water Act violations, discharges
CHICAGO (AP) — The city of Chicago is suing U.S. Steel, alleging it violated federal law with discharges of a potentially carcinogenic chemical last year from a northwest Indiana plant. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday comes a week after the Surfrider Foundation's Chicago chapter filed a similar suit against the steelmaker. Chicago's complaint alleges U.S. Steel violated the Clean Water Act and its wastewater permit with illegal discharges from its Portage, Indiana, plant into a Lake Michigan tributary about 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Chicago. The suit said those violations occurred during an April 2017 spill of nearly 300 pounds (135 kilograms) of hexavalent chromium, and an October chromium spill. Both spills reached the Burns Waterway, which flows into the lake. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement that U.S. Steel's alleged actions threaten Lake Michigan — Chicago's "most precious natural resource." U.S. Steel issued a statement saying it's reviewing … [Read more...] about City of Chicago sues US Steel over Indiana plant’s spills
Share Tweet Share Email Comments Print [1929-2018] Joseph J. Urschel, who as president of a family-owned lime quarrying and processing business retained a keen interest in building customer relations — and winning new customers — died Jan. 12 in Sarasota (Fla.) Memorial Hospital. He was 88. He hadn’t recovered after a fall, but had congestive heart failure and other health problems the last 2 1/2 years, said his wife, Marti Urschel. Mr. Urschel and his wife moved from Ottawa Hills to Sarasota in 1984, two years after the family sold Woodville Lime & Chemical Co. to Martin Marietta Co. They soon gave up their vacation home at Rum Cay in the Bahamas, reasoning, “Why go to heaven when you’re already in heaven?” his wife said. He returned to northwest Ohio once or twice a year to visit family and friends. “He just loved Toledo,” his wife said. After service in the Air Force, he joined the sales force of the … [Read more...] about Sarasota man was president of Woodville Lime & Chemical Co.
"How do you clean stainless steel?" This might seem like a ridiculous question, since it can't be stained, right? Wrong. Certain types can stain. Jeanne Sager, provided by Published 5:00 pm, Friday, November 17, 2017 Photo: Kirstyokeeffe/iStock Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Kirstyokeeffe/iStock How to Clean Stainless-Steel Appliances and Surfaces in Your Home 1 / 1 Back to Gallery "How do you clean stainless steel?" That might sound like a ridiculous question; after all, it can't be stained, right? Wrong. Your appliances, range, or countertop may be stainless steel but that doesn't mean it shouldn't get any less of a cleaning than other surfaces in your kitchen. So let's take a look at why it's important to keep your stainless-steel appliances in tiptop shape and how easy maintaining … [Read more...] about How to Clean Stainless-Steel Appliances and Surfaces in Your Home
HAMMOND, Ind. -- An environmental group is suing U.S. Steel, alleging that one of the company's northwestern Indiana plants has repeatedly violated its wastewater permit with illegal discharges. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hammond by the Chicago Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation contends that discharge violations are ongoing at U.S. Steel's Portage plant and include an April 2017 spill of a potentially carcinogenic chemical. Nearly 300 pounds of hexavalent chromium entered a Lake Michigan tributary in that incident. U.S. Steel said Wednesday it regrets the incidents at the plant. But it says the lawsuit is "unnecessary" because it's cooperated with "government and regulatory entities to swiftly remediate" the plant's issues. ___ Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com … [Read more...] about Chicago group sues US Steel over Indiana plant’s discharges
HAMMOND — Attorneys for the Surfrider Foundation on Wednesday filed a lawsuit asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare that U.S. Steel violated a wastewater permit for its Portage facility, and order the company to stop all illegal discharges, come into compliance and pay a financial penalty. The lawsuit says alleged violations at the plant are ongoing, and state and federal environmental regulators have not initiated any civil or criminal actions against U.S. Steel in the 60 days since the Surfrider Foundation served the company with a notice of intent to sue in November. Violations at the U.S. Steel Midwest Plant in Portage since 2013 include "at least 90 days of self-reported pollutant discharge exceedances, more than 30 monitoring and reporting failures, and at least six maintenance violations," according to a foundation news release. "These harmful and illegal acts include, but are not limited to, multiple excessive discharges of toxic chemicals into a body of … [Read more...] about UPDATE: Surfrider sues U.S. Steel over violations at lakefront plant in Portage
HAMMOND — Attorneys for the Surfrider Foundation on Wednesday filed a lawsuit asking a U.S. District Court judge to declare that U.S. Steel violated a wastewater permit for its Portage facility, and order the company to stop all illegal discharges, come into compliance and pay a financial penalty. The lawsuit says alleged violations at the plant are ongoing, and state and federal environmental regulators have not initiated any civil or criminal actions against U.S. Steel in the 60 days since the Surfrider Foundation served the company with a notice of intent to sue in November. Violations at the at the U.S. Steel Gary Works — Midwest Plant in Portage since 2013 include "at least 90 days of self-reported pollutant discharge exceedances, more than 30 monitoring and reporting failures, and at least six maintenance violations," according to a foundation news release. "These harmful and illegal acts include, but are not limited to, multiple excessive discharges of … [Read more...] about Surfrider sues U.S. Steel over violations at lakefront plant in Portage
PORTAGE — Attorneys threatening to sue U.S. Steel over violations of the Clean Water Act said this week said they’re concerned IDEM is "bending over backwards" to accommodate the company’s decision to assign a new wastewater operator at a plant where multiple chemical leaks have occurred. Documents show the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on Nov. 27 granted a provisional certificate for a new wastewater-treatment operator at the U.S. Steel Midwest plant in Portage. "The granting of a provisional certificate is a form of a variance from our rules and is not done routinely," IDEM said in a letter to U.S. Steel. "It is important you understand that neither an extension nor the granting of another provisional certificate to a second individual will be considered after the expiration of this certificate." U.S. Steel sought the provisional certificate after a former operator was removed from the chrome treatment plant in Portage and assigned to other … [Read more...] about Attorneys raise questions about management at U.S. Steel’s Portage plant
We feel safe in our homes, but that can be a false sense of security. The threat I'm talking about is something we can't see: Indoor air pollution. The air in our homes and workplaces can be more polluted than outdoor air in the most industrialized cities, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA says the problem is compounded by the fact that Americans spend 90 percent of their time indoors. Many different things can cause indoor air pollution, and they have a cumulative effect on our health. Let's look at one of those possible sources: Our furnishings. Yes, your new carpet or cabinet could be subtly poisoning you with chemicals such as benzene, ethylene glycol or formaldehyde. It's called "off-gassing." Four of the top 10 chemicals emitted from furnishings are considered "acute" hazards, or irritants. "Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of infections, lung cancer and chronic lung diseases such as asthma," according to the American … [Read more...] about Are your cabinets and carpet emitting chemicals?