US Steel Says Committed To Complying With All Environmental Standards

US Steel Says Committed To Complying With All Environmental Standards”

After announcing on Sunday the city's intent to sue U.S. Steel for polluting Lake Michigan, Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasted the company and federal environmental regulators who've been "asleep at the switch" under the Trump administration.

He pointed to two recent spills to highlight his point. City officials said they were not immediately notified about the chromium spill in October.

"The job of the [Environmental Protection Agency], and let me be clear about this, is to police the polluters, not to protect them", Emanuel said Sunday outside his City Hall office.

Mayor Emanuel says the threatened lawsuit is created to get the attention of U.S. Steel and the EPA, who he says dropped the ball.

In April, 300 pounds of chromium leaked out of a rusted pipe and into a waterway that led to Lake Michigan.

"It's unacceptable and it's not an accident that US Steel did not report the incident to the EPA, because they think that, in fact, there is nobody there that they are responsible or accountable to", Emanuel added. "They made a conscious decision not to report it and the EPA, under Donald Trump, this is a wake-up call". "Chicago will fight against that mindset". The company said it was committed to complying with environmental standards and safeguarding the environment.

"With regard to the October 26 operating excursion at our Midwest Plant, we want to reiterate the event did not pose any danger to water supply or human health, and we promptly communicated the issue to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM)". U.S. Steel will have 60 days to respond to provide information about its Portage operation and any violations of its permit, Siskel said. Chromium is known to cause cancer, in addition, it targets the respirator system, kidneys, liver, skin and eyes. "Chicagoans rely on Lake Michigan for our drinking water, as an economic engine and as a recreational asset". The City has tested the water, and Mayor Emanuel says it is safe to drink.

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