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JUNE UPDATE: EPA FINDS NO IMMEDIATE ENVRIONMENTAL IMPACTS FROM CHROMIUM RELEASE; BEACHES REOPEN, U.S. STEEL PLANT RESUMES OPERATIONS
EPA’s water testing showed no hexavalent chromium impacts to the Burns Waterway or Lake Michigan. All results from water samples taken after the day of the release (April 10) showed hexavalent chromium below EPA’s method detection limit of 1 part per billion. All EPA data is found on this website on the bottom left under Map.
U.S. Steel has resumed full operations and reported to EPA that approximately 298 pounds of hexavalent chromium were released.
The National Park Service, or NPS reopened all its neighboring beaches. NPS is overseeing a long term sampling and monitoring plan.
If you have general questions regarding chromium and the potential impacts of chromium releases to health and the environment, a Frequently Asked Questions Sheet is available in the Documents section of this website.
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