"We have shut down the rolling mills, as we investigate," a U.S. Steel spokesperson said. "The sheen has been contained by an existing boom, and vacuum trucks are removing any accumulation.
The board of trustees accepted a grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to help pay for the bus and approved the purchase of one rear-engine electric school bus.
Portage Mayor Sue Lynch said she began receiving calls about 5:50 p.m. about the discharge, which started near the plant's outfall and traveled along Burns Waterway toward Lake Michigan.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management again declared two Air Quality Action Days for Friday and Saturday in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management said high levels of fine particle matter in the air are forecast to create hazardous conditions.
Those who are sensitive to changes in air quality could experience some health effects on days the ozone levels are high.
"The EPA's latest decision means pollution sources in those areas will now be required to clean up emissions that contribute to the formation of ozone," said Ann Jaworski of the Environmental Law and Policy Center.
The plan outlines the reason for the damage assessment and lays out a proposed approach for determining and quantifying harms to natural resources and calculating damages.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management was contacted after plastic pellets were found by a resident in the north basin of George Lake.
Senate Enrolled Act 389 authorizes private property owners to drain or fill nearly all isolated wetlands without having to obtain a state permit, or being required to replace the wetlands elsewhere.
Senate Enrolled Act 389 would permit Indiana property owners to drain or fill most isolated wetlands without a permit or compensatory mitigation.
“When you look at what we’ve done, and the minor adjustments that we’ve made, I would not anticipate that we’re going to have any kind of net loss,” said state Rep. Hal Slager, R-Schererville.
The House Environmental Affairs Committee is preparing to move forward with legislation eliminating all or most protections for state-regulated wetlands in Indiana.
Industrial facilities across Indiana in 2019 released or disposed of 123.33 million pounds of chemicals that could be harmful to people or the environment, the EPA found.
Earlier this month, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management warned the public to avoid the lake because of the bird deaths.
The Indiana Department of Environmental made an announcement asking the public to stay away from the Hammond lake until the investigation is concluded and the cause of death is determined.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources began getting reports of dead waterfowl in the area around mid-February. Lab tests are being conducted to determine the cause of death.
The Indiana Senate voted 29-19 Monday to put up to 80% of the remaining wetlands in the state at risk of permanent elimination.
A controversial plan to allow most of Indiana's remaining wetlands to be filled or drained will be eligible for approval next week by the Indiana Senate.
Senate Bill 389 would delete all state regulations on wetlands in Indiana not subject to federal oversight, also known as isolated wetlands.
Environmental officials said residents may smell a slight odor of diesel and may see a spotty sheen in the affected waterways.
The precautionary measures include placing booms at discharges, sealing the stormwater system around the affected area and continuous monitoring, she said.
Air quality alerts were in effect through Wednesday evening for Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph and Elkhart counties, NWS reported.