In April 2017, U.S. Steel illegally spilled approximately 350 pounds of chromium into a small waterway that empties directly into Lake Michigan. Nearly 300 pounds of the chromium were highly toxic and carcinogenic hexavalent chromium, all of which ended up in Lake Michigan, near a popular recreation and surf spot.
At that time, we demanded the issue be addressed. Surfrider and the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic on behalf of @chicago_surfrider filed a Notice of Intent to Sue U.S. Steel.
But our message was met with no response. Both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) have yet to take enforcement action against U.S. Steel, which is why, today, we are suing U.S. Steel to hold them accountable for their impact on Lake Michigan and the surrounding environment. (link in profile)