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On April 12th, a chemical spill from U.S. Steel closed three beaches in Lake Michigan’s Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Wastewater containing hexavalent chromium was discharged into a nearby waterway that feeds into the lake. People have been warned not to come into contact with the contaminated water.
In response Bowden Quinn, director of the Hoosier Chapter, issued the following statement:
“This toxic spill is a harsh reminder of the importance of protecting our waterways and ensuring our environmental agencies have the resources to keep our families healthy. In an era when important health safeguards are on the chopping block and the Environmental Protection Agency is being targeted with massive budget cuts, the ever-widening consequences of this pollution testify to the continued need for measures to hold polluters accountable and ensure communities are informed and protected.”