CITIZENS V. IDEM (US STEEL)
Sept. 29, 2007 – LEAF files Public Comments on U.S. Steel NPDES permit
On behalf of the 165-member ad-hoc citizen group, People Opposed to Wastewater Without Enough Review (POWWER), LEAF submitted public comments to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) challenging U.S. Steel’s draft wastewater pollution permit. If approved, the permit would have allowed the steel mill to increase the amount of chromium it could dump into a tributary of Lake Michigan and would allow the mill five more years to comply with pollution limits for several toxins, including mercury, cyanide, ammonia, zinc, copper and benzo(a)pyrene.
Oct. 1, 2007 – EPA blocks U.S. Steel permit after receiving public comments
Oct. 12, 2007 – Public opposition to U.S. Steel permit culminates in front page story in the Chicago Tribune
Oct. 17, 2007 – LEAF and other environmental groups seek hearing on EPA objections to U.S. Steel permit
LEAF, along with a coalition of organizations, requested that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hold a public hearing on the agency’s objections to the U.S. Steel permit. The coalition included Save the Dunes Council, Hoosier Environmental Council, Natural Resources Defense Council, Indiana Wildlife Federation, Indiana Division of the Izaak Walton League of America, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Sierra Club-Hoosier Chapter, Alliance for the Great Lakes, League of Women Voters of Northwest Indiana, POWWER, Environment Illinois and the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation of Indiana.
Pressure mounts on U.S. Steel, Gitte Laasby, Post Tribune, Oct. 18, 2007
Nov. 1, 2007 – EPA to hold public hearing on U.S. Steel Draft permit
EPA Region 5 held a public hearing on its objections to Indiana’s draft wastewater discharge permit for U.S. Steel’s Gary Works. EPA raised objections to certain parts of Indiana’s permit in two letters to the state. EPA’s objections had to be resolved before the permit could be issued. EPA’s release No. 07 – OPA203
Nov. 15, 2007 – EPA announces date, time and location of public hearing. EPA’s Release Announcement (Click link to access PDF)
Dec. 10, 2007 – LEAF submits public comments on behalf of a coalition of environmental organizations on EPA’s objections to U.S. Steel NPDES Permit
Letter To EPA Regarding Objections.
Dec. 11, 2007 – Hundreds attend EPA hearing on U.S. Steel
January 9, 2008 – U.S. Steel asks for dumping variance, Post-Tribune