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Tainted Water from Steel Plant Leaking to Lake

Officials at US Steel Gary Works say they are designing a plan to stem groundwater that has been leaking benzene into Lake Michigan for months. By the end of January, the steelmaker is expected to submit a treatment plan to state and federal environmental regulators for $1 million treatment system to stop the chemical leak. As part of the steel plant’s federal order to analyze soil and groundwater for contamination this summer, officials discovered benzene-laden groundwater had been trickling into the lake. No agency seems to know how much benzene has gone into the lake. The Company has found benzene levels of one to three parts per million in groundwater monitoring wells near the affected water. The EPA project manager state that although the level is not showing any immediate risk, it is high enough. To read the full story, click here.