Hunters, Boaters “Panicking” Over Great Lakes Cyanide Spill

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“All of our boater residents and many of our housing residents are panicking because of cyanide in the water. People are scared and are staying away.” 

THE NEWS DISPATCH | PORTAGE, INDIANA – In the wake of a chemical spill that closed a beach in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, and raised an outcry from environmental groups over public notification and possible effects of the spill, several entities are teaming up to sue the steelmaker behind the toxic release.

Portage attorney Thomas Dogan has filed a notice of intent to sue ArcelorMittal, with plaintiffs in the suit including the Portage Port Authority, Marquette Yacht Club, VI Marina, Dunes Harbor LLC and KLM Dunes, along with nearly 70 people who claim they were affected by the spill.

[ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel producer. The multinational corporation is headquartered in Luxembourg. It was formed in 2006 from the takeover and merger of Arcelor by Indian-owned Mittal Steel. – Wikipedia

“Barrels of dead and possible poisonous fish located on the premise”

Dogan said in the letter that the plaintiffs “consist of persons and businesses who recreate, enjoy the natural resources, engage in healthy exercise, instil proper morals, raise their families, enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities; and conduct legal businesses within the area of the Burns Waterway and nearby Lake Michigan and its environs near Portage.”

He said they are all “adversely affected by pollution from the ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor Plant” and intend to sue “for violations of the Clean Water Act resulting from the facility’s operation in violation of the law.”

The Portage Public Marina said in the notice:

“Our marina had barrels of dead and possible poisonous fish located on the premise after the ArcelorMittal cyanide dumping. The smell has been atrocious ever since this fish-kill took place. There are also dead birds.”

And Marina Shores at Dunes Harbor states:

“All of our boater residents and many of our housing residents are panicking. People are not purchasing fuel for their boats because of cyanide in the water. People are scared and are staying away … ” Read more.