Indiana: ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor accused of manipulating test results by IDEMChristian Fernsby ▼ | January 9, 2020
Indiana Department of Environmental Management said that ArcelorMittal steel plant in Burns Harbor has been manipulating test results, following a toxic chemical spill that killed 3,000 fish in the Little Calumet River last summer.
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He wrote “If ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor maintains that it cannot credibly report noncompliant results based upon one analysis of a given sample that passes all quality assurance and quality control checks, then IDEM cannot feel confident in compliant results reported by ArcelorMittal Burns Harbor that are based on one analysis of a given sample that passes all quality assurance and quality control checks.
"ArcelorMittal’s self-monitoring program is either capable of generating valid results based upon one analysis of a given sample or it is not. Practice undermines the integrity of the test results ArcelorMittal submits. This practice is not allowable.”
IDEM noted other tests at the plant found unacceptable amounts of ammonia and cyanide in water discharged from one of the plant’s outfalls.
ArcelorMittal also has been unable to determine the source of the cyanide and ammonia coming from that outfall.
An ArcelorMittal spokesperson denied manipulating data. He said “We use certified, independent laboratories to analyze samples and we report the data, including any corrected data, from the labs to the regulatory agencies consistent with industry and laboratory standards. ArcelorMittal has a track record of providing accurate sampling data to the agencies.”
ArcelorMittal has been cooperating with IDEM and the US Environmental Protection Agency for months since the spill in Burns Harbor in August. ■