ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor steel mill along Lake Michigan about 20 miles southeast of Chicago is responsible for baking coal into high-carbon coke and processing iron ore for its blast furnaces in order to produce steel. The mill emitted nearly 18,000 pounds of toxic lead and 173,000 pounds of benzene in 2016, yet environmental regulators have no clue where those hazardous emissions are going after they are released into the air. The state of Illinois conducted an analysis of local wind patterns, which suggested the pollution could be blowing northward toward Chicago, or even southward toward Chesterton, Indiana. This summer, the ... Read More
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