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Steel company to pay fine, donate land to Indiana Dunes NP after taking responsibility for spill

An Indiana steelmaker has agreed to pay $3 million, upgrade plant equipment, and donate 127 acres of land to the Indiana Dunes National Park after it caused a chemical spill leading into Burns Waterway that killed 3,000 fish in 2019.

The proposed consent decree would have to be approved by a federal judge in the U.S. District Court in Hammond. At the time, the Burns Harbor steel mill was owned by ArcelorMittal, which sold the majority of its American assets to Cleveland Cliffs in 2020.

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