Two Environmental Groups Sue ArcelorMittal Over Past Violations
Two environmental groups made good on their promise to sue steelmaker ArcelorMittal on Wednesday. They say the company hasn’t been held accountable for more than 100 violations at its northwest Indiana facility — including a chemical spill that killed more than 3,000 fish in August.
The plaintiffs want the company to pay for past violations and to make repairs to the plant so its in compliance.
In October, the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Hoosier Environmental Council sent a 60-day notice of their plans to sue to ArcelorMittal as well as state and federal environmental agencies.
ELPC executive director Howard Learner is the attorney representing the plaintiffs. He says the groups had hoped the company would have contacted them shortly after filing the notice.
“Call us — or the plaintiffs — up and say, ‘Let’s see what we can work out.’ That didn’t happen here,” he says.
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Environmental Protection Agency also could have filed their own suits against ArcelorMittal. But Learner says that didn't happen either.
ArcelorMittal released the following statements Thursday afternoon:
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