BP refinery, Gary Works among leading
By Tim Zorn
Published February 9, 2006
Two Northwest Indiana industries have been among the
largest polluters in the Great Lakes, according to a report
being released today.
The report, “Partners in Pollution,” compares releases
to air and water reported by U.S. and Canadian industries
and power plants in 2002.
“It’s the first report in 10 years that specifically
looks at pollution in the Great Lakes,” said Gary resident
Lin Kaatz Chary, working for Great Lakes United. “People
have the impression that the Great Lakes have been pretty
well cleaned up, and this demonstrates that we have a
long way to go.”
Two Canadian environmental organizations compared data
from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic
Release Inventory (TRI) and Canada’s National Pollutant
Release Inventory (NPRI).
The ranking of facilities with the largest releases of
water pollutants puts U.S. Steel’s Gary Works at the top,
with 1.3 million kilograms of nitric acid and nitrates
released in 2002.
U.S. Steel spokesman John Armstrong said all of Gary
Works’ releases were allowed by its water permit.
“We monitor them daily and work hard to keep within the
permitted levels,” he said.
U.S. Steel also ranked third for amount of pollutants
sent to an on-site landfill.
The BP refinery in Whiting ranked 10th in the Great Lakes
basin for air releases, putting more than 1.3 million
kilograms of materials into the air in 2002.
For more information
“Partners in Pollution: An Assessment of Continuing Canadian
and United States Contributions to Great Lakes Pollution,”
is to be available, starting today, at this site: www.pollutionwatch.org