U.S. Steel Announces Grand Calumet River Project; Will Spend $30 Million on Sediment Remediation

Aug 06, 1998, 01:00 ET from U.S. Steel Group

    GARY, Ind., Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. Steel's Gary Works today announced
 an innovative $30 million sediment remediation project involving a five-mile
 stretch of the Grand Calumet River in Gary.  The voluntary plan was developed
 by U.S. Steel in cooperation with the EPA and other federal, state and local
 agencies and citizens groups.
     U.S. Steel also disclosed a series of wastewater capital projects --
 already completed at a cost of $25 million -- which will improve the plant's
 ability to prevent releases of process materials into the river.
     Details of the sediment remediation project, which is scheduled for
 completion by 2003, are contained in a new consent decree signed by the
 company and the EPA under the federal Clean Water Act.  The plan involves
 dredging of the designated stretch of river to remove approximately
 700,000 cubic yards of sediments.  The sediments will be disposed of in a
 specially designed facility called a corrective action management unit (CAMU),
 which will be constructed on property owned by Gary Works south of its sheet
 and tin operations.
     The company also announced that it will fund post-remediation monitoring
 of the Grand Calumet and that it will convey certain parcels of land in the
 area for public recreational purposes.
     Paul J. Wilhelm, president of the U.S. Steel Group (NYSE:   X) of USX
 Corporation, termed the plan "a creative commitment to costeffective
 environmental solutions on the Grand Calumet.  U.S. Steel is gratified that a
 remediation plan was developed through cooperative negotiation, rather than
 drawn out litigation."
     Wilhelm added that the plan "goes well beyond what is required of the
 company under terms of an earlier (1990) consent agreement with the EPA --
 evidence of U.S. Steel's commitment to continuous environmental improvement as
 well as competitive excellence.  The Grand Calumet project represents the
 latest in a long series of investments and programs at Gary Works in line with
 that commitment to clean air and clean water in Northwest Indiana," Wilhelm
     Charles G. Carson, vice president of environmental affairs for the U.S.
 Steel Group, emphasized that "the sediments were deposited in the river over
 past decades through accepted practices of those times.  Gary Works is a
 90-year-old steel mill, and operating practices and environmental standards
 have changed over the years," Carson said.  "Through this voluntary
 remediation plan, U.S. Steel and the various agencies and community groups who
 participated in its development are working together to assure that the Grand
 Calumet will provide more beneficial uses."
     Carson said the corrective action management unit which was proposed by
 U.S. Steel "is an example of the creative, costeffective solutions contained
 in the remediation plan.  The CAMU will allow us to deal with the sediments
 dredged from the river in an innovative, state-of-the-art manner on Gary Works
 property," said Carson.  "Since there will be virtually no need to transport
 and dispose of material off site, there will be minimal impact on the
     The CAMU will safely contain the river sediments and will allow the
 removal, treatment and discharge of clean water back into the Grand Calumet.
 Monitoring will assure that no impact will occur to groundwater, soil, the
 river or the ambient air.  In addition to the $25 million wastewater treatment
 programs recently completed by Gary Works, the plant is in the process of
 implementing a new environmental management system covering all aspects of
 Gary's operations.  That plan is scheduled to be fully implemented by December
 of this year.
     As part of the Grand Calumet remediation agreement, U.S. Steel will convey
 for public use five parcels totaling 246 acres for natural resources and
 habitat purposes.  Included will be 32 acres of natural habitat area owned by
 Gary Works near the headwaters of the river which will be donated to the
 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Park.
     The other four parcels will be purchased and deeded to the federal
 government or the state of Indiana to be used by the public for fishing and
 other recreational activities.
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