Where does emissions from Burns Harbor steel plant go? No one really knows.

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BURNS HARBOR, Ind. (AP) — A northwestern Indiana steel mill is a major source of industrial lead and benzene emissions, and environmental regulators aren’t sure where the pollution ends up.

The Chicago Tribune came to the conclusion after analyzing years of federal records about ArcelorMittal’s Burns Harbor steel mill.

The newspaper found that the mill released nearly 18,000 pounds of lead and 173,000 pounds of benzene in 2016, and that the mill’s airborne emissions of both pollutants rose sharply during the past decade.

A state wind pattern analysis suggests pollution could be blowing north and west toward Chicago or south toward the Indiana community of Chesterton.

ArcelorMittal says there isn’t any evidence the mill’s air pollution exceeds regulatory standards.

The Environmental Protection Agency says it started an analysis this summer to determine where the mill’s lead pollution spreads.

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  1. Here we go again…Some reporter trying to make something out of nothing. I bet this reporter doesn’t worry about the exhaust from his/her car. I will also bet this reporter doesn’t think about the emissions from the coal powered electric plant that provides his/her electricity. I could go on and on but there is no point. Just fear mongering as the fake media always does. Report on things that actually matter right now like the massive amount of shootings in the Chicago area and the Mayor that does nothing to help.

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