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Third beach closed after U.S. Steel toxic spill

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A third beach in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was closed Wednesday stemming from a U.S. Steel wastewater discharge to Burns Waterway.

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Discharge contained hexavalent chromium, a toxic byproduct of industrial processes, the National Park Service (NPS) said.

"This additional beach closure is based on a recommendation that all beaches within three miles of the discharge be closed as a precaution to protect the health of park visitors," NPS said.

An undetermined amount of wastewater from the steel plant was discharged Tuesday, and it was not yet determined whether the spill has been contained, according to the NPS.

The wastewater that was released into the Burns Waterway came from electroplating lines that was supposed to go to a dedicated wastewater treatment plant, U.S. Steel said.

A faulty mechanism in the rinsewater pipe lead to the water being sent to a different treatment plant and into the waterway, the company said.

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