Beaches open at Indiana Dunes NL again after chemical spill determined to be no longer dangerous

Given evidence that a dangerous chemical spilled by a nearby steel plant last week poses no danger, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore reopened three beaches Monday afternoon.

West Beach, Cowles Bog Beach, and Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk Beach were deemed safe for the public after an undetermined amount of the toxic chemical, hexavalent chromium, was spilled into Burns Waterway by a U.S. Steel plant at Portage, Indiana, on April 11. The waterway is 100 yards upstream of Lake Michigan.

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