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Beaches closed at Indiana Dunes National Park after chemical spill

IDEM is leading the investigation to discover the nature and extent of the damage.

PORTAGE, Ind. — Beaches closed at Indiana Dunes National Park Monday after a massive chemical spill.

An aerial view of the area showed a murky substance in the water. Portage Mayor Sue Lynch said calls about the spill came in Sunday evening. It happened in water near a U.S. Steel Midwest plant.

Samples of the spill have been collected for analysis, and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management is investigating the extent of the damage.

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Posted by Indiana Dunes National Park on Monday, September 27, 2021

The Portage Lakefront & Riverwalk and all of the park's beaches are closed until further notice out of an abundance of caution.

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