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Chicago to sue US Steel for violating Clean Water Act

[JURIST] The City of Chicago announced in a press conference [video] on Friday that they would file a federal lawsuit against US Steel [corporate website] alleging that the company had violated the Clean Water Act [materials] and accusing the company of allowing two toxic spills to take place in recent months.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel [official website] said, "It's unacceptable and it's not an accident that U.S. Steel did not report the incident to the EPA, because they think that, in fact, there is nobody there that they are responsible or accountable to". Emanuel went further to state that the City was forced to bring the lawsuit due to the Trump administrations lack of response to the crisis.

U.S. Steel replied to the press conference issuing a statement [press release] which denied wrongdoing, "With regard to the October 26 operating excursion at our Midwest Plant, we want to reiterate the event did not pose any danger to water supply or human health, and we promptly communicated the issue to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management". The company also stated that it was "committed to complying with all environmental standards, to ensuring the safety of our employees and our neighbors in the communities in which we live and operate".

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