The Cincinnati Enquirer
- The Sierra Club says pollution in Dick's Creek has AK
Steel's fingerprints all over it.
The environmental group is one of four organizations -
along with the U.S. and Ohio Environmental Protection Agencies
- that have sued AK Steel, claiming the company allowed
PCB-laced fluids to leach out of its landfills and into the
creek, making it one of the most polluted waterways in the
state and unsafe for people to swim, wade or fish in.
Officials at AK Steel say their plant had nothing to do
with the pollution in the creek.
But the Sierra Club says testing it commissioned shows that
PCBs taken from two sites in the creek match up chemically
with PCBs found in the steel mill's landfill. Those results
were released Thursday.
"The report compares our two samples to each other. They
have very similar patterns of concentrations, indicating they
are from the same source," said Susan Knight, water sentinels
project director for the Sierra Club.
More testing and analysis have to be performed before the
results are complete enough to be incorporated into the
lawsuit, she said.
Alan McCoy, spokesman for AK Steel, said the tests don't
prove anything. The steel maker hired its own consultant,
which produced a report stating there are dozens of other
companies that could have caused the pollution.
When asked if the Sierra Club consultants will test other
sites along the creek, Knight said there are no plans to do
"At some point, this becomes ridiculous," she said. "AK
Steel is the 800-pound, PCB-releasing gorilla sitting on
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