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Students share concerns about wastewater at Wolf Lake

Advocates want tighter restrictions wastewater dumped inIndianside Wolf Lake. | Post-Tribune file photo

Advocates want tighter restrictions on wastewater dumped into the Indiana side of Wolf Lake. | Post-Tribune file photo

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Updated: November 14, 2013 6:51AM



HAMMOND — College students from Hammond headed into Chicago on Friday to raise awareness of environmental damage to Wolf Lake.

Six students from Calumet College St. Joseph and one from Purdue University Calumet handed out fliers near the Thompson Center and Cook County Administration building to educate the public about petroleum wastewater discharge into Wolf Lake.

Michael Boos, executive director of the Association of Wolf Lake Initiative, said Wolf Lake Terminals in Hammond is discharging petroleum wastewater on the Indiana side of the lake, also contaminating the Illinois side.

Boos said the actions are not illegal, since the company received a permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, but his organization and others around the lake want more stringent regulations.

“We’re asking, why is this violation of the Clean Water Act allowed?” Boos said. “IDEM should require correct permitting for Wolf Lake Terminals.”

Boos asked the students to help spread information about Wolf Lake.

Andrea Munoz, a student at Calumet College, said the group handed a flier to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She had more enthusiasm from a city hall employee who took a handful of fliers.

“It was amazing,” Munoz said. “As soon as I handed him a flier, someone approached him and asked for one, too.”

Boos hopes to organize a second informational picket Friday in downtown Chicago.



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