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Deal proposed in 3-state pollution suit against US Steel

CHICAGO (AP) — A proposed settlement has been announced in a 2012 pollution lawsuit brought by the federal government, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan against U.S. Steel Corporation.

The Department of Justice says in a Tuesday statement that, as part of a settlement, U.S. Steel would reduce pollution at three iron and steel plants in the Midwest — in Gary, Indiana; Ecorse, Michigan; and Granite City, Illinois.

The settlement filed in Hammond-based U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana is subject to final approval by a judge.

U. S. Steel would spend nearly $2 million on seven environmental projects. That includes removing light fixtures in schools containing toxic chemicals.

It also commits to spending $800,000 on removing contaminated transformers at its Gary and Ecorse facilities. It’ll pay a $2.2 million civil penalty.


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Two more victims of accused Gary serial killer identified

(GARY, Ind.) The final two women classified as Jane Does who were allegedly slain by suspected Indiana killer Darren Vann have been identified, authorities announced Friday.

Sonya Billingsley, 53, and Tanya Gatlin, 27, were both identified using DNA traces from the abandoned building at 413 E. 43rd Ave. in Gary, Ind. they were found in last October, according to a statement from the Lake County Coroner’s office. Both women were last known to live in Gary.

Last October, Darren Vann, 43, provided police with the locations of seven women he is suspected of killing.

Billingsley and Gatlin were the final two of the seven women to be identified.

Vann, of Gary, has been charged with murder in the deaths of Afrika Hardy, 19, who was found in a Hammond motel bathtub, and 35-year-old Anith Jones of Merrillville.

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