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Opposition Mounts Against BP, IDEM

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Karen Kroczek (right) hands copies of 1,200 signitures to Letty Zepeda at the Merrillville, Indiana office of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management on Monday. (Photo by Michael Puente)

Criticism continues to mount against Indiana environmental officials for approving British Petroleum’s request to dump more pollutants into Lake Michigan. Chicago Public Radio’s Michael Puente reports.

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Karen Kroczek spent the weekend collecting signatures from beachgoers in Northwest Indiana.

With the help of 20 other volunteers, Kroczek, a Munster, Indiana resident, got 12-hundred signatures. She hopes the petitions will encourage the Indiana Department of Environmental Management to take a second look at its decision to approve BP’s request to dispose of higher amounts of ammonia and other chemicals in Lake Michigan.

KROCZEK: “It seems to be the public has not been fully informed and that we have not had an opportunity to voice our opinions about the lake and air that belong to the public.”

Indiana environmental officials say the increased chemical discharges will not harm the lake.

I’m Michael Puente. Chicago Public Radio.

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