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PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — Boating enthusiasts have been slow to return to the Lake Michigan shoreline in northwestern Indiana after a chemical spill killed thousands of fish and prompted the temporary closure of beaches.

ArcelorMittal issued an apology Aug. 16 for the cyanide and ammonia spill that occurred after its Burns Harbor mill had a failure at a blast furnace water recirculation system.

The spill killed roughly 3,000 fish, including panfish, shad, channel catfish, bass and walleye, and forced the closure of beaches in Portage and Ogden Dunes.

Portage Mayor John Cannon blamed the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for not alerting him for several days.

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