JOLIET, Ill. — The mayor of Joliet contends U.S. Steel is dragging its feet on efforts to clean up its Joliet mill site.
Joliet Mayor Thomas Giarrante has made redevelopment of the 54-acre steel mill property a goal of his administration. He tells The (Joliet) Herald-News (http://bit.ly/UYwHvn ) that the city even has an interested developer.
Environmental officials say U.S. Steel has made progress in the past year.
Joyce Munie of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency says U.S. Steel has done enough investigation to determine that part of the land is uncontaminated. She says that means the site could accommodate a strip center as long as development doesn’t go too deep into the property.
U.S. Steel says it continues to work with the Illinois EPA on remediation of the property.