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INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: The National Park Service has closed two beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore due to the spill of a potentially hazardous chemical into the Burns Waterway. West Beach and the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk sites in the national lakeshore were closed this afternoon as a precaution for the health and safety of park visitors. Until more information is known, people and their pets should have no contact with the water of Lake Michigan or Burns Waterway in the West Beach and Portage Lakefront areas. The National Park Service will continue to closely monitor the situation and will provide an update on park closures after 10:00 am on Wednesday April 12.
Specific questions as to the nature and potential harmful effects of the chemical spill should be referred to Rachel Bassler, Public Information Officer for the United States Environmental Protection Agency at 312-886-7159 or by e-mail at e-mail us.