AK Steel Board ousts Wardrop
Neighbors and groups seek changes at AK Steel

For Immediate Release
September 18, 2003

Susan Knight, Sierra Club, (513) 348-5752 cell
Rachael Belz, Ohio Citizen Action, (513) 602-4115 cell

AK Steel's CEO, Richard Wardrop, and President of the Board, John Hritz, resigned at the close of business today, effective immediately.

Ohio Citizen Action, Sierra Club, ECO and UNADA (United Neighbors Against Dirty Air) have been working to clean up the ongoing pollution from the plant. "This creates an important opportunity for the new AK Steel management to work with the community to clean up its pollution violations and reinvest in Middletown," Susan Knight, Sierra Club organizer, said.

"It is important to have new management who understands that the people and workers in Middletown made AK a leader in the steel industry. It is time for them to do what Richard Wardrop never did -- sit down with the neighbors and community groups to work together to clean up Middletown," Rachael Belz, Southwest Ohio director, Ohio Citizen Action, said.

"Dick Wardrop cleaned house when he came in ten years ago. It upset a lot of workers. Now it’s Wardrop's turn to go and it's our turn to clean house and get rid of this pollution," Ray Agee, head of the neighbor’s group UNADA in Middletown, said.

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