The Closer to Mittal Steel, the Greater the
Mittal Steel reports emissions of seven metals to the EPA (Toxics Release
Inventory), including barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, manganese, vanadium,
and zinc. Ohio Citizen Action took five swipe samples at homes and public
places near the steel mill over a one week period spanning from 05/09/05
to 05/17/05 and had them tested at Tri-State Laboratories in Youngstown,
Ohio. The results were compared to a clean swipe sample. The samples indicate
the concentrations of the metals were higher closer to the steel mill.
All metals except cadmium were found at all sites. Vanadium was detected
at 1,2, and 4 only.
3488 Independence Road, aluminum window awning; taken at 7:23 pm on 05/09/05.
Two days before the sample was taken, homeowner reported a heavy downfall
of metal flakes.
3488 Independence Road,
taken at 7:25 pm on 05/09/05, tray on baby stroller. Highest level of
zinc and second highest for other metals; this may be due to the fact
that childrens toys collect a lot of residue because of saliva.
Also, the site is right next to the companys landfill and zinc is
one of its main constituents.
Taken at 3:40 pm on 05/10/05
1309 Buhrer Road; side of house; highest amount of copper found and third
highest levels of other metals.
Taken at 4:29 pm on 05/10/05
Hood of car at used car place corner of Rockefeller and Independence roads:
right in the middle of the facility; Highest amount of barium found; Highest
amounts of metal contamination of all locations.
For more information, contact Sandy
Buchanan (216) 861-5200.
Taken at 2:30 pm on 05/17/05.
Metal top of garbage can at Clark Field. Vanadium was detected, similar
to Sample 1.