Mittal Steel and our Health

November 14, 2007 - Tri-C Metro Campus

photos by Sandy Buchanan and Angela Oster
Just over 100 Cleveland area residents gathered Wednesday night at Cuyahoga County Community College to hear testimony on pollution problems from Mittal Steel and speak their mind on the topic. Kim Foreman from Environmental Health Watch chaired the public hearing and sat on the panel with Dr. Anne Wise from Neighborhood Family Practice and Dr. Dan Brustein from MEDSource One. Emily Lee with the American Lung Association commented on the increasing epidemic of asthma and lung disease in Ohio and in Cleveland. Dr. Kathy Fagan with CASE Western Reserve University's Swetland Environmental Health Center spoke about the pollutants Mittal Steel admits releasing into Cleveland's air and the health problems related such as heart and lung damage. Laurel Hopwood, a registered nurse and Chair of Northeast Ohio Sierra Club Human Health & the Environment Committee, shared her experience of seeing a small child having an asthma attack. Ina Roth from Old Brooklyn, Beatty DiNovi from Tremont, and Becca Riker from Tremont testified the problems of soot on their homes, rotten egg odors in the community, and the fact that neighbors living around Mittal Steel expect the steel company to invest in their facility to reduce the amount of pollution neighbors are dealing with. Matt Carroll and David Bruckman from the Cleveland Department of Public Health and Stu Greenberg with Environmental Health Watch attended the meeting and answered questions from the audience. Laurie Rokakis from Congressman Kucinich's office and Lisa Hong from eQueststrategies, a consulting firm to Mittal Steel, attended the public hearing as well. Please call me at (216) 861.5200 or email me to join the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group for a follow-up meeting after Thanksgiving to plan the next actions in the campaign to get Mittal Steel to clean up.