Mittal Steel news from Jul - Dec 2005
| Dec 7:
It's time for Mittal Steel to do the right thing
CLEVELAND -- " As a resident of the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland,
I take offense to the recent comments made by Mittal Steel spokesperson
Dave Allen. Allen is quoted as saying he is unaware of any recent complaints
from neighbors. Mittal already has received 25,000 letters; how many more
does company management need to accept the fact that neighbors are unhappy
with the air, water and land pollution generated by its steel mills? Shame
on you, Mittal. It's time to act like a world-class company. Upgrade your
emissions-control systems and processes and become a good neighbor to Tremont,
Slavic Village and other Cleveland neighborhoods and suburbs," Sandra
Smith, letter to the editor, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
| Nov 30:
Denny Larson, Jessica Kramer and Jerry Reed-Mundell
meet for pollution patrol in Tremont.
CLEVELAND -- "Frustrated with the lack of action from city government
to uncover who is responsible for stinking up Tremont, residents have begun
to arm themselves for a war against Mittal Steel and General Environmental
Management. Environmental watchdog Ohio Citizen Action has been monitoring
the Mittal factory for some time... Denny Larson, of Global
Community Monitor, has perfected a process for constructing low-cost
air monitoring machines, from buckets and other material available at Home
Depot. Last Monday, at OCAs request, he flew into town for a community
meeting at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont, where he taught
a few dozens residents how to form their own 'bucket brigade,'" James
Renner, Free Times.
| Nov 27:
Workshop to help Tremont folks monitor Mittal Steel air quality
CLEVELAND -- "Can citizens armed with five-gallon plastic buckets persuade
the world's largest steel maker to clean up its act in Cleveland? Ohio
Citizen Action wants to try. The state's largest environmental group
plans to meet Monday evening at Pilgrim
Congregational Church in Tremont to teach folks how to make their own
air pollution monitors using buckets, a vacuum pump and some other hardware.
The group wants residents who live around the sprawling Mittal Steel Co.
plant to collect samples when they smell bad air. Those samples will be
sent to a laboratory in California and tested. It's another step in the
group's ongoing campaign to get Mittal Steel, formerly known as International
Steel Group plant, and before that, LTV Steel Co., to reduce its air pollution,"
John C. Kuehner, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
| Oct 21:
Mittal Steel wants to double landfill size
CLEVELAND -- "Mittal
Steel Co. wants to nearly double the size of its landfill in the Cuyahoga
River valley to make room for industrial wastes from its Cleveland steel-making
plant. The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is reviewing the expansion
request and will hold a public meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Newburgh
Heights Courtroom, 4000 Washington Park Blvd. The landfill is primarily
in Cleveland, with about 10 percent in Newburgh Heights... This is the only
industrial landfill left in Cuyahoga County," John Kuehner, Cleveland
| Oct 17:
Spill at steel plant puts 500 gallons of oil into river
CLEVELAND -- "At least 500 gallons of heavy grade fuel oil spilled
into the Cuyahoga River on Sunday after a transfer pump failed at the former
ISG steel plant in the Flats. Up to 2,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked from
a valve, mostly onto the ground, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Jeff
Hall. A thin ribbon of oil was visible along one side of the river, officials
said," V. David Sartin, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
CLEVELAND -- Dutch
company's oil spillage will not harm environment, News From Russia.
Mittal Steel released 963,700 pounds of fine particles in 2004
CLEVELAND -- "Mittal
Steel, the largest single air polluter in Cuyahoga County, reported emitting
963,700 pounds of fine particles into the air in 2004 (source: Title V
emissions fee report to Ohio EPA, April 2005)," Sandy Buchanan, Ohio
CLEVELAND -- NE
Ohio lacks alerts for particle pollution, John C. Kuehner, Cleveland
One whiff and people get miffed downtown
-- "Every time Jennifer Maurer comes to Cleveland she holds her nose.
Something stinks along Interstate 77 -- a strong smell that rises from
the industrial end of the Flats. 'It's so potent, you almost feel like
you're tasting it,' said the 35-year-old Akron woman, who teaches music
in the Cleveland schools and smells the odor while driving into downtown.
She called the city's smell police. Maurer is one of many people who have
complained to air pollution inspectors about a strong, solvent-like odor
since early February. Inspectors from the Cleveland Division of Air Quality
tracked the odor to General Environmental Management LLC, which treats
liquid industrial and hazardous wastes," John Kuehner, Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- Cleveland tries to resolve odor complaints, Associated Press.
Sep 20: Photo
Tremont Arts and Cultural Festival
CLEVELAND -- "Ohio Citizen Action participated in the Tremont Arts
and Cultural Festival on September 17th and 18th. A few of Mittal Steel's
390,000 neighbors showed up to learn more about the air pollution campaign
with the Mittal Steel Cleveland Works. They visited our table-top steel
mill and made mini smoke-stacks to wear. The festival was held at Lincoln
Park, located on Starkweather between West 14th and West 11th streets
in Tremont," Katarina Popovic, Ohio Citizen Action.
Mittal air emissions on the rise
CLEVELAND -- "Mittal Steel's Cleveland Works air emissions have gone
up by 206% from 2003 to 2004, according to the latest TRI (Toxic Release
Inventory) figures submitted by the company to the Ohio EPA. The Toxic
Release Inventory is a database of toxic chemical emissions into the air,
land, and water in the United States. Zinc, cadmium, and copper air discharges
from Mittal Steel all increased dramatically. The reopening of the West
Side Works at the beginning of 2004 is partly responsible for the overall
rise in emissions. Offsite land disposal also increased as the company
expands its onsite landfills," Katarina Popovic, Ohio Citizen Action.
Sep 14: Mittal
Steel to spend $1.5 billion in '05
LONDON, UK -- "Mittal
Steel, the world's largest steelmaker, said it's spending $1.5 billion
this year on plant expansions and other projects designed to tap a surge
in demand. The spending is part of $4.5 billion earmarked by the Rotterdam-based
company for 900 projects in 14 countries, it said. The company expects
global demand for steel to grow between 3 and 4 per cent in coming years.
'The basic fundamentals for our industry are more positive than they have
been for many decades,' billionaire owner Lakshmi Mittal said in a newsletter
on the Web site. Demand will grow 'for the foreseeable future,'" Sify.
Mittal will restart West Side Sept. 7
CLEVELAND -- "Mittal Steel USA plans to
restart the basic oxygen furnace and continuous caster on the West Side
of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland on Sept. 7, but only for six to eight
weeks, Mittal spokesman Dave Allen said Friday. The operations have been
idled since early April because of market conditions. The restart is designed
to take care of a bulge in demand in the Cleveland market, he said, and
to process iron created while both blast furnaces on the East Side of
the river are in use. Workers sent to the East Side when the West Side
operations were idled will return to their old jobs," Cleveland
Steel USA bringing one furnace back, idling another
CHICAGO -- "Mittal Steel USA is returning
one blast furnace to service, then will idle another for maintenance,
in order to maintain stable production in its eastern region over the next several
months. Mittal Steel USA - Cleveland will restart blast furnace C-6 Aug. 23 in
preparation for the scheduled idling of Cleveland's other ironmaker, blast
furnace C-5, in October.
The company took C-6 out of production in May, accelerating maintenance
that had been scheduled to be done later, in response to inventory-related
Similarly, C-5 will be idled in order to perform extensive repairs to
the furnace top.
The overlap also will enable the Cleveland plant to cover the company's
steelmaking needs during an upcoming 20-day mainentance outage at Mittal
Steel USA - Sparrows Point, where a complete reline is needed at one of the
Maryland plant's basic oxygen furnaces," press release, Mittal
Aug 9: Mittal
shunned by analysts
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS -- "Imagine if an industry leader such as
General Electric Co. or Exxon Mobil Corp. reported quarterly earnings,
and no one paid attention. That's the case with Mittal Steel Co., the
world's largest steelmaker...By contrast, 25 analysts cover Irving, Texas-based
Exxon Mobil, the world's biggest publicly traded oil company, according
to data compiled by Bloomberg. General Electric, based in Fairfield, Connecticut,
had 23 analyst recommendations in the past 12 months, according to Bloomberg
data. Mittal 'is a superb company but it's a very complicated company,'
said Wayne Atwell, steel industry analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York...Mittal,
which operates plants in 14 countries and employs 160,000 people worldwide,
is seeking to raise its profile with investors. Onillon said that as part
of that effort, the company will take analysts on a tour of its steel
mills in Poland, the Czech Republic and Kazakhstan in September," Financial
Jul 28: Metal
flakes found at homes near Mittal Steel
The Closer to Mittal Steel, the Greater
-- "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," Katarina Popovic, Ohio Citizen Action.
Jul 27: Can
big steel be a good neighbor?
CLEVELAND -- "Why is the Cuyahoga Valley still stinky? As
part of its Good Neighbor Campaign, Ohio Citizen Action has gotten 18,942
residents to send letters to Mittal Steel (formerly ISG, formerly LTV,
formerly Republic Steel) asking them to reduce pollution and make their
newly-purchased Cleveland Works a shining example of 'how to have a successful
steel mill and protect the public's health,' especially since the Cleveland
plant has more neighbors than any other in the country, Lee Chilcote, Cool Cleveland.
Jul 26: Letter
to Mittal Steel
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS -- "Welcome to the neighborhood.
Though we aren't neighbors now, up until three years ago we lived within
smelling distance of your newly aquired ISG Cleveland Works. I would like
to take a few moments of your time to tell you about life in Tremont,
the neighborhood your new plant abuts...Though it affected it us in trivial
ways, it affected us. The level of dust inside our house was annoying,
but the black soot on the outside of the house was alarming...We
were in a position where we could move. We could buy a house and leave
Tremont and its pollution. We are lucky. The residents of the Cleveland
Metropolitan Housing Authority's Valleyview Homes housing project are
not so lucky. They and their children are among the residents closest
in proximity to your plant. It is for all the chldren of Tremont that
we write this letter. They have no say, no ability to choose where they
live, no choice but to grow up filling their lungs with polluted air,"
Stephanie and Garrick Lipscomb, Ohio Citizen Action members.
Jul 22: Environment:
"Ohio Citizen Action is entering year two of its Good Neighbor Campaign
to clean up and prevent pollution from the Mittal Steel Co. plant in Cleveland.
The sprawling plant, formerly known as ISG and LTV, is a major polluter
in Cuyahoga County. Mittal aquired ISG in April. Ohio Citizen Action has
been asking residents to write the steel company's top brass as its volunteers
canvass Greater Cleveland. So far residents have written 18,942 letters,
said Sandy Buchanan, the group's executive director. 'We'd love to see
Mittal come and make Cleveland an example on how to have a successful
steel mill and protect the public's health,' she said. 'This place is
like a symbol of air pollution in Cleveland.' Because of its location,
the plant has more neighbors than any other steel mill in the country,
Buchanan said. The campaign will continue until changes are made, she
said. Volunteers leave one-page blue-and-white fliers with information
about the campaign," John Keener, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Jul 18: Mittal
Steel secures entry into Fortune 500
NEW DELHI, INDIA -- "Mittal Steel Company has been included for
the first time in Fortune Magazine's Global 500 list, the ranking of the
world's largest corporations. Mittal Steel is ranked the world's 253rd
largest company in terms of revenues ($22.2 billion) and 55th in terms
of profits ($4.7 billion), it said today. In its sector, Mittal Steel
ranked number 1 for profits, with a profit margin of 21 per cent. The
company was also ranked number 1 globally for the biggest increases in
revenues, the biggest increases in profits and the highest returns on
assets," Sify Finance.
Mittal Steel news from Jan-Jun
- Jun 2005, 2004