Jun 25: Neighbors of Mittal Steel Barbeque

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Jessica Brikey, James Chapelle, Stephanie Hume, and Ulysses Stokes are Baldwin Wallace College students living on Archwood Avenue this summer and interning with non-profits in Cleveland.

CLEVELAND -- "Marc Dorsey, Tremont resident and member of Neighbors of Mittal Steel, hosted neighbors from six Cleveland area cities last Thursday for a backyard barbeque and planning meeting at his home.  This summer the neighbors group will work to highlight the problems caused by soot and fine particle pollution from the steel mill.  The first action will be a neighborhood 'wipe down' in Tremont on Saturday, July 7.  If you would like to join Neighbors of Mittal Steel in their summer activities contact me at (216) 861-5200," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jun 22: EPA wants cleaner NE Ohio air

WASHINGTON -- "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday floated the idea of lowering allowable air concentrations of ozone, also known as 'smog,' which causes respiratory problems. Cleaner air and healthier lungs are the goal of the change, says EPA administrator Stephen L. Johnson. This could mean changing the way people drive and the way industry operates around Cleveland, since air tests in the area's counties show that none complies with the current standard - the one the EPA might make even stricter," Sabrina Eaton, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

CLEVELAND -- Cleveland steel mill is exporting to Europe, Overseas sale is first in five years, Peter Krouse, Cleveland Plain Dealer.


Jun 18: Mittal Steel, environmental group tangle over air quality in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- "An environmental watchdog group in Cleveland claims Mittal Steel Co. is illegally operating a blast furnace in Cleveland and polluting the air but Mittal Steel denies the allegation. Ohio Citizen Action, a Cleveland nonprofit, claims 'Mittal Steel has been running one of their blast furnaces at 145% of its scrubber capacity.' In papers filed with the Chicago office of the Environmental Protection Agency, it claims an alteration to the furnace in the 1990s that increased production on the furnace but didn't increase scrubber technology on the furnace, which minimizes emissions. It says that means 1.8 million pounds a year of particles Mittal hasn't been reporting to the Ohio EPA," Paul Glader, Wall Street Journal. Article originally published June 14. (subscription required)

Modifications and Changes in Emissions at Mittal Steel Cleveland Blast Furnace #5 , papers filed with the U.S. EPA by Ohio Citizen Action. (73 K doc.)

Request to Mittal Steel to provide information pursuant to the Clean Air Act, U.S. EPA. (1,564 K pdf.)

Jun 13: Ain't no cure for the summertime fumes
Mittal's polluting goes from bad to worse

CLEVELAND -- "Liz Ilg, Cleveland Program Director with the local activist group Ohio Citizen Action, says the news of more pollution coming from Mittal Steel is especially disconcerting now that summer is upon us and people are spending more time outside. According to Ilg, over 1,000 residents downwind of Mittal have placed signs in their yards that read: 'Mittal Steel: Clean Up for Real.' But she adds, 'Mittal's Cleveland managers have yet to respond to the signs or to meet with community members to discuss ways to begin solving the problem of air pollution shared by residents and the steel mill,'" James Renner, Cleveland Free Times.

Jun 11: Union attacks Mittal over Kazakh safety

LONDON -- "Arcelor Mittal’s safety performance at its Kazakhstan coalmines is a stain on the UK, one of Britain’s leading trade unions said yesterday after revelations over the weekend that 90 miners had been killed in the company’s operations in Kazakhstan since 2004. Unite said that the safety record and working conditions at the steel group’s Kazakh operations were shameful because of the close links that Lakshmi Mittal, its chief executive, has with the UK. Britain’s richest man, with a personal fortune of £19 billion, he has his office and home in London and has given millions of pounds to the Labour Party," Christine Buckley, London Sunday Times.

Jun 10: Miners face ‘suicide mission’ working for Mittal's empire
Lax safety lets scores die in Kazakh pits

SHAKHTINSK, KAZAKHSTAN -- "The exact sequence of events that led to the explosion in September 2006 at Lenina – which occurred during routine maintenance work on the ventilation system – is now the subject of a criminal investigation and a trial of eight middle-ranking managers on charges of negligence. It is one of a series of incidents at the Kazakh mines owned by Arcelor Mittal, the company headed by Lakshmi Mittal, Britain’s richest man with a fortune of £19 billion. They have cost the lives of 91 miners since 2004, raising concerns over safety standards," Mark Franchetti, Robert Winnett and Holly Watt , London Sunday Times.

LONDON -- Workers in Mittal`s mines allege hostile working conditions: Report, Zee News.


Jun 5: Fish-friendly bulkheads planned for Cuyahoga

CLEVELAND -- "A Cuyahoga County environmental group will receive $30,000 and Cleveland will get nearly an acre from a steel manufacturer to produce special test walls designed to help increase the fish population in the Cuyahoga River. Mittal Steel USA pledged the money Monday to the Cuyahoga River Remedial Action Plan to help create more environmentally friendly bulkheads, which will be placed at several sites along the river north of the Steelyard Commons shopping center," Stan Donaldson, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Mittal Steel's press release did not mention that its major contribution to the community is that the company polluted 3.1 million pounds more into Cleveland's air in 2006 than it did in 2005.

Jun 4: Mittal Steel should meet with neighbors

CLEVELAND -- "I have a sign in my front yard reminding passersby that Mittal still has some cleaning up to do. And you will always have some cleaning up to do until you have done all that you can to scrub the emissions that fall on neighbors, the lake, and when weather conditions are right, even PA and NY. I understand there has been some landscaping and other superficial, token attempts to allay those who have been asking for results. But really, Mr. Fedor, if you had any intention of being a good neighbor, you would meet with the people of the Tremont area and do all you can to implement their requests," Bob Kloos, member of Ohio Citizen Action.

Jun 1: Neighbors of Mittal Steel ride bikes for clean air

bike ride

CLEVELAND -- "The Mittal Steel Cleveland Works facility is the number one air polluter in Cuyahoga County (Source: Ohio EPA 2005 Title V Emissions Fee Report). The Cleveland plant has more residents within five miles of the facility than any other steel mill in the country, according to the U.S. EPA’s demographic data (Enforcement and Compliance History Online Database). Residents surrounding the steel mill continue to report rotten egg odors and metal flakes on their homes and cars," Cleveland Plain Press.

WASHINGTON -- "Satellites track human exposure to fine particle pollution," Terra Daily.

May 31: Air is bad in Northeast Ohio

AKRON -- "Northeast Ohio is under a double bad-air warning. Thursday's air in the Akron-Cleveland area will be unhealthy for children, senior citizens and anyone with respiratory problems... Particulate is a mixture of sulfate, nitrate, ammonia and hydrogen ions, along with carbon, metals, organic materials and soil dust. Such tiny particles are especially dangerous because people breathe them deeply into their lungs, and they can cause heart and breathing problems," Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal.

May 30: 'Green Scorpions' to probe for pollution at Mittal Steel plant

SOUTH AFRICA -- "Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism spokesperson Melissa Fourie said the inspection, to start yesterday, would be undertaken by environmental management inspectors (nicknamed the "Green Scorpions"); as well as officials from the Water Affairs and Forestry Department and the Sedibeng municipality. They are to check whether the steel company is complying with environmental law at its Vaal Triangle plant," South African Star.

SOUTH COATESVILLE, PA -- Fatal accident at steel plant being investigated, Two investigations are underway following an accident at the Mittal Steel plant in South Coatesville on Saturday night that killed a Lancaster County man and left two other workers hospitalized, Philadelphia Enquirer.

May 23: Mittal halts eviction of Vanderbijlpark families

VANDERBIJLPARK, SOUTH AFRICA -- "Steel giant, Mittal Steel South Africa, says they will not evict the remaining four families still living in Steel Valley in Vanderbijlpark. The Steel Valley community, which comprised more than 500 families has shrunk dramatically since the steel mill was developed in the 1950s. Mittal Steel bought most of the properties after residents complained about pollution in the area. The once thriving community now resembles a barren wasteland but today the remaining families remembered the community that once was and also vowed to fight back," SABC News.

asthmaMay 15: Mittal Steel Cleveland increases pollution in 2006

CLEVELAND -- Mittal Steel polluted 3.1 million pounds more into Cleveland's air in 2006 than it did in 2005, according to numbers the company reports to the Ohio EPA [Source: 2005 and 2006 Title V Emissions Fee Reports].  The Cleveland steel mill increased its sulfur dioxide emissions by 342,260 pounds from 1.4 million to 1.7 million pounds, and its fine particle pollution by 66,200 pounds from 806,680 to 872,880 pounds.  Sulfur dioxide constricts airways, inhibits breathing, and triggers asthma.  Fine particles cause heart and lung damage and aggravate asthma.  Mittal Steel also augmented its contribution to global warming with a 36,260 pound increase in nitrogen oxide emissions, Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.

May 11: Mittal campaign yard signs back up in Newburgh Heights

yard sign NEWBURGH HEIGHTS -- "Fourteen residents in the Village of Newburgh Heights put yard signs up at their homes last night that read, "Mittal Steel: Clean Up For Real."  The village's service employees had removed yard signs from residents' homes on April 13.  Al Anderson, a 13 year resident of Newburgh Heights, and Ohio Citizen Action filed a complaint in federal court on April 24, seeking to overturn Newburgh Heights’ ordinance restricting the placement of yard signs at residents’ homes.  Legal representatives for the Village of Newburgh Heights gave their permission to put yard signs back up this week.  The lawsuit is pending in the court of Judge James Gwin," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.

CLEVELAND -- Health officials seek volunteers for air-monitoring program, Michael Scott, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

May 9: Lawsuit seeks to overturn Newburgh Heights ordinance banning political yard signs

NEWBURGH HEIGHTS -- "Albert Anderson, a 13-year resident of Newburgh Heights, and Ohio Citizen Action, the state's largest environmental organization, Tuesday asked a federal court to overturn a Newburgh Heights ordinance restricting the placement of yard signs at residents' homes... The case arose, said an Ohio Citizen Action release, because Newburgh Heights removed yard signs from the homes of Anderson and other Newburgh Heights residents earlier this month without their permission," Neighborhood News. Published April 25, 2007.

May 8: Mittal eyes US-based AK Steel

LONDON -- "L N Mittal's Arcelor-Mittal is understood to be eyeing AK Steel, its smaller Ohio-based rival, reports a financial websites. The deal is likely to value AK, at as much as $40 per share, or just under $4.5 billion, said reports, without citing sources. AK Steel is seen as one of the last few potential targets in the global steel industry, and is a 100-year-old company originally called American Rolling Mills Corporation. Shares in AK jumped 3.5 per cent to $32 in New York on Monday as news of the impending deal appeared to leak," Sudeshna Sen, Economic Times, India.

LONDON -- AK Steel shares surge on report of bid, Associated Press, Houston Chronicle.


May 7: Neighbors of Mittal Steel community group reaches yard sign goal
1,000 Mittal neighbors post yards signs reading: "Mittal Steel: Clean Up for Real"

yard sign success CLEVELAND -- "Neighbors of Mittal Steel reached their goal of 1,000 yard signs over the weekend.  Residents of Akron, Avon, Avon Lake, Bainbridge Township, Bay Village, Beachwood, Bedford, Berea, Brook Park, Canal Fulton, Chagrin Falls, Cleveland, Cleveland Heights, Columbia Station, Elyria, Euclid, Fairview Park, Garfield Heights, Highland Heights, Independence, Lakewood, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mentor, Newburgh Heights, Newbury Township, North Olmsted, North Royalton, Northfield, Oberlin, Olmsted Falls, Parma, Pepper Pike, Rocky River, Seven Hills, Shaker Heights, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake, Solon, South Euclid, Stow, University Heights, Westlake, and Willoughby put 1,000 yard signs up at their homes and businesses that read, 'Mittal Steel: Clean Up For Real.' The yard sign drive started after the "Neighbors of Mittal Steel" community meeting on February 9.  Newburgh Heights is the only municipality that has removed the yard signs from residents' homes.  Al Anderson, a 13 year resident of Newburgh Heights, and Ohio Citizen Action filed a complaint in federal court to overturn the sign ordinance in Newburgh Heights on April 24, citing a First Amendment rights violation.  Special thanks to all the volunteers who helped to make this happen," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.

May 6: Northeast Ohio plans soot pollution early warning system

particulate matter
A magnification of particulate matter
CLEVELAND -- "Elevated levels of soot in the air, belched out by sputtering vehicles and industrial plants, have long plagued northeast Ohio. Now several agencies in the area are banding together to form an updated warning system that lets residents in seven counties know the day before when soot particles in the air are expected to exceed healthy levels. The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, which monitors air quality issues in the Greater Cleveland area, made the announcement Thursday as part of National Air Quality Awareness Week," Associated Press, Akron Beacon Journal.

May 3: Reduce pollution, reduce health risks

CLEVELAND -- "When we think about air pollution, we typically worry about smoggy skies and breathing trouble. As it turns out, however, breathing polluted air also increases the risk of heart attack and stroke, both leading causes of death in our country. Research has shown that extremely small particles called PM2.5, which are emitted by power plants, diesel engines, cars, trucks, and some natural sources, can embed themselves in the small airways of the lung and threaten our health," Ryan P Daly, M.D. and Brian Griffin, M.D., editorial, Cleveland Plain Dealer. Editorial originally published Tuesday, May 1.

May 1: Mittal Steel neighbors bike ride for clean air



CLEVELAND -- Fourteen Cleveland area neighbors set out on bikes Saturday morning for a 12-mile loop past Mittal Steel and Steelyard Commons. The tour was led by Brendan McNamara from Cleveland Bikes, a bike advocacy group in Cleveland. Many thanks to Mitch at Shaker Cycle for giving free bike tune-ups and lending bikes and helmets, along with Lucky's Cafe, The House of Cues, and Whole Foods for their food and beverage contributions.

Apr 26: Neighbors of Mittal Steel call on plant to reduce pollution

CLEVELAND -- "'Mittal Steel: Clean Up for Real' is the message posted on yard signs in neighborhoods in the southeast and southwest sides of Cleveland which border or are downwind of Cleveland’s largest air polluter. (The plant emitted 5.7 million pounds of toxic compounds in 2004, according to the U.S. EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory). Residents in the Tremont, Slavic Village and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods have joined with Ohio Citizen Action to form a new group called Neighbors of Mittal Steel. The group recently held a press conference and an Environmental Justice Forum to bring attention to the failure of Mittal Steel to install updated air pollution equipment at its Cleveland plants. The group hopes to pressure Mittal Steel to reduce levels of air pollution," Plain Press.

Apr 25: Cleveland Division of Air Quality launches opportunity for citizen testing


Vacuum canister used for air testing.

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Division of Air Quality announced a new program over Earth Day weekend to provide residents of Cuyahoga County the ability to test the air they're breathing with a vacuum canister. The program is modelled after the citizen testing available in Hamilton County. In its "good neighbor campaign" to get Mittal Steel to clean up, Ohio Citizen Action has been urging the Cleveland Division of Air Quality to provide methods for citizens living around Mittal and General Environmental Management to test the air when breathing foul odors or experiencing other pollution problems at their homes. 52 KB pdf.

Apr 25: Yard signs appear at Mittal Steel USA's Chicago headquarters on Earth Day

CLEVELAND -- Over Earth Day weekend, yard signs that read "Mittal Steel: Clean Up For Real," appeared at Mittal Steel's U.S. headquarters in Chicago. Mittal Steel USA CEO Michael Rippey has not yet responded to calls from about a dozen Cleveland area neighbors, who contacted him in March. The Clevelanders are asking Mr. Rippey to ensure that Cleveland Works plant manager Terry Fedor begins a productive working relationship with the plant's neighbors.

A special thanks to Tyler Malinky from A Step Above Signs for printing the Mittal Steel signs at cost value for the good neighbor campaign.

Apr 24: Village of Newburgh Heights violates First Amendment - removes Mittal Steel yard signs

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CLEVELAND -- "Albert Anderson, a 13 year resident of Newburgh Heights, and Ohio Citizen Action, the state’s largest environmental organization, today asked a federal court to overturn Newburgh Heights’ ordinance restricting the placement of yard signs at residents’ homes. The lawsuit cites violations of the First Amendment, and relies on a unanimous decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1994 protecting the rights of citizens to put up political yard signs (City of Ladue v. Gilleo, 512 43, 54 (1994)). The case was assigned to Judge James S. Gwin. The case has arisen because Newburgh Heights removed yard signs protesting Mittal Steel pollution from the homes of Mr. Anderson and other Newburgh Heights residents earlier this month without their permission," press release, Ohio Citizen Action.


Apr 23: Earth Day visitors ask Mittal Steel management to clean up

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CLEVELAND -- One hundred and twenty-four children, ages 22 months to 17 years dipped their hands in paint on Earth Day at the Cleveland Zoo to sign onto messages to Terry Fedor, Mittal Steel's Cleveland Plant Manager, Michael Rippey, Mittal's U.S. CEO, and Lakshmi Mittal, owner of Mittal Steel.  The notes say, "Your pollution hurts our lungs.  Please clean up!"  Along with the elderly and people with weak immune systems, children are most at risk to the health harms of fine particles and other pollutants Mittal Steel releases to the Cleveland air. 

Apr 13: Mittal Steel clean up for real yard signs

Mittal London office
Last weekend six yard signs appeared in Berkeley Square Park in Central London across from Lakshmi Mittal's office. Photos by D.S. Resch, Patrick Davis, and Liz Ilg.

CLEVELAND -- Almost 500 of Mittal Steel's neighbors have posted these signs in their yards. Cleveland's biggest polluter has more neighbors than any steel mill in the country - 390,000 men, women and children along with half of Clevaland's public schools reside within five miles of the facility. Special thanks to Tyler Malinky with A Step Above Signs for printing the signs at cost value.

Apr 5: Bike ride for clean air in Cleveland

CLEVELAND -- Join Neighbors of Mittal Steel and Ohio Citizen Action for a bike ride to benefit clean air in Cleveland on Saturday, April 28, 2007. Bike enthusiasts will meet at 10:00am at Lincoln Park in Tremont for a ride past Mittal Steel and Steelyard Commons. Riders are asked to raise $50 each from sponsors. The money raised will help pay for the 500 yard signs being put up around Cleveland to get Mittal Steel to clean up their pollution. For more information on the bike ride, if you would like a yard sign, or if you would like to make a financial contribution towards the yard signs, please contact Liz Ilg with Ohio Citizen Action at (216) 861-5200.
Click here for an entry form, 38 Kb pdf.

Apr 2: Queen responds to Lakshmi Mittal enquiry

royal crest LONDON, ENGLAND -- "Her majesty was interested to read your comments about the recent cash for honours enquiry, and I am forwarding your letter to the Office of the Prime Minister so that your approach to The Queen may be known," Mrs. Sonia Bonici, Buckingham Palace.

Sandy Buchanan letter to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, full text, February 6, 2007.


Mar 30: Poor air quality continues to harm region

2005 emissions
Annual emissions in tons per year. source: Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency

CLEVELAND -- "Good ideas for restarting Northeast Ohio's economy are abundant, including development of high-tech, biotech and the advanced energy sectors. But while these ideas have merit, we must remember that the area's economy continues to be driven by manufacturing. Right now, the manufacturing sector is getting unfairly squeezed by the prospect of higher compliance costs associated with improving air quality in the region," Joe Koncelik, Crain's Cleveland Business. No link; subscription required.

Facilities having the highest emissions of criteria pollutants in Cuyahoga county in 2005 map , Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, 101 kb .pdf

Mar 27: Cardiologist wants Mittal to clean up
Dr. Bahler
Robert C. Bahler, M.D.
Case Western Reserve University

CLEVELAND -- "As a cardiologist I am especially concerned with the cardiovascular risks from fine particulate air pollution.  This aspect of air pollution is not visible to the surrounding population since the particle size is less than 2.5 microns in diameter.  Recent data have shown that the relative risk of cardiovascular disease can be increased up to ten-fold as the exposure level to particulate matter increases to amounts that can be found near the source.  The population surrounding MetroHealth Medical Center is especially at an increased risk for cardiovascular disease in view of their proximity to Mittal Steel," Robert C. Bahler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University.

Mar 26: Neighbors bring flowers to Mittal plant manager

Fedor flowers

CLEVELAND -- "Neighbors of Mittal Steel Becca Riker from Tremont and Ina Roth from Old Brooklyn hand-delivered Mittal Steel's Plant Manager Terry Fedor an invitation to meet with a bouquet of flowers last Friday afternoon. The invitation was the fifth in the past two weeks extended by the Neighbors of Mittal Steel to Mr. Fedor," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.


Mar 23: Pollution concerns attract attention

Lois Gibbs
Lois Gibbs

CLEVELAND -- "The housewife who exposed the notorious Love Canal, NY toxic waste site in the 1970s and championed a law to clean up polluted sites was in Cleveland recently to meet with residents living next to the industrial Flats. Lois Gibbs, now director of the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, was brought to town by Ohio Citizen Action as part of its campaign against Mittal Steel, which it claims is Cleveland's biggest polluter," Ken Prendergast, West Side Sun News.

Mar 22: Neighbors bring Mittal Plant Manager invitation to meet, campaign handbook, and chocolates

CLEVELAND -- "Representing 'Neighbors of Mittal Steel,' Becca Riker from Tremont and I hand-delivered Mittal Steel's Plant Manager Terry Fedor an invitation to meet, a copy of Ohio Citizen Action's 'Good Neighbor Campaign Handbook: How to Win,' and a box of chocolates. Yesterday's invitation is the fourth in the past two weeks extended by the 'Neighbors of Mittal Steel' to Mr. Fedor," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.


Mar 16: Neighbors invite Mittal manager to meet

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Front: Liz Ilg, Brandon Milne, Jessica Kramer, Jessi Iagulli, Andy Bayliff, Ina Roth, Keith Binekey, Meg Alley. Back: Forrest Kilb, Becca Riker, Josh Durocher-Jones, Mark Biszantz, John Pollard, Kellie Hughes, Heather Spencer, Randy Crider, Patrick Davis, Stephen Gabor, Michelle Davis, Mike Fifelski, Denise Denham. Not Pictured: Donna Levandowski, Ray German, Evan Linger.

CLEVELAND -- "For the third time this week, Cleveland-area residents visited Mittal Plant Manager Terry Fedor's office to invite him to meet.  As a reminder of the breathing problems caused by Mittal's air pollution, twenty-four neighbors delivered 681 drinking straws. By breathing through the straws, Mr. Fedor can experience what it is like to have asthma. The group also delivered a bag of asthma inhalers and two boxes full of plastic containers used in breathing machines for the children in the neighborhood," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.
March 12 letter to Terry Fedor
March 14 letter to Terry Fedor
March 16 letter to Terry Fedor

Mar 14: Citizens call for stricter pollution controls


Donna Levandowski complains of soot covering her home on Independence Road and migraines caused by pollution from Mittal Steel.

CLEVELAND -- "Yard signs are popping up around the Cleveland neighborhoods of Tremont and Forest City calling on Mittal Steel to 'Clean Up For Real.' As ideastream's Lisa Ann Pinkerton reports, the campaign for stricter pollution controls is generating some national attention," Lisa Ann Pinkerton, WCPN.
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Mar 12: Neighbors protest Mittal pollution

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Bottom: Heather Spencer, Sara Woodson, Brandon Milne, Jessica Metcalf
Top: Jared Bogdan, Ina Roth, Kellie Hughes, Becca Cofey, Forrest Kilb, Jessi Iagulli
Not Pictured: Christa Ebert, Angela Ilg, Elizabeth Ilg, Ryan Halterman


CLEVELAND -- Neighbors of Mittal Steel have put up 250 yard signs to protest the pollution from the steel mill and increase citizen pressure to get them to clean up. The newly-formed network of neighbors from Slavic Village, Tremont, Old Brooklyn, Ohio City, and Central have raised money for the yard signs and started putting them up at homes around the mill this week Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action's Cleveland Program Director, at (216) 861-5200.

Mar 8: 'Mittal Steel clean up for real' yard sign fundraiser

BiancaCLEVELAND -- Many thanks to the volunteers and patrons at the Mittal Steel Mutt Wash this past weekend. We washed 32 dogs and raised over half the money to pay for yard signs that protest Mittal Steel pollution. Special thanks to Becca Riker and her staff at the Mutt Hutt for hosting this event, and to the Pink Poodle Boutique for donating shampoo. If you would like a yard sign or would like to make a contribution to help fund them, please contact Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action's Cleveland Program director at (216) 861-5200.
More photos from the Mutt Wash

Mar 6: Neighbors of Mittal Steel community meeting March 14

CLEVELAND -- Neighbors of Mittal Steel are putting yard signs up at homes around Mittal to protest air pollution from the mill and increase citizen pressure. It’s time to form a united community effort that the company cannot ignore. Come to share your input and to get involved. For questions please call Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action Cleveland Program Director at 216.861.5200.

Mar 1 : Mittal plant manager: "A myopic focus on our factory won’t solve the problem"

CLEVELAND -- "As a health care professional, you should be aware that most of the environmental effects you complain of originate outside the city, outside the state and outside the country... and from motor vehicles... and from power plants. The odors about which neighbors have complained near I-77 and I-490 do not come from our facility but from other nearby industrial sites. That doesn't make them any less real, but a myopic focus on our factory won't solve the problem," Terry Fedor, General Manager of Mittal Steel Cleveland, letter to Jane Durocher-Jones.

Feb 27: Doctors want Mittal Steel to clean up

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CLEVELAND -- "In the last 20 years, we have seen a dramatic rise in asthma and asthma deaths in both children and adults. Scientific studies have clearly documented that death rates from these conditions increase as air pollution increases. Mittal Steel sits in the heart of one of the oldest communities in Cleveland with more than 390,000 men, women, and children," Ann Reichsman MD, Jan Maiocco CNP, Heather Ways MD, Anne Wise MD, Erick Kauffman MD, Sean Machanda MD, Roberto Lebron MD, Natalia Parkanzky CNP, Neighborhood Family Practice.


Including Neighborhood Family Practice, 100 medical professionals have written to Terry Fedor, Plant Manager at Mittal Steel, urging him to take immediate action to decrease air pollution from the Cleveland mill.

Feb 23: Mutt-wash fundraiser on March 3

CLEVELAND -- Stop in at the Mutt Hutt in Tremont at 2603 Scranton Road anytime between 9 AM and noon and bring your dirty mutt for a clean up to benefit clean air in Cleveland. Suggested donation is $10/per dog. Proceeds benefit the Good Neighbor Campaign orchestrated by 'The Neighbors of Mittal Steel' and Ohio Citizen Action. The funds collected will help facilitate a yard sign initiative to generate awareness for the campaign and assist the grassroots efforts of nearly 400,000 residents affected by the pollution problems associated with Mittal Steel.

Feb 22: 79 medical professionals write to Mittal Steel

CLEVELAND -- "Dear Mr. Fedor, As a long time Pediatrician, I am writing to you with my concerns about the excess air pollution that is occurring from your Cleveland steel plant. At the present time Asthma is the number one cause for children's hospital admissions. Asthma is compounded by air pollution. True, your pollution is only one factor contributing to this problem, but I feel it my duty as one who can speak out for the children that I ask that you take action to reduce the air pollution from your plant I ask that you take urgent action to reduce the excess air pollution that your plant produces. I certainly would appreciate your efforts to reduce this pollution," John E. Bloom MD FAAP.

Including Dr. Bloom, 79 medical professionals have written to Terry Fedor, Plant Manager at Mittal Steel, urging him to take immediate action to decrease air pollution from the Cleveland mill.

Feb 21: Hydrogen sulfide found in child's bedroom near Mittal Steel

CLEVELAND -- "As you know, residents living near Mittal Steel have been complaining of rotten egg odors in Slavic Village, Tremont, and Old Brooklyn. Arlene and Jeff Green, Mittal’s neighbors on Independence Road, have reported these odors to have worsened and started getting into their home since November 2006. For this reason Mrs. Green took an air sample inside her home on January 22, 2007... The Columbia Analytical Services laboratory analyzed the air sample and found hydrogen sulfide, a pollutant caused by iron smelting," letter to Mittal Plant Manager Terry Fedor from Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action.

Feb 13: Three Mittal Steel workers die from gas

ZENICA, BOSNIA -- "Three workers lost their lives this morning in the drives of the Mittal Steel factory in Zenica, most likely of argon gas poisoning. The attendant doctor of the Kanton hospital Zenica Emergency room, dr. Ermin Ruscukic, said the three middle-aged workers were brought in between 9:20 and 9:30 this morning, without any vital signs, the sarajevo-x.com web-site reports," Javno.com.


Feb 9: Residents form new group: 'Neighbors of Mittal Steel'


Counter-clockwise from the front: Ralph Myers, Mark Granakis, Liz Ilg, Deane Malaker, John Skrha, Ron Joranko, Kendra Ulrich, Ina Roth, Kim Foreman, Sue Cochran, Judith Pindell.

CLEVELAND -- Residents of five neighborhoods surrounding the Mittal Steel Cleveland Works facility met on Wednesday to form a new clean air network they call “Neighbors of Mittal Steel.”  The neighbors group is planning to put yard signs throughout these fence line communities to protest air pollution from the mill  and increase citizen pressure to get Mittal Steel to clean up.  The group will meet again on Wednesday, March 14, 2007 at Alexia Manor, 5125 Hector Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44127.

Feb 8: Cleveland may not get Steelyard's tax millions
Big-box retailers receiving 10-year abatements from Ohio

CLEVELAND -- "The state automatically grants the 10-year tax break to a property owner who successfully completes a voluntary environmental cleanup on his site and receives a document called a Covenant Not to Sue. The document protects the property owner from legal action by the state if an environmental problem is discovered later. Schneider said he needs this legal protection to secure bank and other loans to develop the former industrial site," Susan Vinella, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Feb 7: Members of the medical community:
Take action on Mittal's pollution


photo by David I. Andersen/The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND -- Health care professionals throughout Northeast Ohio are writing to Terry Fedor, Plant Manager at Mittal Steel's Cleveland Works, urging him to prevent dangerous air pollution from the mill. Northeast Ohio neighbors have sent Mittal Steel's Cleveland management 25,600 personal letters and petitions urging them to take immediate action to reduce their asthma and cancer linked pollution. None of Mittal's decision makers have responded. Now the medical community is getting involved to help solve one of the most serious environmental health problems facing Clevelanders.
Email Mittal Plant Manager Terry Fedor

Feb 6: Citizen Action offers to testify before UK House of Lords Commission on Mittal Steel pollution

Tony Blair

His government paralyzed by a "cash-for-honours" scandal, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is now reportedly considering how to give a seat in the House of Lords to Labour Party patron Lakshmi Mittal, Chairman of Mittal Steel.

CLEVELAND -- "Your Commission may soon be required to vet Lakshmi Mittal for a seat in the House of Lords. Our interest is that many of our members are neighbors of Mittal Steel’s massive Cleveland Works, and are suffering from his negligence. . . .I will not address here the issue of whether a quid pro quo is involved in Mr. Blair’s consideration of Mr. Mittal for a seat in the House of Lords. I presume you will have plenty of evidence on that from the local news media and law enforcement authorities. I bring to your attention his behavior as a businessman," letter, Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action, to Lord Stevenson of Coddenham, CBE, Chairman, House of Lords Appointments Commission, February 6, 2007.

Jan 25: Mittal Steel refuses to meet to discuss Citizens' Audit

CLEVELAND -- "Mittal Steel USA - Cleveland actively meets with and engages its neighbors and local groups who work to improve our community through reasonable, positive dialogue and effective projects that help the community. We count as our partners numerous well-respected organizations that work with us on productive projects that as a priority benefit the community. Unfortunately, your actions and those of Ohio Citizen Action indicate that such a priority has been at best misplaced within your organization. For that reason, we believe that no productive results would come from a meeting with you or Ohio Citzen Action," Charles Glazer, Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Mittal Steel USA.

Jan 22: Community meeting to form clean air group

CLEVELAND -- "Northeast Ohio neighbors have sent 24,500 personal letters and petitions asking Mittal Steel to fix the problems.  Mittal’s decision makers have not responded.  It’s time to form a united community effort that the company cannot ignore.  Come to share your input and to get involved. The meeting will be held in the community room at Alexia Manor.  Alexia Manor is located at 5125 Hector Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio, 44127," Liz Ilg , Ohio Citizen Action.

Jan 14: Orissa farmers rise against Mittal

BHUBANESHWAR, INDIA -- "Mittal Steel’s project along-with South Korea's POSCO are being touted as the biggest investment that the Orissa government is welcoming with open arms. But the projects being placed on multi-crop land has stirred farmers rage for whom the land is their only source of earning. 'We will not allow Mittal steel to come up here. We will not give away our lands as they are our only source of livelihood,' Keonjhar farmer Phulamani said," Jajati Karan, CNN IBN News.

Jan 12: Local TV news:
Citizens' Audit of Mittal Steel video clip


CLEVELAND -- Originally broadcast January 4, 2007 at 5 p.m., WOIO Channel 19 News.

Jan 11: Mittal plans $26 million upgrade

GARY, IN -- "Improvements at Indiana Harbor and Burns Harbor are part of $58 million in construction projects Mittal has outlined for 2007 for its plants in the United States. The company also plans $30 million in improvements to the blast furnaces at its Cleveland facility and a $2 million conveyor to prevent damage to steel coils moving through the company's Lackawanna, Pa., plant, according to the company," Steve Walsh, Gary Post-Tribune.

archbishop logoJan 10: Archbishop of Canterbury responds to Mittal campaign

LONDON, ENGLAND -- "The environment is an issue that the Archbishop takes very seriously... I am copying your correspondence and that of your fellow correspondents to Claire Foster, who is lead Policy Officer for Environmental Issues, within the Church of England. She may be able to advise further, if there are avenues that can be explored to help raise the profile of what, I appreciate, must be a very worrying situation for you and your fellow residents," Richard Chapman , The Archbishop of Canterbury's Deputy Secretary for Public Affairs. 109 kb pdf.

CLEVELAND -- Letter to Archbishop of Canterbury, Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action. 27 Kb doc


Jan 8: CITIZEN ACTION:
Open letter to Lakshmi Mittal

CLEVELAND -- "Mr. Allen repeats how 'clean' the plant is, and how 'very, very good' it is and how its emissions meet 'today’s tough standards.' These comments fly in the face of a key finding of the citizens’ audit: that neither Mittal, nor the neighbors, nor the state or federal EPAs have any idea how much pollution the Cleveland Works is putting out. That is because Mittal Steel is not measuring the pollution from its Cleveland blast furnaces -- the facility’s biggest sources of fine and coarse particle pollution, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and organic chemicals," Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action. 31 kb doc.

CHICAGO -- Facts about the Cleveland environment, January 2007, David C. Allen, Corporate Communications Manager, Mittal Steel, Chicago. 34 kb doc.

CLEVELAND -- Community Newsletter, Mittal Steel USA Inc. 552 Kb pdf.


Jan 4: Citizen Action faults Mittal pollution report

"If it's on our houses, you can be sure it's in our lungs," said Ina Roth, an Old Brooklyn resident who sat in on interviews Tuesday with Ilg.

CLEVELAND -- "A citizens group on Tuesday accused Mittal Steel of using a loophole in federal air pollution reporting rules to cover up actual toxic releases from its Cleveland Works. 'This is a steel company that is in a position to be a real leader in reducing emissions, but instead it chooses to deliberately blur information about those pollution levels,' said Liz Ilg, Cleveland program director for Ohio Citizen Action. 'But ignoring pollution doesn't make it go away," Michael Scott, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

CLEVELAND -- Mittal cover-up is alleged, Ken Prendergast, West Side Sun News.

CLEVELAND -- Mittal's emissions questioned , David Bennett, Crain's Cleveland Business.

CLEVELAND -- Advocacy group says Mittal does not comply, A new report by the environmental advocacy group Ohio Citizen Action says Mittal Steel is failing to report actual pollution emissions coming from it's Cleveland mill, Lisa Ann Pinkerton, WCPN.

Jan 3: Citizens Audit says Mittal Steel covers up pollution


Mittal neighbors Denise Denham and Donna Levandowski say their children all have pollution-related health problems.

CLEVELAND -- "Mittal Steel Cleveland is using 'smoke and mirrors' to cover up its pollution, according to a citizens audit released today by Ohio Citizen Action. Among the key methods in Mittal Steel’s 'playbook,' according to the audit, is simply not to measure pollution from its blast furnaces -- the facility’s biggest sources of fine and coarse particle pollution, sulfur dioxide, carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and organic chemicals. Instead, the group maintains, Mittal Steel reports the pollution from its blast furnaces using historic average 'emissions factors' of a sample of other steel plants, all of which have better control equipment than Mittal’s Cleveland Works," press release, Ohio Citizen Action. 30 Kb doc.


Jan 1, 2007: Agency studies soot issue
Panel searches for ways to help region comply with new federal limits

CLEVELAND -- "a Cleveland-based planning agency begins its study of how to comply with new federal limits on soot, the tiny particulate that is a threat to public health... Particulate is an ever-changing mixture of sulfate, nitrate, ammonia and hydrogen ions, along with carbon (soot), metals, organic materials and soil dust. Such particles are especially dangerous because people breathe them deep into their lungs. Soot also contributes to smog and acid rain. The major sources of soot, a year-round problem, are emissions from Ohio's coal-burning power plants, smokestack industries and vehicles," Bob Downing, Akron Beacon Journal.



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