Jun 30: Letter from the Village of Richfield Mayor to Mittal Steel

VILLAGE OF RICHFIELD -- "I am writing this letter on behalf of the many concerned citizen residents of the greater Cleveland area who are affected by pollution from the Cleveland Arcelor Mittal Steel plant. This letter is prompted by many requests I have received from my constituents. I would encourage you to take an open, proactive approach to the mitigation of the pollution from the Cleveland Plant," Michael K. Lyons, Mayor, Village of Richfield. 29 Kb doc.

Jun 27: People sick of ArcelorMittal’s pollution

ArcelorMittal Vanderbijlpark Steelworks

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA -- "Vaal residents protested outside the offices of ArcelorMittal this afternoon, claiming that pollution generated by the steel giant was causing them to become ill. They handed a memorandum to board member Thami Dikiza at the company’s head office in Vanderbijlpark, south of Johannesburg. Thabiso Radebe, an office bearer of the South African Communist Party, said 'many residents are sick' as a result of extensive air and groundwater pollution. 'They suffer from chronic respiratory diseases.' Residents of shack settlements and smallholdings, who joined the protest, claim their neighbourhood is still being used as a dump-site by the steel giant," Victor Khupiso, Johannesburg Times.

Jun 26: Terrible magnate

Sunita Dubey
BOSTON, MA -- "On May 13, individuals and groups from from Kazakhstan, Czech Republic, South Africa, Romania and the United States gathered at Luxembourg for ArcelorMittal’s annual general meeting with a long list of complaints against the world’s largest steel company. Charges of pollution, a bad safety record, forceful eviction and little or no information sharing with communities rent the air as ArcelorMittal’s directors began taking stock of the company’s fortunes," Sunita Dubey, Groundwork USA.

Jun 23: Steel tycoon buys third property on Billionaire's Row

LONDON, UK -- "Lakshmi Mittal, Britain's richest man and a prominent Labour Party donor, has bought his third property in London's most expensive street for £70 million. The steel tycoon, whose fortune is estimated at £27 billion, already owns two large homes in Kensington Palace Gardens, where Princess Diana spent her last years. It has now emerged that the Mittal family has bought another home on the street - nicknamed 'Billionaire's Row' - from the Crown Estate. The purchase comes just a month after the 58-year-old bought Britain's most expensive home for £117 million,"Mira Bar-Hillel, Evening Standard.

Jun 20: "It is clear that there are no Mittal officials in the United States with the authority to talk"

Michel Wurth, ArcelorMittal Board Member
CLEVELAND -- "We have seen other companies in Ohio engage in constructive dialogue with communities at the local level to resolve pollution problems at a facility. I agree that this is an effective approach to working out these problems. However, as we demonstrated in the memo attached to our letter to you dated June 5, the Cleveland neighbors continue to invite Mittal officials in Cleveland and Chicago to meet and it is clear that there are no Mittal officials in the United States with the authority to talk. I look forward to your reply to my letter of June 5," letter from Liz Ilg, Cleveland Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action, to Michel Wurth, Board Member, ArcelorMittal, 29 KB doc.

Jun 19: ArcelorMittal promises to "further elaborate" >

Gonzalo Uruquijo, ArcelorMittal Board Member
LUXEMBOURG, LUXEMBOURG -- "With respect to your specific comments concerning some of the sites mention[ed] in the document dated 13 May named 'Global Action on ArcelorMittal,' we intend to revert to you with a consolidated global answer to the points you have raised. We would then welcome an opportunity to discuss our responses with you in the spirit of transparency, fairness and ongoing dialogue with our stakeholders. This will allow us to further elaborate upon our existing initiatives and programs to address the issues you have raised in further detail. For example, we believe that there are several instances where you may not have received all the relevant information to make a fully informed judgment about our operations.

We look forward to establishing a constructive dialogue with your respective groups of NGO's [non-governmental organizations] at international level but we share your views with respect to the need for an open dialogue at local level. We very much encourage our sites to participate in such dialogue with our stakeholders and local communities," letter from Gonzalo Urquijo, Michel Wurth, ArcelorMittal, to Blanche Weber, Sunita Dubey, Friends of the Earth Luxembourg, on behalf of Global Action on ArcelorMittal, of which Ohio Citizen Action is a member, 688 KB pdf.
  • Letter from Blanche Weber, Sunita Dubey, Friends of the Earth Luxembourg, on behalf of Global Action on ArcelorMittal to Michel Wurth, Board Member, ArcelorMittal, May 20, 2008, 56 KB doc.
Jun 18: ArcelorMittal's first virtual shareholder's meeting

CLEVELAND -- "I attended ArcelorMittal's first virtual shareholder's meeting yesterday in Second Life. I was hoping to ask Mr. Mittal what his plans for investing in pollution controls at the Cleveland Works facility are. Unfortunately, the company did not plan the event well and so I was unable to hear or see the presentation let alone ask my question. As ArcelorMittal continues its foray into the virtual world I hope they keep in mind their real world pollution," Chris Martin, phone canvasser, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jun 17: VIDEO
Mittal Steel: Clean Up for Real

Part one of three

Watch the entire documentary

Jun 17: This morning I saw a huge orangey brown cloud coming from Mittal Steel

CLEVELAND -- "At 10:45 this morning I looked out the window from my office desk in downtown Cleveland and saw a huge orangey brown cloud coming from Mittal Steel.  The haze seemed to be coming from somewhere within the plant not from the stacks but reached up to them. I called the Cleveland Division of Air quality and left a message reporting what I saw," Christa Ebert, neighbor of Mittal Steel on West 28th St., Office Manager, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jun 11: ArcelorMittal to buy European mill

CLEVELAND -- "ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steel maker, plans to take over Bulgarian producer Kremikovtzi AD, after it is declared insolvent, and invest $650 million to meet European Union anti-pollution rules. ArcelorMittal made the proposal in a letter to the government, said Volker Schwich, vice president of projects for Central and Eastern Europe, in an interview Tuesday," Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jun 10: Mittal Steel: Clean Up for Real, the Documentary

Asthma inhaler art by Dave Guativa

CLEVELAND -- "On Friday, June 6, 175 Cleveland area neighbors gathered at the Museum of Contemporary Art for the premier viewing of 'Mittal Steel: Clean Up for Real, the Documentary.'  The screening of this short documentary film about Mittal Steel, Cleveland's biggest polluter, was followed by a question and answer session where people could speak their mind on the topic.  The film runs 19 minutes and 30 seconds and will be available on our website for viewing.  If you would like a copy of the documentary mailed to you, please call me at 216.861.5200 or email me with your address," Liz Ilg, Cleveland area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action
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Jun 9: ArcelorMittal team forced to return from project site in Jharkhand

Vijay Bhatnagar, CEO of ArcelorMittal India
JHARKHAND, India -- "Economic Times reported that ArcelorMittal's proposed 12 million tonnes steel project in Jharkhand seems to have run into trouble as a company team comprising of Mr Vijay Bhatnagar CEO for India, Mr Sanka Mishra CEO of Jharkhand & Orissa projects and Mr PS Prasad GM technical of ArcelorMittal has been made to retreat from the survey work after protests by a local group. According to Torpa Block Development Officer Mr RB Singh, around 500 people of Rania, Karra, Torpa, Kamdara and Basia blocks in Jharkhand's Khunti and Gumla districts, under the banner of Adivasi Moolvasi Astitva Rakhya Manch, forced the 6 member ArcelorMittal team to retreat," SteelGuru.

Jun 6: ArcelorMittal board member invites dialogue
Ohio Citizen Action accepts

Michel Wurth
Michel Wurth, ArcelorMittal Group Management Board Member.

CLEVELAND -- "In the spirit of your statements, we are ready to begin talks with ArcelorMittal on what can be done to protect the health and safety of the 392,000 people who live within five miles of the Cleveland mill. Over the years, it has become clear to us that no ArcelorMittal official in Cleveland or anywhere else in North America has the authority to conduct such talks. I have attached a memo containing the evidence supporting this conclusion. Every company can decide for itself how it distributes authority internally, of course, and it is apparent that in ArcelorMittal, the people with the necessary authority for such talks are in London or Luxembourg. Accordingly, we invite you or another ArcelorMittal decisionmaker from London or Luxembourg to meet with us without preconditions," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

LUXEMBOURG -- La réponse de Michel Wurth: ArcelorMittal se dit ouvert au dialogue et à la transperance, La Voix. Article published May 14, 2008.

English translation of La Voix article

Jun 5: Dr. Joseph and Betts Skrha
Members of the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group from the North Broadway neighborhood

Betts SkrhaDr. Skrha

CLEVELAND -- "Joe and Betts Skrha have lived on Broadway Avenue in the North Broadway neighborhood for 54 years.  Both had careers in the medical field.  In a conversation about Mittal Steel, Betts and Joe say, 'We're very unhappy with Mittal Steel because they keep polluting without thinking about the outcome.  Air pollution is the biggest problem from the mill.'  Betts and Joe explain, 'In the last few months we have observed it getting worse.'  Betts says, 'There are times when five chimneys are pouring out smoke at the same time.'  Betts and Joe believe their neighborhood is filled with really good people who take care of where they live," Kathy Hart, volunteer, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jun 3: Documentary release - Mittal Steel: Clean up for real

CLEVELAND -- "Please join Ohio Citizen Action and Neighbors of Mittal Steel this Friday, June 6, at 7 pm at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) to celebrate the release of a short documentary film on Mittal Steel in Cleveland.  Come to hear what Mittal Steel's neighbors have to say about why Mittal should invest in Cleveland and become a leader in preventing pollution.  The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 8501 Carnegie Ave in Cleveland (directions).  For more information call me at 216.861.5200 or email me at lilg@ohiocitizen.org," Liz Ilg, Cleveland area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

OLD BROOKLYN -- Arcelor Mittal Steel in the public eye again , Lucille Johnson, Old Brooklyn News.

ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- ArcelorMittal: Trapped miners may be dead, Peter Leonard, Forbes.

Jun 2: Steel plant strongly committed to neighbors

Terry Fedor, General Manager of ArcelorMittal Cleveland
CLEVELAND -- "ArcelorMittal Cleveland is committed to environmental excellence and community engagement, contrary to an individual's allegation in a recent Associated Press story, 'Environmental activists target ArcelorMittal' (May 14). Since 2002, we have spent $156 million to comply with state and federal environmental regulations. In fact, our control systems of particulate matter average only 31 percent of the levels permitted under U.S. EPA standards. Particulate matter in the area surrounding the plant, as measured by the city of Cleveland, continues to decline," Terry Fedor, General Manager of ArcelorMittal Cleveland, letter to the editor, Cleveland Plain Dealer. Published May 31.

May 30: ArcelorMittal community newsletter
ArcelorMittal recognized for energy, environmental leadership

CLEVELAND -- "ArcelorMittal Cleveland's commitments to sustainability were recently acknowledged with two major recognitions that ultimately provide benefit to our neighbors as well as to the plant and our employees... 'These recognitions are the fruits of several years of hard work to make our plant friendlier to the environment and a better neighbor,' said Terry Fedor, general manager of ArcelorMittal Cleveland. 'Our mission is to be a leader in our industry. We must respect the environment along the way,'" ArcelorMittal Cleveland.

May 27: Letters to Mittal Steel from Lincoln West High School

CLEVELAND -- "Hi, my name is Angelica, I go to Lincoln West High School. I'm writing in concern of the pollution that is coming from Mittal Steel. With all this pollution my asthma has been out of control. I have been in the hospital six times in the last year. I have to do breathing treaments several times a day. Why don't you start thinking about the community? when I go to the steel yard all I see is black air. A lot of teens like me would like to live our lives. But with all this pollution we are not going far," Angelica, Lincoln West High School.

May 27: Protest clouds Mittal event

KOLKATA, India -- "Residents to be affected by ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Patna tehsil today staged a dharna in front of the district collector’s office where a consultative workshop organised by the UK-based company on 'Roadmap of corporate social responsibilities activities' was being held. 'Mittal go back, we don’t want displacement,' shouted activists of Mittal Pratirodh Manch and All India Krishak Khet Mazdoor Sangh, who have been opposing the steel project. 'We will not allow the plant to come up on agricultural land. We are ready to face bullet,' said Muralidhar Sardar," The Telegraph.

MADRAS, India -- Mittal seeks to allay villagers’ fears, Satyasundar Barik, The Hindu.

May 26: Lakshmi Mittal to pay £117m for Britain's priciest home

The entrance to the so-called billionaires row at Kensington Palace Gardens

LONDON, UK -- "A neo-Georgian house on the so-called Billionaire's Boulevard in London is to become Britain's most expensive when it is bought by the steel industrialist Lakshmi Mittal for £117 million ($230 million). Mr Mittal, Britain's richest man, is understood to be in negotiations to buy the property in Kensington Palace Gardens, one of the most prestigious addresses in London. When the deal goes through, the house will be the magnate's second property in the tree-lined private avenue near the Royal residence that was home to Diana, Princess of Wales," Tom Peterkin, The Telegraph. Published May 24.

NEW DELHI, India -- Mittal to acquire £117 million London home to keep family near, Madhurima Banerjee, International Business Times. Published May 24.

May 26: Orissa villagers resist ArcelorMittal steel project

BHUBANESWAR, India -- "After Aditya Birla Group, Vedanta Aluminium Limited, Tata Steel and POSCO-India, it is now the turn of global steel giant ArcelorMittal to face opposition from the villagers facing displacement by its proposed 12 million tonne capacity mega steel project in Orissa's Keonjhar district. It was for the second day on Monday that residents from as many as 17 villages from Patna area of the district staged a protest demonstration to oppose the steel venture," Kalinga Times.

BANGALORE, India -- Will Mittal Steel be a raw deal for Orissa?, "With Mittal Steel moving into India, it becomes even more important to look at the firm's poor environmental and social track record around the world in its rise to become the world's largest steel maker," Sunita Dubey, India Together. Published August 8, 2007.

May 23: First photos from founding of world neighbor network: Global Action on ArcelorMittal

Press conference

Dana Sadykova, Karaganda Ecological Museum, Kazakhstan, speaks about pollution problems and worker deaths from Mittal Steel's mill and coal mines in her country. To her left is Samson Mokoena, Vaal Environmental Justice Alliance, South Africa.

CLEVELAND -- "Last week Phil Pavarinni, from the Tremont neighborhood next to ArcelorMittal Steel in Cleveland, and I traveled to Luxembourg to attend the May 13 annual shareholders meeting of ArcelorMittal. We met with neighbors of ArcelorMittal plants from around the world and formed a new group called 'Global Action on ArcelorMittal'. The group includes people from the Czech Republic, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Romania, India, and the United States. Leading up to our meeting in Luxembourg we produced a joint report on ArcelorMittal's pollution record, which we handed out at a press conference and at ArcelorMittal's annual shareholders meeting. The group met with Michel Wurth, an ArcelorMittal board member, and later with Claude Turmes, Vice Chairman of the Group of Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament. Global Action on ArcelorMittal plans to expand its membership to include neighbors from other nations, share information, and launch a website," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

May 22: News from two Mittal neighborhoods:
Drawing of a shrugMittal officials insist they cannot hear the jet engine noise coming from their own Cleveland Works

CLEVELAND -- "I got a call from Mittal Steel yesterday. He told me that Tom Krizman retired and he was calling back for him. He said he was following up on my complaint from May 17. He said he gave strict orders to his guards that they're not allowed to take anymore calls at the security gate from my phone number. The number at the gates is for emergencies only. Neighbors are supposed to call the good neighbor hotline and someone will call back on the next business day. He said he followed up on the last noise complaint and he said there was no noise recorded to match up with the complaint. I said I'm so sick of Mittal Steel telling the neighbors that we're wrong and they're right. I heard the noise and saw the black smoke myself. I wouldn't be complaining if it wasn't there. At that time of night I would be sleeping instead of wasting my time. I am so fed up with them. They should come up here and be a neighbor for a while," Donna Levandowski, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Independence Rd., leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Meanwhile, in London:
Hedge fund mogul set to sell London mansion for record-breaking £117m [$231 million]

KENSINGTON, LONDON, ENGLAND -- "Property sources told The Times that the family of Lakshmi Mittal, the billionaire steel magnate and Britain’s richest man, had made an approach for Mr [Noam] Gottesman’s home, which is next door to the Israeli Embassy. Mr Mittal’s son Aditya, 32, has been searching for a London house of his own over the past few months but wants to stay near his family. Mr Mittal lives in Kensington Palace Gardens, having paid £57 million in 2004 to buy the house from Bernie Ecclestone, the Formula One chief," James Rossiter, Times of London.

May 20: Full throttle for super, mega and giga yachts

The Amevi, owned By Lakshmi Mittal

SYDNEY, Australia -- "The head of Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal, Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal made his fortune in steel and spent it on steel, too, in the form of a 262', US$198.5 million superyacht. The Amevi, launched last year, boasts a swimming pool, a helipad, a gym and room for 12 guests. Lakshmi and Roman are just two of the multi-millionaires and billionaires from emerging markets who are snapping up superyachts," Jeni Bone, Marine Business News. Published May19.

May 19: Area steel mills are hot again; where demand is greatest
Weak dollar, strong demand drive up prices, production levels

CLEVELAND -- "The former LTV Corp. plant along the Cuyahoga River is running flat out. Last year, the mill produced 2.5 million tons of steel. This year, it's slated to hit 3 million tons, said Terry Fedor, general manager of the Cleveland mill as well as rolling mills in Weirton, W.Va., and Lackawanna, N.Y., and coke ovens in Warren. 'I think a lot of it has to do with the weak dollar,' he said. The dollar has kept imports at bay, providing more opportunity for domestic mills. Also, some of the plant's customers are exporting more, Fedor said," Peter Krouse, Cleveland Plain Dealer. Published May18.

CLEVELAND -- Did ArcelorMittal Steel ever plant native flowers, trees and shrubs to green up the steel valley?, "Environmental activists have argued that ArcelorMittal - the world's largest steel company - still has much to do in the way of cleaning up the air coming from its stacks. Still, the native greenery sprouting up so far represents one green promise that is coming to fruition - even if only on a fraction of the mill's 1,000-acre property," Michael Scott, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

May 16: Kids, do you or someone you know have asthma?

coloring book kid CLEVELAND -- "Get involved in this good neighbor campaign. Read and color, Sarah and James: Can Dragons Be Good Neighbors?  Learn how two kids convince a dirty dragon to clean up and be a better neighbor to their community. Then, write your own letters to Mittal Steel's local plant manager, Terry Fedor, asking him to do the same. Send us a copy, and we may post it on our website. Thank you and have fun. To get a free copy email Jessica Kramer or attend the Hessler Street Fair this weekend.  Please include your name and your mailing address in the email.  Please allow one week for the book to arrive," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

May 15: ArcelorMittal under fire as activists demand clean-up

protest march in south africa
200 protesters marched to protest Mittal Steel pollution in Vanderbijlpark on Tuesday.

CAPETOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -- "A coalition of activists targeted ArcelorMittal at its annual general meeting in Luxembourg yesterday, to mark the start of a campaign that aims to mould the world's biggest steel maker into a more responsible global corporate citizen. The coalition's strategy appears to be one of embarrassing ArcelorMittal's senior international management to the extent that it will take a hand in improving local conditions across nine countries. Two South African representatives were among those present to highlight ArcelorMittal South Africa's poor environmental legacy at its Vanderbijlpark facility," Ingi Salgado, Business Report & Independent. Published May 14, 2008.

May 14: Sharp exchange at shareholder meeting in Luxembourg
Dead workers, stinking pollution and forced evictions: New report highlights ArcelorMittal's global trail of destruction

report coverLUXEMBOURG -- "A newly-formed coalition of environmental and community groups - Global Action on ArcelorMittal - today released a report showing how local residents and workers around the world pay the price of ArcelorMittal's success. The report was launched at a press conference in Luxembourg to coincide with the company's annual shareholder meeting. It contains nine case studies detailing ArcelorMittal's legacy of pollution, environmental damage, health impacts and poor worker safety. In the report the coalition demands that ArcelorMittal implements environmental and health action plans in consultation with residents adjacent to the plants and plant workers in a democratic manner; Governments should not give ArcelorMittal perverse tax breaks or allow it to dispossess people from their land; and Public financial institutions should not support polluting industry such as ArcelorMittal, which has extensive resources of its own," press release, BankWatch Network. LUXEMBOURG -- At the ArcelorMittal shareholder meeting yesterday, Liz Ilg, Ohio Citizen Action's Cleveland Program Director, asked Lakshmi Mittal, "Why do neighbors of your facilities around the world have to breathe rotten eggs, and children can't play outside in their yards?" An ArcelorMittal official approached Ilg and Phil Pavarinni, a Mittal Steel neighbor from Cleveland, and started to say that we shouldn't be allowed to speak. At this point, Pavarinni stood up and said, "We're shareholders, and we were told that's we're not allowed to speak. I don't know if that's how most companies would want to run their business." After Lakshmi Mittal defended his company's pollution record, Ilg told him, "You should come to Cleveland. Come and breathe the air that we're breathing there." May 13: ArcelorMittal faces critics

AKRON -- "Liz Ilg, an activist at Ohio Citizen Action, said the steelmaker has refused to respond to concerns flagged by local people near the Cleveland plant it bought in 2005 - including letters from more than 526 doctors and nurses detailing health problems linked to air pollution. She says the plant manager last met with campaigners in 2005 but the company had since decided to 'cut that dialogue off and address it only with public relations and no longer with decision makers.' ... 'The EPA doesn't even expect the company to test in every part of the facility,' she said. 'They (ArcelorMittal) plug in their production numbers and voila, they're in compliance every year. So they look really good on paper but in reality they have no idea how much they are polluting,'" Aoife White, Akron Beacon Journal.

LUXEMBOURG -- Groups call on ArcelorMittal to improve environment, safety record, Associated Press.

May 12: ArcelorMittal not serious about pollution control: activists

ArcelorMittal President and CEO Lakshmi Mittal
LONDON, England -- "ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steelmaker, faces charges of leaving a trail of environmental destruction in its plants across the globe as environment campaigners plan to descend on Luxembourg next week to protest the company's lack of sensitivity towards pollution control. Protestors will present Arcelor's shareholders at its annual meeting with a 40-page dossier of evidence about the firm's lack of interest in controlling pollution at its manufacturing units across the globe, from Orissa in India to Vanderbijlpark in South Africa, a media report said today... Liz Ilg, from Citizen Action in Cleveland, Ohio, demanded that the company put more effort into cutting pollution at her local works," Daily News and Analysis.

May 11: Mittal braced for protests on pollution

LUXEMBOURG -- "Steel giant ArcelorMittal will be accused of leaving a trail of environmental destruction in its wake this week when campaigners descend on Luxembourg to protest at its annual meeting... Liz Ilg, from Citizen Action in Cleveland, Ohio, will demand the company put more effort into cutting pollution at her local works. She said: 'This is the most urban steel mill in the US: they've got more people living around them than any other plant - 390,000 within five miles.' Mittal took over the plant from International Steel Corporation in 2004. 'The main message is: start to look at pollution prevention at your facilities. The best way to do that is to sit down and talk to community members,' said Ilg. She has collected 34,000 signatures on a petition, but says the company has so far refused to meet local people,'" Heather Stewart, The Guardian Observer.

May 9: State Senator Dale Miller urges Mittal Steel to meet with neighbors

Rep. Dale Miller
State Senator Dale Miller
CLEVELAND -- "Fine particle pollution is the most dangerous health threat to people from air pollution. I am aware that you have received communications from a large number of residents and local doctors and nurses expressing concerns and urging you to play a leadership role in having Mittal Steel develop and implement a much more effective program of pollution prevention. I am writing to ask you and other leaders at Mittal Steel to sit down with residents and community leaders in your neighborhood to develop a working relationship that will lead to implementation of effective pollution prevention programs at Mittal Steel," Dale Miller, State Senator, Ohio's 23rd District.

May 8: Mittal Steel neighbors in Central meet

meeting in Central

CLEVELAND -- "Neighbors of Mittal Steel who live and work in the Central neighborhood met Tuesday night to discuss the odors and soot they are dealing with from the company.  Central neighbor and property owner Dionne Carmichael hosted the meeting, and Mary Keith, Annie Coleman, Lashunda Lee, Henry Glover, Mary Seawright, Luther Smith, Ada Averyhart, Ina Roth, Rachael Belz, and I attended.  The group plans to begin keeping logs of when they smell rotten egg odors and see soot coming into the neighborhood as well as to plan other activities this summer to educate more neighbors in Central about the pollution from Mittal Steel," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

May 5: Steelworker dies at Mittal Burns Harbor plant

CHESTERTON, IN -- "A steelworker died Wednesday in a 'freak accident' at the Burns Harbor facility of Mittal Steel USA, after being pinned between two girders. Paul Gipson, president of United Steelworkers Local 6787 identified the member as Russell Payne, 60, of Portage. Payne leaves a wife and two sons... A total of 27 people have died at the mill in its 42-year history, Gipson said. Most recently, in July 2006, Kevin Sullivan, 50, of LaPorte, was crushed to death at No. 1 Coke Battery when he was caught between the battery and a machine which opens its doors. 'A steel mill is a terrible place to die,' Gipson said," Kevin Nevers, Chesterton Tribune.

Apr 28: 526 Cleveland area doctors and nurses write Mittal Steel

CLEVELAND -- "Since the spring of 2007, 526 Cleveland area doctors and nurses have written Mittal Steel's plant manager Terry Fedor urging the Cleveland manager to work on pollution prevention at the downtown mill. 'Presently I work as a hospice nurse,' writes registered nurse Theresa Giersz in a letter to Mr. Fedor in September 2007. 'Dying from a lung disease is one of the hardest to witness, not being able to breathe is terrifying. I am aware that lung disease is caused by many factors. One of those factors is the pollution coming from your factory.' The Neighbors of Mittal Steel group and Ohio Citizen Action continue to invite Mr. Fedor to meet and begin dialogue on how Mittal Steel and the community can work towards the common interest of producing steel with fewer emissions," Liz Ilg, Cleveland area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

LONDON, England -- Lakshmi Mittal tops The Sunday Times Rich List 2008, The Times.

Apr 25: Two Ohio counties rank among worst in nation for greenhouse gas emissions

most CO2 in US

CLEVELAND -- "Global warming gets going right here in Cuyahoga County. In fact, only three places in the United States are more responsible than we are for the carbon dioxide emissions that most scientists say are leading to accelerating climate change, a new study claims. Two Ohio counties -- Cuyahoga (fourth) and Jefferson (14th), home to Steubenville -- rank among the worst areas for the amount of carbon released into the atmosphere, according to the first-of-its-kind inventory of all 3,141 U.S. counties by researchers at Purdue University," Michael Scott, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Apr 22: Young steel worker injured in explosion

BALTIMORE, MD -- "A young worker remained in critical condition Monday evening after suffering serious burns in a chemical explosion at the former Bethlehem Steel plant in Sparrows Point, fire officials said. Baltimore County firefighters responded to an explosion at what is now the Arcelor Mittal plant just after 12:30 p.m. Monday, said department spokeswoman Elise Armacost. The contractor, who was not identified, was burned by a burst of molten slag — a 3,000-degree steel waste product — that he dumped into a pit of water, officials said," Jaime Malarkey, The Examiner.

NEW YORK, NY -- Forbes richest people in the world stocks, "The fourth-richest person in the world is Lakshmi Mittal, a resident of London and the head of the largest steel manufacturer in the world, Arcelor Mittal," TheStreet.

Apr 21: Worst offenders for carbon dioxide emissions: Top 20 US counties identified

CLEVELAND -- "The top twenty carbon dioxide-emitting counties in the United States have been identified by a research team led by Purdue University... Gurney says Vulcan, which is named for the Roman god of fire, quantifies all of the CO2 that results from the burning of fossil fuels such as coal and gasoline. It also tracks the hourly outputs at the level of factories, power plants, roadways, neighborhoods and commercial districts," Science Daily. Published April 17.

Apr 18: Mittal Steel: Ten out of twelve noise readings are above 85 decibels, the level at which hearing damage can begin

noise monitor CLEVELAND -- "Donna Levandowski, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Independence Road and leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group, has been taking notes on the noise levels in her backyard from Mittal Steel. The average person cannot sleep if subjected to 45 decibels of noise, according to the Columbia Encyclopedia. 'At 120 decibels the ear registers pain, but hearing damage begins at a much lower level, about 85 decibels.' The following log shows readings starting at 72 decibels. All of the following readings are taken at night or early morning hours. Eleven out of twelve of these noise readings are above 85 decibels, the level at which hearing damage can begin," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

decibels chart

Apr 15: VIDEO: Executive chatter with Terry Fedor

CLEVELAND -- "The general manager of the ArcelorMittal plant in Cleveland talks about the steel business, management and its relationship with the Steelworkers, and using technology to make steel," Crain's Cleveland Business. Published April 3.

Apr 14: Neighbors of Mittal Steel and Ohio Citizen Action speak with Ursuline College students

Ina Roth, Sara Woodson, and Liz Ilg are pictured here with students from Ursuline College and Sociology Professor Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel. Not pictured: Meegan Cox, Coordinator of Experiential Education at Ursuline College.

PEPPER PIKE -- "Ina Roth, neighbor of Mittal Steel in Old Brooklyn, Sara Woodson, Field Canvass Director with Ohio Citizen Action, and I spoke with a class of fourteen Ursuline College students last week. Sociology professor at Ursuline and member of Ohio Citizen Action, Antoinette Charfauros McDaniel, along with Meegan Cox, Coordinator of Experiental Education at Ursuline, invited us to the college to speak about women in activism and the good neighbor campaign we are working on to get Mittal Steel to modernize its downtown steel mill. A few of the students from this class are now interested in interning with Ohio Citizen Action this summer to work on the Cleveland campaign," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

Apr 13: ‘Cannon fodder’ men dying in mines of UK’s richest man, Lakshmi Mittal; The Kazakh miners say conditions were better in Soviet times

Bill of Rights

KARAGANDA, KAZAKHSTAN -- "The emergencies ministry accused ArcelorMittal of neglecting safety during the rapid expansion of Abaiskaya [mine], where production has risen more than 30% since 2001. ArcelorMittal miners alleged that alarm systems used to detect gas levels date back to Soviet times. They are faulty and lack precision. Ventilation pipes are made of a rubberised cloth that often tears. Miners repair it by hand with metal wire. Workers in Kazakhstan still use shovels and carry the 260 lb. steel pit props used to shore up the mine shafts. Lifts designed to carry often no more than 28 people are crammed with up to 40. When gas detectors start beeping, miners afraid that their pay will be docked sometimes place them on the ground, where levels are lower, or even cover them with their jackets. Four or five men dig out up to five tons of coal in a seven-hour shift. Many miners said working conditions were better in Soviet times. 'Despite three major accidents, we’ve yet to see someone from senior management resign,' said Svetlana Sarmullin, 27, who lost her husband Nurlan in the Abaiskaya blast. 'They say gas levels were very high. Why did they send my husband and the others down there?,'" Mark Franchetti, Sunday Times.

Apr 12: Pollution order in works for ArcelorMittal Dofasco

Bill of Rights HAMILTON, ONTARIO, CANADA -- "Environment Minister John Gerretsen says a ministry order is being processed for ArcelorMittal Dofasco to meet air pollution laws. The minister couldn't say when the order will come but told reporters yesterday it will likely be within two weeks. The minister's comment followed a visit to Queen's Park yesterday by east end residents fed up with industrial air pollution as well as greasy, black soot on cars and patio furniture. Lorna Moreau, a member of Community Residents Against Pollution, told a news conference how she went to bed one night recently and there was 'beautiful white snow' falling outside, but when she awoke her property was covered in black. 'Everybody comes when you call, but nothing is done,' she said at the conference, attended by members of Environment Hamilton and Hamilton East-Stoney Creek New Democrat MPP Paul Miller,'" Hamilton Spectator, article dated April 11, 2008.

Apr 10: Neighbor of Mittal Steel in Czech Republic sues company for right to breathe clean air; 1,000 Czech neighbors protest

Czechs Mittal protest
Reporter Marta Pilarova with Czech Television Ostrava reports on pollution and noise problems from Mittal Steel Cleveland.

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- "On Tuesday Czech lawyer Jan Srytr brought to court the case of a Czech citizen suing ArcelorMittal for his right to breathe healthy air. This neighbor of ArcelorMittal Steel lives three kilometers or 1.8 miles from the Ostrava steel mill. According to Jan, approximately 1,000 citizens came out to protest pollution from the ArcelorMittal plant in Ostrava that same day. He says, 'In honor of the occasion we organized a demonstration in the center of Ostrava attended by approximately 1,000 citizens.' One day before this planned demonstratinon, the new general director of the ArcelorMittal Ostrava plant announced an investment plan of 120 million Euro dollars (190 million U.S. dollars). Jan explains, 'The general director had a very nice speech about their recent mistakes and their social responsibility.  Of course, behind this investment is mainly the need of ArcelorMittal to modernize the plant to increase production,'" Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic -- North Moravian city residents protests against air pollution, ČeskéNoviny.cz.

Apr 9: Mittal Steel: "I wouldn't mind if the noise was during the day so I could get a decent night's sleep."

sleep CLEVELAND -- "Why should I have to waste my time and energy to call down there every night and hear the same thing but no action? It's quiet in our neighborhood during the day, and then they have to release their valves at all hours of the night from midnight until 7 in the morning. I live here and they're supposed to be a good neighbor to us and they're not. I can't get a good night's sleep around here. I told Mr. Krizman he should put a trailer next to my house and try to sleep through the night. He said that he gets off work at 3 or 4 in the afternoon. I wouldn't mind if the noise was during the day so I could get a decent night's sleep," Donna Levandowski, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Independence Rd., leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Apr 2: Interview with ArcelorMittal Chief Financial Officer Aditya Mittal

Aditya Mittal, son of ArcelorMittal owner Lakshmi Mittal, is Chief Financial Officer of the company. In this YouTube video Mr. Mittal comments on the first anniversary of the ArcelorMittal merger. Interview originally posted on YouTube on June 17, 2007

Apr 1: Kids' drawings for Mittal Steel Cleveland

Mar 28: Mittal Steel: "We were up until four in the morning because of this noise."

Donna is tired
Donna Levandowski
CLEVELAND -- "At midnight on Thursday night [March 27] Mittal started working behind my house. They started running trucks and it kept us up all night.  They're emptying something out of their trucks. You can hear when they give it gas to lift the back of the truck high up into the air to dump the materials. When it's completely in the air they give it gas a couple of times to make sure they've dumped everything out. This is when you can hear the metal bouncing back and forth. This noise echoes real loud keeping us up. I didn't call Mittal security because I know they'd tell me that they have to look into it. We were up until four in the morning because of this noise," Donna Levandowski, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Mar 27: Mittal Steel: "I'm tired of the noise. We have a family to raise here."

more Mittal noise CLEVELAND -- "Last night about 12:12 am the jet engine airplane noise from Mittal Steel went off again. This is the worst I have ever heard it. I called Mittal's security but the woman I spoke with would not put me through to Seargent Pallister to speak with him about this. The noise is ridiculous. Why can't they get this noise under control? Tom Krizman called me back this afternoon. He told me that they had a power outage at the main terminal. I told him that I'm tired of the noise. We have a family to raise here," Donna Levandowski, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Independence Rd., leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

CLEVELAND -- February 5 letter to Terry Fedor regarding night-time noise, Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

CLEVELAND -- Mittal response, letter to Liz Ilg from Mary Beth Holdford, public relations, ArcelorMittal.

Mar 26: Deane Malaker
Tremont resident and Neighbors of Mittal Steel group member

Deanne MalakerCLEVELAND -- "Deane Malaker has lived in Cleveland since 1983 and has been a Tremont neighbor of Mittal Steel for nine years.  His interest in the environment and good health practices led him to Ohio Citizen Action and the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.  Deane has had problems with soot from Mittal Steel collecting on the outside of his home.  'The black soot has eaten away at the brass mailbox on my front porch and my aluminum porch stoop that is pitted and tarnished as well.  My neighbors have the same problems  Some of their iron railings are disintegrating,' Deane explains.  Deane wants to see Mittal Steel install state of the art anti-pollution devices in the mill," Kathy Hart, Ohio Citizen Action.

Mar 20: Editorial: Federal and state EPAs must look more closely at steel mill's neighborhood

blast furnace

CLEVELAND -- "And ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel company, is obliged to be a good neighbor to the hundreds of thousands of people who live within five miles of the West Side plant. That means sitting down with Matt Carroll, director of the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and maybe even Ohio Citizen Action, the organization that's helping nearby residents press their complaints. Perhaps a compromise can be found; certainly, one should be sought. Mittal, which has become quite profitable with the sinking dollar, isn't going anywhere and neither are its neighbors. They must talk," editorial, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Mar 17: Local, state officials face tougher federal smog standards

COLUMBUS -- "Heavy industry like the steel mills in Northeast Ohio have been a prime source of air pollution for decades. The iron ore and coal combine to make it a dirty business. Residents who live in the shadow of the big plants believe suburbanites forget how the pollution feels and smells. In Cleveland's Slavic Village neighborhood, Sandra Whitey said, 'those folks in the 'burbs don't get this smell. They don't get the dirt. They don't get nothing. We get it, the little people that live near these plants. And I can't afford to move.' Neighbor, Mike Silverman added, 'I don't complain much because it's better than losing the mills and not having the jobs,'" Michael O'Mara, WKYC. Published March 15.

Mar 13: Environment Hamilton tracks Mittal Steel pollution in Hamilton, Ontario

ArcelorMittal in Canada
ArcelorMittal's meltshop in Hamilton, Ontario.

HAMILTON, ONT -- "Hamilton needs a strong economy. We also need to be able to
breathe air without filling our lungs with toxins. The purpose of this blog
is not to promote anti-industry sentiment, but simply to encourage
industries to be good neighbours," Hamilton Stacks Blog Spot, Environment

Mar 9: EPA probes air quality near ArcelorMittal's Cleveland mill

Sue Cochran
Sue Cochran, 33, whose house overlooks the ArcelorMittal steel mill, is worried how emissions from the plant might be harming her 3-year-old son, Eric Jr.

CLEVELAND -- "Ohio Citizen Action, a grassroots organization that has operated in the state for more than 30 years, has targeted the mill since 2004. The group claims ArcelorMittal can and should do more to protect its neighbors from pollutants spewing from the plant. The group sometimes uses unconventional tactics to get attention. It and neighbors of the mill once delivered straws to plant manager Terry Fedor in Cleveland, suggesting he could breathe through them to feel what it's like to have asthma. The group also points to the company's worldwide profits, $10.4 billion in 2007, and the personal wealth of Chief Executive Lakshmi Mittal, one of the richest men in the world, to suggest that paying for new and improved controls would be easy," Peter Krouse, Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Top polluters in Cuyahoga County

Mar 6: The World's Billionaires: #4 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal
NEW YORK, NY -- "Heads world's largest steelmaker, $105 billion (sales) ArcelorMittal, which accounts for 10% of all crude steel production. Just delivered 580 tons to be used in construction of the World Trade Center memorial in New York. With 44% stake, is the company's largest shareholder. Longtime resident of London is Europe's richest resident," Forbes Magazine.

Feb 27: Mittal Steel: "There was an odor so horrible outside that my husband couldn't breathe."

John and Rose Vincenzo
CLEVELAND -- "On Saturday night at 9:15 in the evening, my husband went outside to let the dog out. There was an odor so horrible outside that he couldn't breathe. I looked outside and saw that he was having problems so I went out to help get the dog inside. The smell outside was so horrible, like a deep, gas smell that would choke you. It was really bad. My husband has a lung condition and he's been telling me that the neighborhood air is bad for him. At night he goes on oxygen and he takes his medicine through a machine. I called down to Mittal's office right away and on Monday I called the Cleveland Division of Air Quality. The Mittal Steel security representative wanted to know which way the wind was blowing. I told him that it wasn't blowing at all. I also told him that if my husband got worse and we had to take him to urgent care, that they would be footing the bill," Rose Vincenzo, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Cullen Drive.

Feb 25: Senator Sherrod Brown writes Mittal Steel and US EPA

Sen. Sherrod Brown
Senator Sherrod Brown
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "According to my constituents, most of the pollution control equipment at the Cleveland plant is 20 to 40 years old and more needs to be done to reduce the emissions rate. I am sure that you share my concern for these worried parents who have a right to live in a clean environment and raise healthy children. While I applaud Mittal's commitment to a greening plan at the plant site, I respectfully ask that the company also begin a meaningful dialogue with the plant's neighbors," Senator Sherrod Brown, letters to Mittal plant manager Terry Fedor and Mary Gade of the U.S. EPA.

Kim Foreman delivered transcripts from the November 14 public hearing to Mittal's plant manager Terry Fedor this morning.
Feb 19: Panel chair Kim Foreman delivers public hearing transcripts to Mittal Steel

CLEVELAND -- "On November 14, 2007, we comprised a panel at a public hearing on Mittal Steel and our health. One hundred Cleveland area neighbors gathered at Cuyahoga Community College to hear testimony on pollution problems from Mittal Steel and speak their mind on the topic. Neighbors of your facility testified on the problems they experience from your facility such as rotten egg odors and soot... We urge you to sit down with your neighbors to begin talking about what you can do to prevent pollution from the Mittal Steel Cleveland Works," Kim Foreman, Dr. Anne Wise and Dr. Dan Brustein, letter to Mittal plant manager Terry Fedor.

Mittal Steel and Our Health, public hearing, November 14, 2007, full-text transcript (119 KB pdf), excerpts (32 KB doc).

Feb 14: ArcelorMittal posts record profit of $19.4 bn
Lakshmi Mittal
Lakshmi Mittal, England's richest man, is $1.89 billion richer.

LONDON, England -- "Double digit growth figures are rather rare in Europe's currently dismal corporate landscape. But ArcelorMittal, the world's largest steel group, reported record pre-tax profits of $19.4 billion on Wednesday, up 27% from last year, and net profits up 30% to $10.4 billion on sales of $105.2 billion... It has also made LN Mittal, UK’s richest man, richer by some $1.89 billion. In line with its dividend policy of returning 30% of net income to shareholders, ArcelorMittal also announced that it had returned $4.4 billion to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks in 2007, and will return a total of $3.1 billion in 2008. This makes the Lakshmi Mittal’s earnings, total to $1.89 billion for 2007, and $1.3 billion for 2008. LN Mittal owns 43% of the shares," Economic Times India.

Feb 6: Ron Joranko 1935 - 2008

Ron Joranko CLEVELAND -- "A lifelong resident of Euclid and Cleveland, Ohio, Ron Joranko passed away at the Cleveland Clinic recently. Ron was a very active member in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group working to get Mittal Steel to clean up its Cleveland mill.  Ron led the group's yard sign project in the Tremont neighborhood by organizing friends, neighbors, and Tremont business owners to display signs in support of Mittal Steel reducing air pollution.  When Ron retired from work as a tax accountant for TRW, he devoted much of his time to painting and recently completed an instruction book on how to play tennis," Liz Ilg, Cleveland area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

Feb 1: Mittal Steel: "I heard five booms Wednesday night starting at 9:23 pm, 10:07 pm, 10:17 pm, 10:23 pm, and then 10:34 pm." 

headache CLEVELAND -- "I had a bad migraine Wednesday night [January 30] and my daughter came into my room when she started hearing the booms.  I heard five booms starting at 9:23 pm, 10:07 pm, 10:17 pm, 10:23 pm, and then 10:34 pm.  I called the security guard at Mittal and they said they were done with the explosions last week.  He said, as always, that they would look into it.  I told the security guard that my head was pounding and that I was hoping it wouldn't be another night of noise.  I took my migraine medicine and fell asleep around 11:30 pm," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Jan 30: Lorain County Community College students test air near Mittal Steel for particle pollution

Ruby Beil's class

ELYRIA -- "Tremont neighbor Becca Riker and I visited Lorain County Community College Professor Ruby Beil's Environmental Monitoring course last Wednesday.  These students will be studying levels of particle pollution in neighborhoods around Mittal Steel compared to neighborhoods further away.  Over the weekend, three Mittal Steel neighbors in Tremont, three in Slavic Village, and a control group of six people living further away from Mittal Steel set pumps outside their homes that collect particles small enough for humans to breathe them in.  Galson Laboratories in East Syracuse, New York will test the pump filters and the students at Lorain County Community College will analyze the results.  Becca spoke to the students about rotten egg odors and soot from Mittal Steel in her neighborhood.  She also explained to students the profitability of the company and how she believes they can install new pollution control equipment and be a better neighbor," Liz Ilg, Cleveland area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jan 29: 478 Cleveland doctors and nurses write Mittal Steel

CLEVELAND -- "Since the spring of 2007, 478 Cleveland area doctors and nurses have written Mittal Steel's plant manager Terry Fedor urging the Cleveland manager to work on pollution prevention at the downtown mill. These doctors and nurses state that air pollution can cause or worsen lung and heart diseases, along with aggravating asthma and emphysema. In Terry Fedor's written response to Cleveland doctors and nurses he says 'a myopic focus on our factory won't solve the problem,'" Liz Ilg, Cleveland area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action.

Jan 25: Mittal blasting has neighbors rattled

CLEVELAND -- "Neighbors of Mittal Steel are complaining as late night dynamite blasts have rattled windows and awoken the neighborhood this week. The steel-maker has been using dynamite to free molten iron as it does maintenence on one of its blast furnances. 'The windows were rattling,' says Donna Levandowski of the blasts. 'At night, it sounds like, it's just a boom, just a loud boom!' adds Donald Prater... 'If you had a neighbor who was blowing off dynamite in their backyard, or even playing music loudly, you would call the police and they'd be asked to stop,' says Elizabeth Ilg of Ohio Citizen Action. 'Neighbors here have been calling Mittal Steel asking them to stop and they have not done that,'" Vic Gideon, WKYC.

Jan 24: Mittal Steel: "There were explosions at 12:10 am, 12:24 am, 3:12 am, 4:30 am, and 6:58 am."

CLEVELAND -- "Mittal Steel was exploding again all night last night. There were explosions at 12:10 am, 12:24 am, 3:12 am, 4:30 am, and 6:58 am. The one at 12:24 am was so loud it woke me out of a dead sleep. My sister Denise who lives upstairs asked if I heard the big boom this morning. I asked her which one. She looked out the window at 7 am and saw orange smoke coming out from the steel mill. After the midnight explosions I called the Mittal security guard at the gate. She wouldn't put me through to Seargant Dennis Pallister who asked me to contact him if I hear these. At 3:12 am I called back to Mittal security and left Dennis a message," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Jan 24: Mittal Steel: "It has been quiet with the jet engine sounds the past week. Now we have explosions instead."

Donna Levandowski with son Jimmy, daughter Joie and dog Fluffly
CLEVELAND -- "It has been quiet with the jet engine sounds the past week. Now we have explosions instead. My mom heard four explosions between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm on Saturday [January 19]. On Tuesday [January 22] I called Mittal Steel security after two explosions around 5:45 pm. The first one shook my house. Dennis from Mittal Steel called me back. He told me that they got a permit to clean out the blast furnace with explosions between 5 pm and 7 pm. He said that this is in code with the city and that I shouldn't hear them past 7 pm. At midnight I heard another explosion and it woke me up. I called Mittal security again and spoke with Dennis. He said they're not supposed to be doing it at that time. They only have a permit from 5 pm to 7 pm. He said they would investigate to find out what the noise was. I heard the explosions three times between 12:09 am and 12:17 am and then they woke me up again at 5:46 am when they exploded two more times. Dennis said he was sorry for what I was going through up here and understood that the fence behind my house echoes the noises and makes them worse. Dennis said the whole building shook where he was from one of the explosions and he understands what we're going through up here because they're going through it down there," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Jan 23: Mittals to make $935 million in dividends

Lakshmi and Usha Mittal
CLEVELAND -- "Billionaire Lakshmi Mittal, the steel tycoon who heads the world's largest steel maker, and his family will make $935.4 million in share dividends from their stake in ArcelorMittal this year, according to figures the company published Monday. Mittal ranked fifth last year on Forbes magazine's list of the world's wealthiest people, with an estimated fortune of $32 billion. Shareholders will see rewards from the company's 2007 earnings with four quarterly dividends of 37.5 cents throughout the year for each share, the Associated Press reported. Net profit in the third quarter alone was $3 billion, a 36 percent increase from a year earlier," Cleveland Plain Dealer. Published January 22.

Jan 22: ArcelorMittal repairing furnace

One of the two blast furnaces at ArcelorMittal Cleveland.

CLEVELAND -- "The ArcelorMittal Cleveland plant along the Cuyahoga River has taken one of its two blast furnaces out of service to repair stress cracks in the hearth shell. Spokesman Dave Allen said he didn't know how soon the blast furnace might be running again. 'As quickly as possible,' he said. The second blast furnace at the plant will operate full throttle, and production will be supplemented by slabs shipped in from other ArcelorMittal plants. The slabs will be rolled into coils on the hot strip mill. The company does not expect service to customers to be interrupted, Allen said," Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Jan 21: Oberlin College students visit Mittal Steel neighbors

Pictured from left to right: Katie Phillips, David Mange, Lisa Brown, Luke Depner, Arlene Green, and Jeff Green holding son Michael.

CLEVELAND -- "Oberlin College students Katie Phillips, Lisa Brown, and Luke Depner visited Mittal Steel neighbors Arlene and Jeff Green on Friday, January 18, as part of their Biblical Justice in Action project with the Oberlin Christian Fellowship. The students, led by Oberlin College staff member David Mange, listened to testimonials from Arlene and Jeff about breathing and skin problems for their children, Arlene's migrane headaches, and the rotten egg odors, loud night-time noises, and metal flake showers the family has experienced since moving next to Mittal Steel," Liz Ilg, Cleveland Program Director, Ohio Citizen

Jan 18: Mittal Steel: "The noise and the rumbling is interrupting my sleep."

Donna Levandowski
CLEVELAND -- "Last week on Tuesday night [January 8] the noise from Mittal Steel went on all night. I called Mittal Steel late on Tuesday night, it was almost Wednesday morning. Tom Krizman from Mittal Steel called me back on Friday afternoon [January 11]. He said the noise I heard was because of a power outage at power house #3. He said that power house #3 is the power house for the blast furnaces. He said that because they lost power the turbo blowers had to vent and that's why I heard a roaring noise. Mr. Krizman said he got a report from Dennis who was working security that night. Dennis wrote in the report that the noise stopped at 11:45 pm. I told him that the noise went on all night and asked him why I should have to call Mittal Steel every night about this. He said that he knows it's an inconvenience but if I can keep calling when I hear the noise that they can run up here and check on it. He said that they would call me back the next day so that they don't interrupt my sleep. I told Mr. Krizman that they're already interrupting my sleep with the noise and the rumbling. My kids go to school during the day and I pay a lot of money for their tuition. Mr. Krizman said they are checking on the noise during the day and a few times at night. I told him that Mittal Steel should respect the people that live around the mill and help their neighbors instead of always upsetting their neighbors," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Jan 17: Mittal and pollution in Kazakhstan

TEMIRTAU, Kazakhstan -- "Kazakhstan's Arcelor-Mittal plant provides the people of Temirtau with a livelyhood but its pollution is also the reason for their short lives," Regis Genté, France 24.

Jan 14: Mittal Steel: "It is a hissing swoosh, a clanging, grinding sound. It's like an atomic bomb."

Noreen and Fred Doubek

CLEVELAND -- "We appreciate the attempts being made by Mittal Steel to make Independence Road look nice with a fence and trees. What they have to realize is that these are peoples' homes up here. Fred doesn't always hear the noise with the windows closed but I [Noreen] can hear them at night with the windows closed. It is a hissing swoosh, a clanging, grinding sound. It's like an atomic bomb. It sounds like the steel mill is blowing something out of their stacks. The sound will last for 15 to 20 minutes. The windows rattle and everything inside rattles. When LTV owned the mill we used to hear these sounds during the day. Now we hear them at night. We wonder what it's going to be like in the summer with our windows open. Living near the steel mill we've learned not to use white paint on the walls. We make some compromises in that way. But the sulfur odors get annoying and the last two years have been worse for my asthma [Noreen]. And it is so embarrasing to have family and friends over, swimming in our pool in the backyard and see that they have black streaks running down their legs because of the soot that has collected on our furniture and in the pool. We feel like the neighborhood was taken more into consideration when LTV owned the mill. If the snow was grey because of a release from the steel mill the EPA would be out here the next morning giving the company a fine. Now we have big metal flakes and graphite on our cars and it is all being ignored," Noreen and Fred Doubek, neighbors of Mittal Steel on Independence Rd.

CLEVELAND -- ArcelorMittal restarts west side, Cleveland Plain Dealer.

EAST CHICAGO, IL -- Worker dies in crash at Mittal, Sharlonda Waterhouse, Chicago Post-Tribune.

Jan 11: Mittal Steel: "There are a lot of elderly in the neighborhood and the noise can hurt their ears."

senior citizen CLEVELAND -- "I've lived in this area near the steel mill for 37 years. The noise I hear at night has been going on for a long time. It's a loud whistling noise that is hard to explain. It's like a jet or a diesel noise. When the rest of the neighborhood is quiet at night it will wake you up and go on for 30 to 45 minutes. There are a lot of elderly in the neighborhood and the noise can hurt their ears. It would be good for the steel mill to clean up because I know so many people in my neighborhood who have breathing problems. I have asthma and bronchitis. My son-in-law has asthma and the husband of my neighbor across the street had breathing problems while he was still alive. There was also a woman who moved in down the street, not from the area, and when she moved in her asthma got worse. She's passed now too and it's really sad. We also have a lot of problems with the soot on our houses. It's terrible for white siding. You can see it on your clothes when you hang them out to dry," Betty Maraessa, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Beyerle Rd.

KARAGANDA, Kazakhstan --
Seven more Kazakh Mittal mine deaths in spite of investment in safety measures, Mineweb.

Jan 8: Mittal Steel: "When an airplane flies overhead the noise lasts for one minute. The other airplane noise I hear will go on for half an hour or 45 minutes."

Donald Prater

CLEVELAND -- "I've lived in this neighborhood since 1980. When an airplane flies overhead the noise lasts for one minute. The other airplane noise I hear will go on for half an hour or 45 minutes. I'll wonder when it is going to quit. It's very aggravating. I turn up the TV but I can still hear it. I heard the longer airplane noise early on Saturday morning [January 5]. I even went out and looked up and down the street to see what it was. There was someone blowing leaves on the street making noise but when that stopped I could still hear the jet engine noise. I heard the noise again on Sunday morning [January 6] at 9 am. It woke me up and went on for 30 minutes or so. I tried to go back to sleep but couldn't. It's a real loud roaring noise at first and it dies down and gets louder again, like they're opening and closing a valve," Donald Prater, neighbor of Mittal Steel on Beyerle Rd.

Jan 7: Kids' drawings for Mittal Steel Cleveland

Jan 4: Mittal Steel says it will investigate night-time jet engine noise from the Cleveland Works

Donna Levandowski
Donna Levandowski
CLEVELAND -- "The noise I've been hearing these past couple of months is still going on. Some nights are louder than other nights. I haven't always called Mittal Steel because I get the same kind of message. This is what I go through every night when I call - 'I have to pinpoint where the noise is coming from,' they say. They know where the noise is coming from if I am calling so many nights about it, but they don't want to fix it. Tom Krizman said it was fixed and that there shouldn't be anymore noise. They should know where this noise is coming from. This is a voicemail the security guard at Mittal left for me on Sunday, December 30 at 1:03 am. 'Yes Donna, this is Bob from Mittal Steel security returning your call. I'm going to do some periodic noise assessments up in that area over by the Stein trucks and see if I can pinpoint this sound and find out where this is coming from. I was up there when Gate 1 called me. I went up there from 12:47 am to 1:05 am and I do hear a sound. It does sound like airplane sounds but I do have to do some further assessments and see what I can find out. Okay. Thank you.' Tom Krizman called me back yesterday. He said that they did fix the blast furnaces the day I talked to him [December 20, 2007] and that the noise problem has been fixed since then. He said the noise I hear now is coming from I-77 and Broadway. I asked him how the noise is coming from over there if I live on Independence and I hear a jet engine coming from right behind my house, where Mittal Steel is. I told him that they haven't fixed the problem, or if they did it has come back. I told him that Bob the security guard left a voicemail saying that he was by the Stein company hearing the noise, which is right behind my house. Mr. Krizman told me that he was with Bob right now and that he doesn't think Bob would've left that voicemail. I told Mr. Krizman that he should live up here at my house for a couple of nights to hear it. He said that they have people working on it to find out where the noise is coming from. Tom Krizman says I must be hearing something else at night. I told him that I know what I hear at night-time. It is a jet engine," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

Jan 2: Mittal Steel: "I get one to two hours of sleep a night because of the noise."

industrial noise CLEVELAND -- "Mittal has not stopped the noise.  It went on Saturday night, December 22, Sunday night, December 23, and every night all the way through last night, Wednesday, December 26.  Last night was the worst. It sounded like my whole house was ready to fall down. It's ridiculous. Tom Krizman said the problem was fixed and the problem isn't fixed. Last night it sounded like there really was a jet airplane in my backyard. I had to get up and make sure that there wasn't an airplane there. I didn't call Mittal security right away because there is no use to keep on calling and waste my time. They'll tell me the same thing - that they have to release the pressure somewhere - it's a waste of my time. You hear the same stuff rom Mittal security over and over - that they first have to find where the problem is. Mr. Krizman said that he had the problem fixed. Now we have to listen to this every night. I'm so sick of it. I don't get any sleep at night and I'm crabby. I did call Mittal Steel this morning. Tom Krizman was on vacation so I spoke with someone else. I asked the security guard how much sleep he gets a night. He said he gets eight or nine hours. I told him I get one to two hours of sleep a night because of the noise. He kept saying he was sorry and I eventually hung up on him. I'm so sick of it," Donna Levandowski, neighbor on Independence Road, leader in the Neighbors of Mittal Steel group.

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