July 6, 2008
"We are visionary thinkers,
creating opportunities every
Mittal Steel faced up to
its pollution problems in Cleveland?
Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director, Ohio Citizen Action
-- ArcelorMittal statement
of corporate philosophy
- April 2005 - Neighbors of the
Cleveland Works send
invitations to Lakshmi Mittal and Mittal Steel USA CEO Louis Schorsch
to come to Cleveland to meet with them. Mr. Mittal and Louis Schorsch
did not respond.
- June 2005 - Claire Ryder, an Ohio
delivers 458 drinking straws to Mr. Mittal’s London headquarters.
Messages on the straws read: “‘Dear Mr. Mittal, Please breathe through
this straw for 60 seconds to see what it is like to have asthma.
Pollutants from the Mittal Cleveland Works aggravate asthma for the
390,000 residents who live within five miles of the plant. Did you know
that this plant’s emissions of sulfur dioxide and small particulates,
which can trigger asthma, increased by 38% from 2003 to 2004? It’s time
for you to invest in modernizing the Cleveland Works Plant to prevent
pollution.” Mr. Mittal did not respond.
The package also included a letter from Tremont community leaders
inviting Lakshmi Mittal to meet with them. None of the Tremont leaders
ever heard back from Mr. Mittal.
- April 2006 - Tremont neighbor
Becca Riker asks
Mittal attorney David
Nash whether the steel mill would invest in a $40,000 real-time air
monitor for the neighborhood. Mr. Nash replied that neither he nor Mr.
Glazer, Mittal’s public relations manager (who was also present), had
the authority to spend $40,000. When asked who did have that authority,
he replied, “Mr. Mittal.”
- Summer 2006 - Sandy Buchanan,
Director of Ohio Citizen Action, mails a copy of the organization’s
Good Neighbor Campaign Handbook to Mr. Mittal inviting him to meet. Mr.
Mittal did not respond.
- September 2006 - Cleveland
personal letters to Mr. Mittal and drawings from Cleveland-area
schoolchildren. Mr. Mittal has never replied.
- January 2007 – Liz Ilg,
Cleveland Program Director of Ohio Citizen Action, writes Lakshmi
Mittal after the release of a report on Mittal Steel Cleveland inviting
him to meet. She also calls Mittal’s Plant Manager Terry Fedor inviting
him to meet with his Cleveland neighbors. Terry Fedor’s secretary has a
message waiting for Liz from Charles Glazer that “the company is aware
of the neighborhood concerns.”
- February 2007 – Liz Ilg invites
Terry Fedor to meet
area neighbors after hydrogen sulfide, a byproduct of steelmaking, is
found from air testing in a child’s bedroom. Mr. Fedor did not respond.
- March 2007 – Terry Fedor writes
back to doctors and
nurses who have
written to him urging immediate attention to pollution prevention. Mr.
Fedor says that “a myopic focus on the Mittal Steel facility will not
solve the pollution problems for its neighbors.”
- March 2007 – Mittal Steel
neighbors visit Terry
office five times inviting him to meet. The group brought with them a
Good Neighbor Campaign Handbook, chocolates, and flowers for Mr. Fedor,
as well as 681 drinking straws, a bag of asthma inhalers and two boxes
full of plastic containers used in breathing machines by children on
Independence Road. Mr. Fedor did not respond.
- April 2007 - Mittal Steel’s
call Cleveland Plant
Manager Terry Fedor and US CEO Michael Rippey inviting them to meet.
Mr. Fedor and Mr. Rippey did not respond.
- August 2007 – Ina Roth, Mittal’s
neighbor in Old
Terry Fedor to meet and sends him letters from Cleveland area doctors
and nurses, bringing the total to 317 Cleveland area doctors and nurses
who have written Mr. Fedor. Mr. Fedor did not respond.
- August 2007 – Liz Ilg invites
Lakshmi Mittal to
visit Cleveland after
his visit to his facility in Hamilton, Canada. Mr. Mittal did not
- December 2007 – Chris Garland,
Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood development corporation, sends
invitations to Terry Fedor, Sandy Buchanan, and Liz Ilg to sit down and
meet. He also invited Cleveland Mediation to join the group. Terry
Fedor said he would meet with Chris Garland only.
- January 2008 – Matt Carroll,
head of Cleveland’s
Department of Public
Health, invites Terry Fedor to meet with him and other Cleveland area
doctors. Terry Fedor declines the meeting.
- February 2008 - Panel chair Kim
transcripts from a
public hearing on Mittal Steel and our health in November 2007 to Terry
Fedor at his Cleveland office. In a cover letter members of the panel
state, ‘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. Terry Fedor did not respond.
- May 2008 – A sergeant at Mittal
tells neighbor Donna
Levandowski she is no longer allowed to call Mittal Steel at their
gates when noises from the steel mill wake her up during the night. She
is instructed to only call the good neighbor hotline, leave a message,
and wait for someone to call her back on the following business day.
- As of May 27, 2008, 34,920
Cleveland area neighbors
have sent Mittal
Steel handwritten letters, postcards, and petitions urging the managers
to turn the company’s attention to pollution prevention. In addition,
526 Cleveland area doctors and nurses have written to Terry Fedor.