December 5, 2008
Lakshmi Mittal, CEO
Dear Mr. Mittal,
During the idle at the Mittal Steel Cleveland Works facility, neighbors and workers will be breathing in millions of pounds fewer of pollutants like fine particles, manganese, and sulfur dioxide. Already neighbors have noticed a lack of rotten egg odors, night-time noises, and build up of soot at their homes.
Pollution prevention can have this same outcome. Now is the time for Mittal Steel to work on a plan for pollution prevention at the Cleveland plant, in order to make an investment at the facility before it is brought back to full production. While your company works on plans for efficiency during the current economic downturn, pollution prevention is a key element to achieving efficiency at any facility. You can make money and benefit your workers through pollution prevention, and show that you are a true leader in the steel industry.
The current break in production and pollution is an opportunity to discuss how to establish a working relationship between Mittal Steel managers and its neighbors. Ohio Citizen Action and Neighbors of Mittal Steel have decided to suspend our good neighbor campaign during the period while the mill is idled. This means we will not be canvassing door-to-door about the pollution at your mill and our members will not be sending letters to your company.
We are ready to meet with you. Now is the time to form a working relationship to benefit the reopening of the Cleveland mill. I can be reached at the Cleveland office below.
Liz Ilg, Cleveland Area Program Director
CC: Terry Fedor, General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland Works