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E-M:/ EPA Busts National Steel in Ecorse



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And where's Wayne County Air Quality Management Division????
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            For Immediate Release: March 18, 1998 

            No. 98-OPA078 

            EPA CITES NATIONAL STEEL FOR AIR POLLUTION 

            U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently
            cited National Steel Corp., Great Lakes Division, for alleged
            violations of federally enforceable clean-air regulations at the
            company's steel mill, 1 Quality Dr., Ecorse, MI. 

            EPA said visible emissions of particulates (smoke, soot, dust) from
            National Steel's basic oxygen furnace and a casthouse have exceeded
            the plant's 20-percent opacity (the amount of light obscured)
limit. 

            This is a preliminary finding of violations. To resolve these
violations,
            EPA may issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty,
            or bring suit against the company. The company has 30 days from
            receipt of the citation to request a meeting to discuss the alleged
            violations and how to resolve them. 

            "EPA's mandate is to protect human health and the environment, so
            we will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure compliance with
            clean-air regulations," said David Kee, director of the regional
Air and
            Radiation Division. 

            Inhaling high concentrations of particulates can affect
children, the
            elderly, or those with heart or lung conditions the most. 

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            Last Updated: March 18, 1998 
            URL: http://www.epa.gov/Region5/news98/98opa078.htm 

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