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From: MICK HANS <HANS.MICK@epamail.epa.gov>
To: Multiple recipients of list <eparegion5news@valley.rtpnc.epa.gov>
Subject: U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS:  NAT'L STEEL SETTLEMENT
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U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS:  NAT'L STEEL SETTLEMENT
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Legal Contact: Tim Chapman
(312) 886-6829

Media Contact: Mick Hans
(312) 353-5050


For Immediate Release: April 28, 1998

No. 98-OPA119

EPA SETTLES WITH NATIONAL STEEL: INCLUDES
 $53,942 FINE AND 2 ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 has recently 
signed a consent agreement and consent order
with National Steel for violations of several environmental laws at 
its Great Lakes Steel Division plant, Ecorse and
River Rouge, Wayne County, MI. The company will pay a $53,942 
civil penalty and complete two environmental projects.

One environmental project requires the company to remove 
from service, properly dispose of, and replace
PCB-containing equipment, at a cost of $375,000. The other project 
requires National Steel to upgrade electronic
communications among Wayne County emergency-response agencies 
at a cost of $41,037.

EPA's complaint, filed September 24, 1997, proposed a $270,423 fine 
and was the largest administrative case ever
filed by Region 5 for violations of more than one environmental law. 

The complaint was based on a comprehensive
inspection of the facility April 22-May 3, 1996. EPA alleged 31 separate 
violations of environmental laws, including
the Clean Air Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, 
and Liability Act, Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act, and Toxic Substances Control Act. 

Under the agreement, National Steel certified, to the best of its 
knowledge, that it is now in compliance with all of
the laws alleged to have been violated.
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