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                    U.S. EPA REGION 5 NEWS RELEASE

CONTACT: William Omohundro, (312) 353-8254

For Immediate Release
No. 04-OPA048

EPA cites U.S. Steel for clean-air violations

CHICAGO (April 23, 2004) — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5
has cited U.S. Steel Corp. Great Lakes Division for alleged clean-air
violations at the company’s steel mill at 1 Quality Drive, Ecorse, Mich.

EPA alleges that U.S. Steel failed to apply for a permit to prevent
significant deterioration of air quality for  hot metal desulfurization
units that it installed in 1985.  EPA said the violations began in 1985
and will continue until the company gets its permit and installs the best
available air pollution control technology.

EPA calculates that the company’s desulfurization process has resulted in
a net increase in sulfur dioxide emissions of at least 57 tons a year.

Companies must get permits that restrict emissions from their plants
before they can modify them in ways that increase emissions if the plants
are located in areas that already comply with all national outdoor
air-quality standards.  These permits are designed to prevent
deterioration of air quality in areas with clean air.

These are preliminary findings of violations.  To resolve them, EPA may
issue a compliance order, assess an administrative penalty or bring suit
against the company.  U.S. Steel has 30 days from receipt of the notice to
meet with EPA to discuss resolving the allegations.

“EPA’s mission is to protect public health and the environment,” said
Region 5 Acting Administrator Bharat Mathur.  “We will take whatever steps
are needed to ensure compliance with the Clean Air Act.”

Exposure to sulfur dioxide can impair breathing, aggravate existing
respiratory diseases like bronchitis and reduce the ability of the lungs
to clear foreign particles.  Sulfur dioxide can also cause acid rain and
contribute to fine particle pollution.  Children, the elderly and people
with heart and lung conditions are the most sensitive to sulfur dioxide.
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