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March 2007

Mittal Steel joins mercury-reduction effort

Mittal Steel USA has joined the effort to reduce mercury emissions by participating in the National Vehicle Mercury Switch Recovery Program.

Mittal Steel and other manufacturers are working to have these switches removed before entering the recycling stream.

The program, which will complement existing state efforts to reduce the use of mercury switches, is expected to reduce up to 75 tons of mercury emissions over the next 15 years.

Mittal and other participating steelmakers will work to educate and encourage their suppliers to participate in the program, and will take steps to buy scrap metal generated from participating dismantlers and recyclers that have removed the mercury-containing switches.

This program is the result of a two-year collaborative effort involving the American Iron and Steel Institute, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, the Automotive Recyclers Association, the Ecology Center, End of Life Vehicle Solutions Inc., the Environmental Council of the States, Environmental Defense, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, the Steel Manufacturers Association and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.


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