Oregon Steel Calls Union-Led Lawsuit Frivolous, Waste of Taxpayers' Money

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.

    PORTLAND, Ore., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by
 Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.:
 
     Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. (NYSE:   OS) is in compliance with the Clean Air
 Act and views a lawsuit filed by the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and
 other groups as harassment of the company and a gross waste of taxpayer funds,
 a spokesperson said today.
     Oregon Steel Mills said it has learned that the USWA and two other groups
 have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging that OSM has violated
 its Clean Air Act Permit.
     "We strongly object to the intent of this lawsuit and want to point out to
 all concerned that this is yet another tactic by the Steelworkers to harass
 the company while a labor dispute the union initiated is working its way
 through the National Labor Relations Board and the courts," said
 Vicki Tagliafico, director of communications and planning.
     Tagliafico said the company expected the lawsuit to be filed since the
 union made the announcement of intent to sue during an earlier media event.
     "The fact is, our company has an excellent record of operating under its
 Clean Air Act permit.  Moreover, OSM's actual emission rates are significantly
 below its permit limits and these observations can be verified by examining
 EPA and DEQ records," Tagliafico said.  "In fact, both the EPA and the DEQ
 have told us that the company has a very good environmental record," she
 continued.
     The USWA corporate campaign against Oregon Steel and its subsidiary,
 Rocky Mountain Steel Mills, has involved both the United States Environmental
 Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
 (DEQ), among other federal and state agencies.
     "The union has shown total disregard for the taxpayers' money by filing
 this lawsuit," Tagliafico said. "This is especially disturbing when public
 agencies' staff members and budgets need to focus on protecting the
 environment, not responding to frivolous lawsuits.  Because we are in
 compliance, this action will not result in any benefit to the environment."
     Last December, the DEQ found only one reporting violation that occurred in
 October, 1995, from among all of the issues that the Steelworkers raised.  In
 addition, OSM understands that the DEQ met with the Steelworkers and explained
 to them that a significant number of the alleged violations in the notice
 letter were factually incorrect.
     "OSM places a high priority on environmental compliance and since we are
 in compliance, we believe the Steelworkers' action is totally without merit
 and just one more attempt to hurt our reputation," Tagliafico said.
 
 

SOURCE Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.
    PORTLAND, Ore., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by
 Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.:
 
     Oregon Steel Mills, Inc. (NYSE:   OS) is in compliance with the Clean Air
 Act and views a lawsuit filed by the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and
 other groups as harassment of the company and a gross waste of taxpayer funds,
 a spokesperson said today.
     Oregon Steel Mills said it has learned that the USWA and two other groups
 have filed a complaint in U.S. District Court alleging that OSM has violated
 its Clean Air Act Permit.
     "We strongly object to the intent of this lawsuit and want to point out to
 all concerned that this is yet another tactic by the Steelworkers to harass
 the company while a labor dispute the union initiated is working its way
 through the National Labor Relations Board and the courts," said
 Vicki Tagliafico, director of communications and planning.
     Tagliafico said the company expected the lawsuit to be filed since the
 union made the announcement of intent to sue during an earlier media event.
     "The fact is, our company has an excellent record of operating under its
 Clean Air Act permit.  Moreover, OSM's actual emission rates are significantly
 below its permit limits and these observations can be verified by examining
 EPA and DEQ records," Tagliafico said.  "In fact, both the EPA and the DEQ
 have told us that the company has a very good environmental record," she
 continued.
     The USWA corporate campaign against Oregon Steel and its subsidiary,
 Rocky Mountain Steel Mills, has involved both the United States Environmental
 Protection Agency (EPA) and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
 (DEQ), among other federal and state agencies.
     "The union has shown total disregard for the taxpayers' money by filing
 this lawsuit," Tagliafico said. "This is especially disturbing when public
 agencies' staff members and budgets need to focus on protecting the
 environment, not responding to frivolous lawsuits.  Because we are in
 compliance, this action will not result in any benefit to the environment."
     Last December, the DEQ found only one reporting violation that occurred in
 October, 1995, from among all of the issues that the Steelworkers raised.  In
 addition, OSM understands that the DEQ met with the Steelworkers and explained
 to them that a significant number of the alleged violations in the notice
 letter were factually incorrect.
     "OSM places a high priority on environmental compliance and since we are
 in compliance, we believe the Steelworkers' action is totally without merit
 and just one more attempt to hurt our reputation," Tagliafico said.
 
 SOURCE  Oregon Steel Mills, Inc.

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