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UNITED STEELWORKERS ISSUES UPDATE ON BAYOU STEEL ENVIRONMENTAL AUDIT

 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) has announced today that it has completed a major portion of its environmental audit of Bayou Steel Corporation's (AMEX: BYX) facility in LaPlace, La. The audit was initiated by the union as a result of environmental, safety and health concerns raised by its members at the facility, and by residents who live near the plant.
 "Given the seriousness of the allegations and the fact that we are involved in a labor dispute at the plant, we decided to have an independent environmental engineering firm conduct the audit," stated James Valenti, USWA safety and health specialist.
 The audit has been in progress for several months. Since the union raised its environmental concerns, the company has taken out a full-page ad in local newspapers boasting their environmental record, the union said.
 Ron Ferraro, president of Local Union 9121, stated, "Bayou is trying to paint itself as an environmentally friendly company with the public, but the workers at the plant know differently. This plant can be a safe place to work in and live near if management chose to run it that way, but for some reason it chooses not to."
 The union has met with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to discuss its audit and said it is hopeful that the DEQ will take action to abate Bayou's environmental ills. A copy of the audit was provided to Bayou Steel Corporation prior to the meeting with the DEQ.
 The independent audit conducted by Disposal Safety Incorporated, a leading environmental engineering firm, focused on four principle areas:
 -- Management of hazardous wastes regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA);
 -- Atmospheric releases of pollutants;
 -- Wastewater discharges, which are regulated under the Clean Water Act; and
 -- Reporting of releases of toxic chemicals as required under various environmental laws.
 "The audit expresses our concern for the community, something that is totally lacking from Bayou Steel executives," said Richard Davis, USWA vice president-elect. "To them it's business at any expense, even if human lives are involved."
 Valenti said, "Contrary to what Bayou Steel says, the audit indicates serious flaws in its environmental compliance record. This company is not the environmentally friendly company that it tries to paint itself to be. We question why this company would let safety, health and environmental concerns raised by its workforce and neighbors fall on deaf ears for so long."
 Copies of the environmental audit are available to the public at Local Union 9121 headquarters.
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 /CONTACT: Maurice Simoneaux of USWA Local 9121, 504-652-1439; James Valenti of the USWA, 315-488-4338; or Gary Hubbard of USWA Communications, 412-562-2442/
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