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ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS: RAC DUMPING CYANIDE, OTHER TOXIC POLLUTION INTO OHIO RIVER

 ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS: RAC DUMPING CYANIDE, OTHER TOXIC POLLUTION
 INTO OHIO RIVER
 WASHINGTON and CHARLESTON, W.Va., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- National and West Virginia-area environmental leaders called for increased scrutiny of the toxic waste and other pollutants discharged by the Ravenswood Aluminum Corp. (RAC) into the Ohio River at an interactive dual-location press briefing held in both these cities today.
 "RAC is dumping over 2.5 tons of untreated cyanide in the Ohio River every year," said Diane Cameron of the Natural Resources Defense Council. "Dumping cyanide without treatment is a violation of the federal Clean Water Act.
 "It's imperative that the state of West Virginia require RAC to remove the cyanide from the water," Cameron said. "RAC's discharge can be treated with existing, obtainable technolgies -- if the company would only do it."
 Reports released by respected environmental scientists at the briefing demonstrated that in addition to dumping untreated cyanide into the river, RAC has also polluted the water and groundwater near the plant with lead, copper, zinc, oil and several hazardous chemicals found in solvents.
 The reports were produced to provde information to the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR), which is considering RAC's applications for pollution discharge permits.
 Earlier today in Charleston, several environmental leaders led by West Virginia Environmental Council Director Norm Steenstra personally presented WVDNR Director J. Edward Hamrick, III with copies of the reports and letter to Hamrick from several national and regional environmental organizations urging strong action by WVDNR to stop RAC's pollution of the Ohio.
 The organizations included the Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action, Friends of the Earth, National Toxics Campaign, the West Virginia Environmental Council, the Ohio Environmental Council and the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
 "We believe the WVDNR should act quickly on RAC's permits for wastewater discharge," said Ben Ross of Disposal Safety, Inc., an author of one of the reports. "But it's imperative that any permit that is issued requires RAC to follow the law."
 "We have to drink the water from the Ohio after it goes past Ravenswood," said Dianne Bady, director of the Huntington, W.Va.-based Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
 "If a company like RAC -- which has been subject to intense public scrutiny -- can get away with such lawless behavior," Bady said, "what will be done by other companies that receive less attention? And what will then become of our rivers and our health?"
 Also at the press briefing were representatives of the United Steelworkers of America (USW). According to the USW, RAC has locked out 1,700 members of the USW from its Ravenswood, W.Va., plant since Nov. 1, 1990.
 "RAC is in violation of several federal labor laws, as far as we're concerned," said Jack Sheehan, the USW's legislative director. "We want to be sure that RAC doesn't violate pollution laws, too."
 Sheehan, who is also a board member of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said that "it's always been the USW's position that industry can and should be friendly to the environment."
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 /CONTACT: Ben Ross of Disposal Safety, 202-293-3993; Norm Steenstra, West Virginia Environmental Council, 304-346-5891; or Gary Hubbard of USW, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442/ CO: Ravenswood Aluminum Corp.; United Steelworkers of America ST: West Virginia IN: MNG SU:


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