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NATIONAL STEEL BEGINNING TO CURTAIL OPERATIONS

 MISHAWAKA, Ind., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- National Steel Corporation (NYSE: NS) said today that it has begun to shut down blast furnaces and other equipment to prepare for the possibility that a new labor agreement may not be reached with the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) before the midnight, July 31, expiration of the present contract.
 "Much of our steelmaking equipment requires a period of two to three days to shut down without endangering the integrity of the equipment," said Ronald H. Doerr, president and chief operating officer. "We are still hopeful that a settlement can be reached, but we cannot prudently wait any longer before starting to shut down those pieces of equipment that require the longest lead times.
 "National and the USWA have been bargaining for more than five months to reach a contract that is fair and equitable to both parties," Doerr said. "We're disappointed that we have not been able to reach an agreement, but we remain hopeful that this can still be accomplished without a stoppage of work."
 The USWA represents about 6,300 employees at National's two integrated steel mills, a finishing mill, an iron ore operation and its corporate headquarters. The company's total employment is approximately 10,100.
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 /CONTACT: media, Robert R. Toothman, in Pittsburgh, 412-391-1469, or 219-273-7552, or analysts, Joseph A. Rainis, 219-273-7158, both of National Steel/
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