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OREGON STEEL MILLS INC. RECEIVES GOVERNOR'S AWARD FOR TOXIC USE REDUCTION

 PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Governor Barbara Roberts announced today that Oregon Steel Mills Inc. (NYSE: OS) is the recipient of the 1993 Governor's Award for Toxic Use Reduction. In its third year, the award recognizes innovative programs which reduce or eliminate toxic waste through new technology, changes in production or materials, improved operations or equipment and research or education programs.
 A key element in Oregon Steel Mills' waste reduction program was the introduction of the Glassification(TM) process, in use at their Portland facility. The process was developed as an environmentally responsible way of dealing with the hazardous waste K061 -- electric arc furnace (EAF) dust. EAF dust is a by-product of the steel-making process and represents the second largest hazardous waste stream in the United States. The process uses 100 percent of the EAF dust to produce a non- hazardous glass frit and results in the complete consumption of the dust, with no waste.
 Tom Boklund, chairman and chief executive officer of Oregon Steel Mills, stated that "we are pleased and honored to be recognized by Governor Roberts for our efforts in toxic waste reduction. We believe this award represents confirmation of our commitment to produce quality products within the framework of a conscientious stewardship of the environment."
 The Glassification process uses EAF dust as a substitute for mineral powders in the glass-making process. The end products include blasting grit, roofing granules, colorants and glazes; and when remelted can be cast into glass ceramic tiles. The process also utilizes other waste streams that would normally require disposal, including slag, mill scale and spent refractories.
 According to Boklund, "Approximately 650,000 tons of EAF dust are generated annually in the United States alone. The utilization of the Glassification process could have a far-reaching impact on hazardous waste reduction worldwide."
 Oregon Steel Mills produces steel plate and pipe from plants located in Portland; Fontana and Napa, Calif.; and Camrose, Alberta. Its Pueblo, Colo. plant, CF&I, produces steel rail, rod, bar and tubular products.
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 /CONTACT: Vicki Tagliafico of Oregon Steel Mills, 503-240-5226/
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