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USS-POSCO RECEIVES PERMIT TO OPERATE

 USS-POSCO RECEIVES PERMIT TO OPERATE
 PITTSBURG, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the largest


modernization efforts in California history officially was completed yesterday afternoon when USS-POSCO Industries (UPI) was issued a Permit to Operate by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD).
 UPI's modernization program was begun in 1986 and included the replacement of World War II-vintage steel finishing equipment with highly sophisticated steelmaking facilities and advanced environmental control technology at a cost of $450 million. The permit confirms UPI's ability to operate this new equipment consistent with stringent environmental standards and allows the company to continue its production of finished steel products.
 "Our modernization has been a complex and sometimes frustrating process. However, receiving this permit shows what can be accomplished when everybody from the guy on the line to the guy in the corner office turns a tough job into a team effort," said Leonard H. Chuderewicz, USS-POSCO president.
 According to Zane O. Gresham, of Morrison and Foerster, and lead attorney for UPI since the environmental permitting process began in 1986, the final hurdles were BAAQMD certification of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), also approved yesterday, and issuance of the Permit to Operate.
 "The EIR notes the significant reduction in the use of hazardous materials and production of hazardous waste due to the installation of state-of-the-art steel finishing technology," said Gresham. "In addition, the development of innovative pollution control technology for diesel powered ships used in direct delivery of semi-finished steel to UPI was found to significantly reduce air emissions."
 Chuderewicz added, "We are committed to maintaining the highest environmental standards at USS-POSCO and finding ways to increase our ability to compete so that we may continue to be a strong contributor to this region's economy."
 USS-POSCO Industries is a California general partnership, the partners of which are Pitcal Inc., a direct wholly owned subsidiary of USX Corp. and POSCO-California Corp., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Pohang Iron & Steel Co., Ltd., of the Republic of Korea.
 Since completion of UPI's modernization, air emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) have been cut by more than 90 percent, and hazardous wastes generated by the company also have been reduced by 96 percent.
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