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USW: RAC DUMPING CYANIDE, OTHER TOXIC WASTES IN OHIO RIVER, ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS SHOW

 USW: RAC DUMPING CYANIDE, OTHER TOXIC WASTES IN OHIO RIVER,
 ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS SHOW
 Environmental coalition to oppose issuance of waste permits,
 hold interactive dual-location press briefing
 Representatives of several West Virginia environmental organizations, including the West Virginia Environmental Council, opposing the issuance of pollutant discharge permits to the Ravenswood Aluminum Corporation (RAC) will present reports detailing serious, illegal pollution of the Ohio River by RAC on Thursday, April 2.
 The reports will be presented in person to J. Edward Hamrick III, the director of the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (WVDNR) at 10 a.m. in the WVDNR offices in Building 3, room 669, of the Capitol Complex in Charleston, W.Va. Photo opportunities will be available.
 A press briefing will follow at 11 a.m. in the offices of the West Virginia Environmental Coalition, 1324 Virginia St., East, in Charleston with an audio link to a simultaneous press briefing to be held at the Friends of the Earth offices in Washington, with representatives of national environmental groups who also oppose the issuance of a discharge permit to RAC.
 If unable to attend the press briefing, media will still be able to participate through an interactive telephone link with both the Charleston and Washington locations.
 The participants in the events will be:
 In Charleston --
 -- Norm Steenstra, West Virginia Environmental Coalition;
 -- Dianne Bady, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition; and
 -- Bill Doyle, vice president and Health & Safety Committee
 chair, United Steelworkers of America (USW) Local 5668.
 In Washington --
 -- Ben Ross, Disposal Safety Inc. and author of one of the
 environmental reports on RAC discharge;
 -- Jack Sheehan, legislative director, USW; and
 -- Diane Cameron, Natural Resources Defense Council.
 To participate in the briefing by telephone and be able to ask questions, media should call Phil Smith or Jeff Zack at 202-331-3700 by 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 1, to reserve a phone line. Reservations are limited, and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
 Participating media will be called prior to the beginning of the 11 a.m. press briefing and patched through.
 To listen only to the briefing, media should call 1-800-220-1451 and ask for the "Telephone briefing about RAC polluting theenvironment."
 CONTACT: Ben Ross of Disposal Safety Inc., in Washington, 202-293-3993; Norm Steenstra of West Virginia Environmental Council, 304-346-5891; or Gary Hubbard of USW Communications, in Pittsburgh, 412-562-2442.
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