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Bethlehem Steel agrees to reduce pollution from plant

February 26, 1997

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Bethlehem Steel Corp. has agreed to cut by half the amount of toxic substances released from its Maryland plant and pay the state $350,000 for violating air pollution standards.

The agreement announced Tuesday resolves two Justice Department lawsuits against the steel manufacturer on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency and the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The company also agreed to develop a cleanup plan and assess how much waste is released into soil, groundwater and surface water by the Sparrows Point plant. Some of the plant’s waste eventually runs into Chesapeake Bay.

The agreement limits the release of kish, a metallic grit that has prompted complaints from residents for years.

``It gets in your doors, it hangs in your screen, it comes in your house,″ said Christine Gangi of Edgemere.

The plant produced 1.7 million pounds of toxic waste in 1994, the most recent year for which figures were available. About 1 million pounds were disposed of on land, while 222,000 pounds escaped into the air and 211,000 pounds went into creeks and rivers.

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