U. S. Steel First American Integrated Steel Company to Register All Domestic Steelmaking Facilities Under ISO 14001
United States Steel Corporation (NYSE: X), a major supplier of value-added steel to the automotive industry, has become the first American integrated steelmaker to have all of its domestic steelmaking facilities registered under the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) standard -- the only internationally recognized EMS certified by independent auditors. Registration of U. S. Steel's facilities came only after extensive audits by firms accredited to assess and certify compliance with the standard.
The International Organization for Standardization in Geneva, Switzerland, finalized the ISO 14001 standard in the fall of 1996 as a global measurement of environmental management systems. Its overall aim is to support environmental protection and prevent pollution. By subscribing to this standard, U. S. Steel has made a firm commitment not only to comply with all applicable regulations but to continuously implement new projects to protect and enhance the environment. In addition, adherence to the ISO 14001 EMS standard will allow U. S. Steel to demonstrate sound environmental performance by controlling the impact of its manufacturing operations on the environment. Finally, U. S. Steel will use structured audits, conducted both internally and by independent third parties, to assess its environmental performance and to ensure continued adherence to the ISO 14001 standard.
"We are proud of our accomplishment," said Thomas J. Usher, chairman, CEO and president of U. S. Steel. "U. S. Steel and its employees are committed to being an industry leader in safety, quality, service and environmental performance. And achieving ISO 14001 registration at our steelmaking facilities clearly demonstrates our dedication to continuous environmental improvement and to going beyond compliance to set new standards of environmental performance."
U. S. Steel is the country's largest integrated steelmaker with an annual domestic raw steel capability of 12.8 million tons. Its steelmaking operations include Gary Works in Gary, Ind., Mon Valley Works in Pittsburgh, Pa., and Fairfield Works in Birmingham, Ala. In 1998, U. S. Steel's Clairton Works in Clairton, Pa., the country's largest coke plant, became the first steel facility in North America to establish an ISO 14001 EMS and have it independently certified. U. S. Steel's PRO-TEC joint venture, which produces automotive grade hot dip galvanized steel, is also registered under this stringent environmental standard.
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