ArcelorMittal Says French Pollution Allegations Are Groundless
The world’s largest steelmaker, ArcelorMittal, said on Tuesday that its internal investigation had found allegations of illicit dumping of acid waste from a French plant were groundless, Reuters reported.
The allegations were made in a French newspaper, the Republicain Lorrain, by a former temporary worker of a sub-contractor responsible for disposing of toxic waste from the plant at Florange in northeastern France.
The company said in a statement that the waste in question was not dangerous and had been disposed of in line with regulations.
It said no dumping of pure acid had been done either at a storage area of the Florange site or in the wild.
“Our internal investigation concludes that there is neither fraud nor pollution,” said Eric Niedziela, CEO of ArcelorMittal Atlantique and Lorraine.
ArcelorMittal in Kazakhstan
In Kazakhstan, ArcelorMittal transforms locally mined iron ore and coal into high-value flat and long steel products, as well as large diameter pipes.
ArcelorMittal Group is represented by ArcelorMittal Temirtau which operates the integrated steel plant, coal mines and iron ore mines, and by ArcelorMittal Tubular Products Aktau which operates the pipe plant, protective coating line, laboratory and testing complex and pipe yard.
ArcelorMittal Temirtau is the largest producer in Kazakhstan’s steel and mining sector. The integrated steel plant located in Temirtau has an annual capacity of 4 million tons of crude steel and produces hot and cold rolled steel, tin plates, galvanized steel and polymer-coated coils, welded pipes, coke, and chemical by-products. The company also operates 8 coal mines across Karaganda region and 4 iron ore mines in Central and Northern Kazakhstan.
The steel plant commissioned in 1960 became part of ArcelorMittal in 1995. Having overcome considerable difficulties after the acquisition, the company stabilized steel and mining operations and implemented a series of strategic initiatives to upgrade technology, improve health and safety and environmental performance, and ensure long-term competitiveness in the market.
This turnaround revived the communities across the region and ArcelorMittal has become a magnet for the development of local small and medium businesses.