Dear Mr. Pease:
The environmental information displayed on the Scorecard web site presents
a distorted picture of our company.
Your presentation, indicating that W & W Steel Company released 99,531
pounds of toxic material in 1997, is erroneous. The zinc compound reported
in our TRI was inorganic zinc dust, a non-carcinogenic material. This
product was mixed with a hardening compound, then applied as a protective
coating to our structural steel product. The inorganic material left our
plant as a steel coating. Nothing was released as implied.
Additionally, your web site captions our TRI as stack air or fugitive air
release. Again presenting a false picture of our company. W & W Steel
Company is a fabricator of structural steel. A steel fabricator purchases
steel products from a steel mill. We do not produce steel. We fabricate
finished mill steel into structures, such as, office buildings, aircraft
hangars, schools and warehouses. Each project is different. Some require
protective coatings and some do not. If not for these coatings, we would
have no TRI to report. W & W Steel emits no fumes and produces no smoke.
W & W Steel has an open door policy to members of the community. Tours of
our facility are welcomed.
W & W Steel Company
Jim Brown, Vice President