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Steelworkers Launch "Save Ohio Jobs" Ormet Campaign

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CLARINGTON, Ohio -

United Steelworkers members revealed a new campaign called "Save Ohio Jobs" Tuesday morning at Local 5724 in Clarington.

During the announcement, they unveiled a new video and website to further their campaign to restart Ormet's smelter in Hannibal.

In the coming days and weeks, the United Steel Workers will be calling on officials, community leaders, and the public to sign a statement asking Governor Kasich to use the power of his office to save the more than 1,000 jobs at Ormet. 

Hundreds turned out at the Clarington Union Hall on Tuesday morning, and the building was filled to capacity. The video featured at the event included multiple clips of Governor Kasich previously stating his determination to keep jobs in Ohio. The video also included clips of Ormet retirees and workers.

Organizers asked those in attendance to visit the website saveohiojobs.org to show their support and sign a petition.

(Related story: Kasich Responds to 'Save Ohio Jobs' Campaign)

Meanwhile, earlier this month, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency filed an objection against the shutdown of the Hannibal plant because of the problems it could pose to the environment. In the past, the soil and ground around the Ormet site have been contaminated with cyanide and fluoride, but Ormet has since remedied the contamination in the groundwater. However, in 2010, Ormet and the Ohio EPA reached a $12,000 settlement due to Ormet polluting the Ohio River between 2004 and 2009.

The objection filed by the Ohio EPA in United States Bankruptcy Court states the following: "Debtors must comply with applicable environmental laws just like any other owner of environmentally contaminated property... cleanup obligations under environmental laws are not dischargeable in bankruptcy."