Bethlehem Steel Corp., following the terms of an agreement to reduce pollution at its Lackawanna plant, today shut down one of its three coke ovens in a move that resulted in the layoff of 38 workers, a company spokesman said.
Bethlehem closed its No. 9 coke oven in Lackawanna under the terms of a consent order it signed last year with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Bethlehem agreed to dramatically cut the pollution coming from its Lackawanna coke ovens by installing up to $11 million in pollution-control equipment and closing the oven, which has had serious operating problems.
The layoffs will take effect July 1, the spokesman said.