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BETHLEHEM LAYS OFF 38 AT COKE OVEN

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.

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