Sustainability-Environmental-Biodiversity - www.ussteel.com
We respect the biodiversity of areas surrounding our operations.
Whether within our plants or through our raw material mining operations, U. S. Steel’s footprint stretches over a large portion of the countries where we operate. Within that expanse, we operate in a variety of environments that each have different climates, flora, and fauna. It is our responsibility to respect the environments surrounding our operations and maintain their biodiversity. Because each site is unique, we tailor operating procedures and protection plans to minimize the impacts to biodiversity.
- We consider the impacts on wildlife, including protected species, when applying for construction and operating permits.
- We develop and promote the development of wildlife habitats on and around our facilities.
- We remediate and restore former U. S. Steel properties, allowing them to be used for new residential, commercial and industrial purposes.
SPOTLIGHT: BIODIVERSITY PROJECTS
GREAT LAKES WORKS
DETROIT RIVER HABITAT
U. S. Steel’s Great Lakes Works and the organization Friends of the Detroit River collaborated to complete a habitat restoration project along a portion of the Detroit River. Land was cleared and new trees and shrubs were planted. Sand runways were constructed to help turtles reach nesting areas along the riverbank. Bird boxes and a snake habitat were also constructed. The project was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Officer through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant.
ENROLLMENT IN MINNESOTA’S
SUSTAINABLE FOREST INCENTIVE ACT
In 2007, U. S. Steel’s Keetac facility enrolled 10,420 acres of its property in a Minnesota program created by the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act. This allows the general public to have year-round, non-motorized access to the property for purposes of hunting, trapping and other outdoor activities. The availability of this property to the general public is a significant contribution to the region, providing local residents access to an area that is rich in wildlife and natural resources.