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  •  ASARCO got permit renewal 2 weeks ago (0+ / 0-)

    Asarco permit renewed, opponents outraged

    By: Adriana Gomez Licon
    Posted: 2/12/08
    AUSTIN -- At their Austin headquarters, the three commissioners of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality unanimously approved the air-quality permit Asarco had been seeking since 2002, causing dismay among the company's opponents.

    State representatives and city of El Paso officials urged the TCEQ commissioners to cooperate with them in making Asarco operate in compliance by asking them to enforce the use of more monitors that will detect lead emissions, one of the biggest concerns of residents of El Paso, Cd. Juárez and Anapra, N.M.
    "Asarco should not be allowed to start out until it complies with additional requirements," said TCEQ commissioner Larry R. Soward. He said that they couldn't disapprove the air permit if they were meeting the protective requirements. "We really have no choice," he added.
    Dave Cortez, justice environment organizer for El Paso's Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), said that even more than opposing the approval of the air permit, "We want to know what was in the hazardous material they burned in 1999."

    Kathleen Zurlinden, a member of Students for Reform organization at UTEP, said they were going to keep on fighting until they could get Asarco to close.
    "It's not something that's going to move us forward," Zurlinden said. "It's going affect so many students from El Paso, or others coming from Mexico, New Mexico. UTEP is located less than a mile away from the copper smelter--students will be directly affected by all these contaminants coming into the air."

    #3: defend network neutrality; #2: defend electoral integrity; #1: defend ecosystemic sustainability.

    by ivote2004 on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 04:43:23 AM PST

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    •  the political lineup (0+ / 0-)

      Bernardo Escudero Ortega, director of the Department of Ecology and Civil Protection in Ciudad Juárez, expressed Mexico's opposition to Asarco's reopening along with Texas Senator Eliot Shapleigh.
      "Asarco lies right in the middle of a major metropolitan area," said Shapleigh. "No American city has a smelter like that located in the heart of a city," he said.
      Shapleigh said the federal government and Chihuahua state officials had presented a unanimous vote against the approval of the air permit. Shapleigh also said Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico had strongly expressed opposition against the reopening of the smelter. Shapleigh said that Chihuahua and New Mexico have been stronger allies than the state of Texas, "Governor Perry has been silent."
      Shapleigh compares the Asarco dilemma with watching one of your children being beaten. "That's how I feel about El Paso," he said.

      #3: defend network neutrality; #2: defend electoral integrity; #1: defend ecosystemic sustainability.

      by ivote2004 on Mon Feb 25, 2008 at 05:15:55 AM PST

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