"Asarco Noose Tightens, But Who Will Hang?
It’s possible the issue could be decided by August, although because the process already has taken many twists, various elements could slow it down. That includes a potential change on the Commission that will decide the issue. Meanwhile, the TCEQ is reviewing the comments filed June 18.
Posted on June 29, 2007
The Asarco saga will come to a head this summer. Or not. But the noose is tightening …........................................"
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"But Asarco’s history also is an issue raised by permit opponents. The single largest issue is the question of hazardous waste illegally disposed at Asarco – how much, and what type? That question was raised in an agreed order in 1999, in which Asarco agreed to pay a fine but did not admit to wrongdoing. However, an EPA memo indicated that the agency wanted to take legal action. [Read the background for that story.]
As a result of that order, Asarco agreed to pay the city for paving alleys. [story]
For a primer on the Asarco issue, please see
Back to the most recent: Newspaper Tree presents seven documents filed June 18, 2007, outlining the issues now being argued by permit opponents and by Asarco.
New Mexico Department of Environmental Quality [link]
Office of Public Interest Counsel [link]
City of El Paso [link]
State Sen. Eliot Shapleigh [link]
Sierra Club [link]
Sunset Heights Acorn [link]"