September 21, 2007
The cities of El Paso, Ciudad Juarez and Sunland Park are trying to block the reopening of a massive copper smelter in the heart of town. It’s been mothballed since 1999, but the current owners are trying to get permission from the state of Texas to start up again. I wasn’t here at the time, but apparently when it was open, the pollution was pretty bad on the west side and in Anapra. In any event, this 19th century smelter would provide no significant economic benefit and would run counter to all the recent positive developments in the city.
This is a genius idea from Robert Ardovino. It looks like there’ll be thousands of people in front of Asarco for a photo which will be sent up to Rick Perry and co., posted on billboards in Austin etc. They ask that we show up at 5.30 and wear a white shirt. The picture will be taken at 6pm
Here’s the flyer: