Research and creation done by Heather McMurray, x.heather[at]

Research and creation on the illegal actions of ASARCO El Paso smelter (from at least 1991 to 1998) done by Heather McMurray (Masters in Biological Sciences) from 2003 to current date, x.heather[at] content of my Blog has been used at UTEP, endorsed by 2007 Nobel Peace Prize team-winning author Dr. Devra Davis, and supported by various ex Asarco Workers, including the only ex-Asarco-worker to testify at the ASARCO El Paso 2005 Air Permit renewal Hearing, and others whom I deeply respect for their concern about the poisoning of of water, and health of our children. My qualifications include attending Chatham University that Rachel Carson attended (author of "Silent Spring"), receiving Masters in Biology from Professor who was last student of Nobel prize winner in medicine at Oxford University, Great Britain (Dr. Niko Tinbergen), and being designated a certified highly qualified composite science teacher through UTEP. I was the person who singlehandedly uncovered the 1998 73 page confidential for settlement purposes only US DOJ EPA ASARCO document (NY Times front page 10, 2006, I paid @300$ to post a news release I wrote,it caught attention of NYTimes reporter...I was teaching so Bill Guerra Addington, of the Sierra Blanca Dump Fight answered his call and as result of that conversation , the reporter did the national story); the 1994-5 Asarco Supervisor's whistle-blower's report; the information that Asarco had installed a site-wide water purification/distillation unit that removed radioactive wastes; that a local resident has house dust test information showing that nuclear control rod material called hafnium is found in greater quantities closer to our El Paso smelter; that El Paso has a critical home RADON GAS problem from radioactive radium in the soil outside their home (I presented the authors' paper to the La Paz Accord International JAC committee @2009 who took no action, headed by US EPA Co-chair Bill Luthans) ; and that 3 of the companies caught sending illegal materials for smelting in El Paso were US DOE High level Radioactive Waste Disposal contractors -- including ASARCO (paper published mid 1990's by US DOE Idaho Nat. Lab). In 12/1998 when Asarco began to talk about idling the El Paso plant, their decision came only 2 months after the Sierra Blanca Nuclear dump fight forced TX to deny a license for a nuclear dump site Oct/98, and I discovered EPA data showing how that the winter that the EPA reported El Paso TX had the highest Beta Radiation Levels in the nation -- higher than Oak Ridge TN. Side Note: Sierra Club was not connected to this research/work in any way. The work stands on its own merits in this blog and the attached documents in Scribe gathered on my own and from various sources. Respected Industrial geologists, scientists and attorneys have commented that this work is excellent work and rely on it.

I was non-renewed and regionally blacklisted from working again after disclosing Asarco's impact to our water. Very Sad when the community was afraid to back me up publicly, and I watched this happen to at least two other people. 3 of the 5 who handled the process and vote to non-renew me were later caught in criminal conduct including stealing. One (a former policeman) was recently put into federal prison for four years. The community needs to know what actually happened so that the bad people who allowed a lot of this to go on do not continue to have the power they have. But many are extremely powerful and people are still afraid. Some pose as model citizens and you do not dare to challenge that. Dr. Davis (part of a team that won the 2007 Nobel Peace prize) thanked me for my courage, in a handwritten preface to her 2nd book; and, Mexican activist Selfa Chew (senior, Mother of Dr. Mariana Chew who worked for Sierra Club several years before abandoning the job for another to run the sewage treatment plant in Anapra NM), who started the first labor union across from Asarco wrote me a card in 2008 saying , " Gracias por compastir con migo tos Ideales" among other kind words for my work researching Asarco. Professors Lin Nelson and Ann Fischel in WA wrote, ""to reaffirm what Veronica (Carbajal esq.) said so well, we join with others in honoring the work you have done, the sacrifices you have made...your work on the DOJ materials ("asarco secret document NYTimes 10/06) and your vigilance in bringing it into the light of day is of central significance" (email 12-apr-10). One of my students wrote me years later, " I'm proud and honored that you were my biology teacher." I continue to thank those who stood by me, support me, and say good words not gossip to others. I especially wish to thank Tammy in Corpus who told me about the blue alligator.

EPA, TCEQ, El Paso and San Antonio TRLA, Lois Gibb's group and exworkers from El Paso/citizens are working to "clean up" Encycle/Corpus Christi. Resident and Sierra Club Executive board member, Juan Garza (profiled in Sierra Club magazine 04-05) never revealed and will not release all the full metals analyses from his homes' attic dusts showing how hafnium levels (in nuclear control rods) are higher near our El Paso Asarco site than further away. Why? El Paso (whose smelter burned the stuff from ENCYCLE) drolls over the Asarco land ....El Paso's children are sacrificed to a nearly billion dollar elevated highway transportation project running right through the worst of the worst poisons from Encycle along El Paso's site... that will benefit....whom? Not the ex-workers. Not TRLA. Not the IBWC workers at American dam next to our El Paso Asarco site. How about it maybe aiding the the San Jeronimo Santa Teresa development next door (heavily involved with Washington DC's Rep. O'Rourke's billionaire Father-in-Law, Bill Sanders whose former high level exec. has run the US Carlyle Realty Group)? WAKE UP CORPUS CHRISTI because you are being sacrificed, too. EPA is still withholding the remainder of evidence from you. Powers that be plan to build an elementary school right on top of the El Paso smelter old Lead (Pb) dump) -- where are the ex-workers protesting, in El Paso? Where is TRLA in El Paso? Where is the rep. from Lois Gibb's group when this was the hottest radioactive city in America in 1998 the year she personally gave nuclear activist in El Paso (Bill Addington) an Award for a 56 day fast (no food, just mineral water)? Why is El Paso left out? Why? I cry tears of frustration and grief for our children and water supply, for the sick at IBWC who fought for us since 2001, and the ex-workers who care about the next generations in El Paso, the 3 year olds fighting heart disease and leukemias; the brain cancers and MS. Until EPA or TCEQ hand over the critical split samples I have asked for for 8 years, or the invoices from the 1998 USDOJ EPA secret document ---- then EPA is lying to ALL of us. They are lying to Corpus Christi, El Paso, East Helena and other past Asarco sites.... because Asarco was and probably still is a US DOE HLRW disposal contractor. And EPA and Asarco ought to prove to us that this is not being continued in Hayden, AZ by giving a split sample of that stack's emissions' to the community: Corpus Christi got one (those families in that law suit got $$). But El Paso never did get a stack emissions sample - ever. The El Paso trustee forced us to watch that black soot flow out of the stacks over many communities when he brought down the stacks -- but somehow he/TCEQ/EPA could never share a sample of it....

...Luke 9:62 "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God"


Monday, February 25, 2008

Link to CNN transcript of the ASARCO El Paso Video "scorched earth...."

Still no mention of the TOXIC WASTE. WOW!!!! How do they ** DO ** this?

No mention about how close the smelter is to our drinking water........

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