"THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING"
--Burke

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Why is there an Asarco A.G. Swiss Bank (Asarco SA, Asarco inc.) and why did our Justice System send the UBS Swiss Bank whistle blower to prison (but not the bankers?)

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE5BT4DJ20091230

"Bradley Birkenfeld, a 44-year-old U.S. citizen, has been hailed by whistleblower advocates and U.S. prosecutors alike as pivotal to the case against UBS... targeted in a wide probe by U.S. authorities for helping U.S. tax cheats to hide assets in UBS accounts...Birkenfeld seems both angered and stunned by the fact that he is due to enter prison on January 8 for a 40-month term.

Birkenfeld was handed his sentence by a Florida district court judge in August, two days after U.S. and Swiss authorities signed a pact in which Switzerland agreed to reveal the names of about 4,450 wealthy American clients of UBS to U.S. tax investigators.

No other UBS bankers have been jailed in connection with the massive tax fraud case."



THE IRONY ABOUT ASARCO EL PASO: EPA Seeks Public Input on Interim Guidance for Dioxins in Soil Cleanup Goals

What irony -- the EPA and TCEQ have failed to disclose the amounts of dioxins around the ASARCO El Paso Plant even though it has been three years since the public-release of the EPA-DOJ Asarco confidential for settlement purposes only document that let us know ASARCO burned unmanifested wastes for profit for years.  Dioxins are extremely common around secondary smelters and copper smelters.   Yet, after YEARS of repeated requests, our community still does not have access to this basic information.  This is appalling and a serious comment on the lack of scientific integrity of our National and State Environmental protection agencies.

Dear Stakeholders / Interested Parties:
 Today [DEC-31-09]  the Agency asked the public to comment on the draft interim remediation plans for cleaning up dioxins in soil. Details are below. Be sure to read more about the draft recommended guidance and how to comment at: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/remedy/sfremedy/remedies/dioxinsoil.html   Best wishes for a Happy New Year,  Bonnie Piper Office of Public Outreach Office of Public Engagement Office of the Administrator O: 202-564-7836 Fax: 202-501-1770 email:  piper.bonnie@epa.gov   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dec. 31, 2009  EPA Seeks Public Input on Interim Guidance for Dioxins in Soil Cleanup Goals  WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it is seeking public comment on draft interim preliminary remediation goals (PRGs) for cleanup of dioxins in soil.  Today’s announcement fulfills a commitment by EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson to announce interim cleanup goals by the end of 2009.  Dioxins are contaminants that are very widespread in the environment that have been of concern to EPA and the public health community for decades.  This action would strengthen EPA’s preliminary remediation goals at dioxin contaminated sites.  “While EPA works to complete the dioxin reassessment, this interim guidance will help us make better informed decisions on cleanup alternatives at contaminated sites,” said Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response. “We are following through on our commitment to use the best available science to help protect human health and the environment.”  Dioxins may cause a large number of different health effects, like cancer and reproductive effects. Dioxins are of concern because they are the result of combustion, and are absorbed from the air into the food chain where they can stay for many years.  Currently, EPA’s recommended dioxin PRGs are 1,000 part per trillion (ppt) for dioxin in residential soil and a level within the range of 5,000-20,000 ppt in commercial/industrial soil.  The draft interim PRGs proposed today are 72 ppt for residential land uses and 950 ppt for commercial/industrial land uses, thus lowering the amount of dioxins levels for residential land uses and commercial/industrial land uses.  In addition, the draft interim PRGs differ from the current dioxin PRGs in that they include consideration of the potential absorption of dioxin through skin exposure.  This will provide a tool for site evaluation that was not available when EPA last recommended PRGs for dioxins in soil in 1998.  In 1991, in light of significant new data on the potential human health effects of dioxins, EPA began the development of a comprehensive evaluation of exposure and human health effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD), the most toxic of the group of chemicals known as dioxins, and other dioxin-like compounds. This draft dioxins assessment has been through several independent external peer reviews, the latest a 2004 review by a scientific panel convened by the National Academy of Sciences. When the EPA dioxin risk assessment is complete, it will be the agency’s scientific foundation for future decision-making about dioxins in the environment.  EPA will be taking public comment on the draft interim PRGs for 50 days following publication in the Federal Register, and anticipates issuing the final interim PRGs in June 2010.  Upon completion of the dioxins reassessment, currently expected by the end of 2010, EPA will consider the need to update the interim PRGs.  More information on the draft recommended interim PRGs and how to comment: http://www.epa.gov/superfund/policy/remedy/sfremedy/remedies/dioxinsoil.html   R401

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

20091230 "Obama Curbs Secrecy of Classified Documents "

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/30/us/politics/30secrets.html

"...President Obama declared on Tuesday that “no information may remain classified indefinitely” as part of a sweeping overhaul of the executive branch’s system for protecting classified national security information.

In an executive order and an accompanying presidential memorandum to agency heads, Mr. Obama signaled that the government should try harder to make information public if possible, including by requiring agencies to regularly review what kinds of information they classify and to eliminate any obsolete secrecy requirements.

“Agency heads shall complete on a periodic basis a comprehensive review of the agency’s classification guidance, particularly classification guides, to ensure the guidance reflects current circumstances and to identify classified information that no longer requires protection and can be declassified,” Mr. Obama wrote in the order..."


Monday, December 28, 2009

additional ASARCO El Paso information available online in an easy format

Link to Government Regulations regarding ASARCO El Paso

Google Alert - United Steel Workers last August 2009 opposed ASARCO court recommendation

The Steelworkers Union Attorneys [along with the Federal DOJ, the EPA, the TCEQ and N.M. Env. Dept.] failed to ask the Courts to look at the liabilities from ASARCO illegally burning unmanifested toxic-wastes (hazardous wastes) for years in both El Paso TX and E. Helena, MT.  WHY??!!

District Information Center | United Steelworkers
USW Opposes ASARCO Bankruptcy Recommendation ... Throughout the more than four years that ASARCO has been in bankruptcy, Asarco, Inc. has been displaced ...

"According to Robert LaVenture, Director of USW District 12 and chairman of bargaining with ASARCO, the USW is continuing to closely analyze the bankruptcy’s court lengthy report. LaVenture stated that “the USW believes the bankruptcy court failed to deal with the Union's key argument that Grupo Mexico’s proposed plan of reorganization cannot and should not be confirmed because of its failure to reach a new labor agreement with the USW, which is an obligation found in the current collective bargaining agreement.”  LaVenture states that the Union intends to file pleadings in the district court addressing what the USW believes to be the legal and other errors in the bankruptcy court’s recommendation."

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Who gamed the Bankruptcy system?

WHY DID THE ENTIRE BANKRUPTCY "SYSTEM" IGNORE THE LIABILITIES FROM what the EPA/DOJ told us (after 8 years of secrecy!) was THE ILLEGAL and SECRET BURNING OF UNMANIFESTED WASTES FOR PROFIT, incinerated over YEARS?!  Who exactly gamed the Bankruptcy system?  The owners of ASARCO or the regulators?  We have evidence that the regulators knew what happened and concealed it in 2001 from the community.  What deals have been made to sacrifice the peoples of the Paso del Norte region to this contamination, and why?!?

Why has the Asarco Bankruptcy completely ignored what was almost a decade of illegal toxic poisons spread over El Paso/Juarez/N.M. and E. Helena MT by these burnings of military and industrial unreported wastes??  

Rep. Reyes, Chair of the House Intelligence Committee said that Asarco paid MILLIONS on condition that the details of what it had done were never made public.    WHY WERE THESE POISONS NEVER MADE PUBLIC?  Why couldn't the Chair of the House Intelligence Committee make these poisons public?   Why have we never been told what these poisons are -- even after an international La Paz committee made a recommendation/resolution that the background contamination be studied and reported?!?

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El Paso Inc article link: Asarco: cleaning the mess

http://www.elpasoinc.com/readArticle.aspx?issueid=263&xrec=4742 <cid:part1.08040803.04070307@gmail.com>

Saturday, December 26, 2009

20091009 USB informant "harsher-than-expected treatment by the US Justice Department"

Prosecution of UBS informant seen backfiring on US
By Tom Brown of Reuters MIAMI - The key informant in the US tax evasion case against Swiss bank UBS AG faces prison next year, but his harsher-than-expected treatment by the US Justice Department will undermine efforts to expose secretive offshore tax havens, lawyers and whistle-blower advocates say. Bradley Birkenfeld,...
Tags: tax, UBS AG, U.S. Department Of Justice
News items 2009-10-09

Birkenfeld, the UBS Banker who exposed UBS

"Whistle-blower advocates are asking U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to review the treatment of tipster Bradley C. Birkenfeld, the former UBS banker who was sentenced to 40 months in prison despite his pivotal help in the groundbreaking case against the Swiss banking giant."

Asarco A.G. Swiss Bank

WHY IS THERE A SWISS ASARCO BANK (Asarco SA, Asarco Inc) represented by a Chicago Attorney (Irving Drobny) who also represents the Royal Family of Vietnam? [see google search for this blog, "Swiss bank ASARCO"]

"Irving Drobny Attorney at Law for The Imperial Nguyen Dynasty by Appointment to The Imperial Grand Council and H.I.H. Prince Regent Nguyen Phuc Buu Chanh of Vietnam"
http://vcml.homestead.com/

BHP Billiton and Tio Tinto Joint Venture (worth a predicted excess of 10 Billion dollars)

"International mining giants, BHP Billiton (LSE: BLT, ASX: BHP) [who in 1/09 assumed 50% of Mitra's Vietnam well equity]  (‘BHP’) and Rio Tinto (LSE: RIO, ASX: RIO) (‘Rio’) signed binding agreements in relation to the proposed Iron Ore Production Joint Venture (‘JV’), in the Pilbara mining district, Western Australia. This 50:50 collaboration follows years of on-off negotiations, with many previous JV’s and potential mergers falling by the way-side. BHP and Rio believe the JV’s unique production and development synergies will be in excess of US$10 billion."

http://www.proactiveinvestors.com.au/companies/news/3678/bhp-billiton-and-rio-tinto-sign-binding-agreement-to-create-iron-ore-joint-venture-3678.html

Friday, December 25, 2009

20050000 Milbank Firm and Citigroup

2005 "[Michael] Fitzgerald advised on the first Mexican equity offering to reach the international markets in almost five years. Milbank Tweed was counsel to Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos, which sold 60% of its $180 million initial public offering (IPO) under Rule 144A and Regulation S. The firm went on to advise [Asarco Principle bondholder] Citigroup and Merrill Lynch on Desarrolladora Homex's $160 million New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing, the first Mexican company to list on the NYSE since 1999. Milbank Tweed also advised Citigroup Global Markets and Morgan Stanley on the Nasdaq portion of the TOM Online IPO." http://www.iflr1000.com/pdfs/Directories/5/United%20States%20%281027-1093%29%20i.pdf

Vietnam: Mitra Energy group completes seismic acquisition (the land was last licensed in the 1970's)...

"03 Sep 2009  ...Two wildcat exploration wells are planned for the PSC in 2010. In January 2009, Mitra farmed out 50% of its 100% equity in the PSC to BHP Billiton, while continuing to operate the PSC. Vietnamese Governmental approval of the farm-in was granted on 19th August 2009.   A consortium consisting of Mitra (40% equity and Operator), Kuwait Foreign Petroleum Exploration Company 40% and Singapore Petroleum Corporation 20% was awarded the Block 19 PSC and Block 20 PSC, following the 2008 Nam Con Son Basin bid round. Each PSC covers approximately 4,500 square kilometres"....Source: Mitra Energy

20081121 Milbank firm advised Mitra Group on buyout of Indonesia's largest Petroleum driller

"SINGAPORE, November 21, 2008 –– The international law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP has advised PT Mitra Rajasa Tbk (Mitra Group) on its US$638 million leveraged buyout of Indonesia's largest onshore and offshore driller, PT Apexindo Pratama Duta Tbk." http://www.milbank.com/en/NewsEvents/PressRelArchMilbank_Advises_on_US638_Million_Acquisition_Financing_of_PT+Apexindo+Pratama+Duta+TBK.htm

"Bankruptcy Border War Ends With Milbank Win For Grupo Mexico"

google alert
Bankruptcy Border War Ends With Milbank Win For Grupo Mexico
A four-year bankruptcy battle for control of Asarco finally ended Wednesday when the Tucson, .... Baker Botts Hits $100 Million Mark in Asarco Bankruptcy ...

"....Michael Fitzgerald, chairman of Milbank's global securities group and Latin American practice, led a team from the firm advising Grupo Mexico on the financing side of the Asarco deal.... Haynes and Boone bankruptcy partner Charles Beckham Jr., and litigation partner Brian Antweil served as Grupo's local counsel."

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

GLOBE Asarco plant dirt too hazardous

Document outlining how the Denver Colorado GLOBE Asarco Plant property cannot be used for residential use EVER --- that the groundwater can never be used or the haz-waste covers disturbed.

http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/hm/covenant/pdf/HMCOV00014.pdf



20030600 Asarco Asbestos Litigation report containing data from 1995 and 1999 and on...

http://www.litigationdatadepot.com/ASARCO.pdf
<cid:part1.07080405.00090304@gmail.com>

An ex-worker's grand-daughter told me that the ones who suffered most
from asbestos exposure at Asarco El Paso were the ones who worked
OUTSIDE not inside.

There is a lot we have not been told.

Another ex-worker told a grand-niece who told a friend that he
remembered being paid $1000 by a supervisor to be quiet when inspectors
came, because they had been dumping barrels of chemicals down into the
storm drains to get rid of it. When I told a pro-Asarco guy this once
at a meeting (a very big intimidating guy) he actually backed away from
me really fast, waving his hands in the air saying, "Never happened!
Never Happened!".

interesting link - BETA site that finds EBooks (PDF Files) -- this one for ASARCO related material

http://www.pdfgeni.com/book/asarco-pdf.html
<cid:part1.00060502.08040105@gmail.com>

Monday, December 21, 2009

EPA ASARCO Texas "Factsheet" Agreement is a SHAM and ignores the EPA confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only-document...

EPA ASARCO Texas "Factsheet" Agreement is a SHAM and ignores the EPA-Federal Dept. of Justice ASARCO confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only-document detailing how ASARCO purposefully incinerated unmanifested toxic-wastes for profit for years in El Paso TX and E. Helena MT.    It makes a person wonder why there is a Swiss Bank called "ASARCO" (Asarco SA, Asarco inc) run by a Bank-President who was gambling in Las Vegas, Atlantic City and offshore...

Google Web Alert
ASARCO Settlement Fact Sheet | Compliance and Enforcement | US EPA
On August 9, 2005, ASARCO filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code in the United States ...
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/cleanup/cercla/asarco/texas-infosht.html

EPA ASARCO Texas "Factsheet" fails to mention the years of Sham Recycling (the illicit burning of secret hazardous-wastes for profit) -- that the Federal Dept. of Justice Bankruptcy Trustee failed to make the Asarco Bankruptcy court declare liabilities.  NO LIABILITIES FROM THE YEARS OF ILLEGAL SECRET TOXIC-WASTE BURNING WERE EVER CONSIDERED/DISCLOSED DURING THE ENTIRE ASARCO BANKRUPTCY COURT PROCEEDING --- OUR GOVERNMENT ACTED AS IF IT NEVER HAPPENED EVEN AFTER AN HONEST DOJ ATTORNEY MADE THE PUBLIC DISCLOSURE IN 2006 THAT THIS **DID** HAPPEN AND THAT FOR YEARS ASARCO MADE $$ WITH THE SECRET BURNING OF UNMANIFESTED HAZARDOUS-WASTES FROM BOTH MILITARY AND INDUSTRIAL SOURCES.   GOD ONLY KNOWS WHAT WAS INCINERATED HERE AND IN E. HELENA MT. 

Not only that, but the Texas Agreement means that the EPA and TCEQ will never sue Asarco for hazardous wastes as a Civil Action in either El Paso or the Dona Ana County (Sunland Park) area:

"With respect to the El Paso Metals Site (including releases of hazardous substances from any portion of the El Paso Metals Site and all areas affected by natural migration of such substances from the El Paso Metals), the United States, on behalf of EPA, and the TCEQ further covenant not to sue or assert any civil claims or causes of action against Debtors,"
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/cleanup/cercla/asarco/texas-infosht.html

"The
Department of Justice and ASARCO filed the settlement agreement with the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas Corpus Christi Division on March 13, 2009. The Court approved the settlement agreement on June 5, 2009. The trust agreement associated with this settlement was filed with the Bankruptcy Court on December 9, 2009."
http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/cases/cleanup/cercla/asarco/texas-infosht.html

Incorporated herein by reference is a copy of an internal EPA memorandum dated June 28, 2001 [see Scribe link], which contains the following handwritten sentence:  "The TNRCC is concerned that the El Paso sampling plan doesn't undermine the ASARCO Corpus sampling delima (sic)."  An inescapable inference from this sentence is the    fact that ASARCO has compromised employees of both the EPA and TCEQ.   Both ASARCO and the regulators are concealing certain ASARCO contaminants from the residents of Corpus Christi and the Paso del Norte Region.  Every individual who either knows, or should know that ASARCO's contamination is being concealed is exposed to both criminal and civil liability.
 

Saturday, December 19, 2009

"Washington receives payout for damages caused by ASARCO's past ..."

Tacoma WA etc. receive almost four times the amount of money that El Paso Texas will receive for clean-up.
Why won't people talk about the massive secret incineration of illegal hazardous wastes at El Paso and E. Helena Asarco sites that affected millions of people and several states and countries, and the sixth largest river system in the USA?   We are dying down here from rampant cancers while the USA and other Asarco sites turn a blind eye to the fraudulent Bankruptcy  -- or talk about the DOJ Trustee who failed to make the Court consider the secret toxic contamination from the years of illegal illicit hazardous waste burning.  God only knows what they burned down here.

google alert
Washington receives payout for damages caused by ASARCO's past ...
"By Kitsap Peninsula Business Journal
The state of Washington has received roughly $188 million to help repair environmental damage caused by mining giant ASARCO. It's the largest payout in th."
MINING.com News - http://admin.news.mining.com/

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy",By CHARLES DUHIGG (and El Paso Alpha/Beta Radiative-Particles water data)

"That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy"

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Native American Tribal government lands and Interior managed lands to get nearly 200 million from Asarco settlement

Google News Alert for: asarco bankruptcy
KVOA.com
ASARCO Settlement Provides $194 Million for Federal, State and Tribal Wildlife ...
KVOA.com
Along with federal, state and tribal co-trustees, Interior brought claims at more than a dozen sites which were settled during the ASARCO bankruptcy. ...
See all stories on this topic

"WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that an environmental damage settlement with ASARCO LLC, a North American mining conglomerate, would provide about $194 million for the recovery of wildlife, habitat and other natural resources managed by Interior, state, and tribal governments at more than a dozen sites around the nation."

Grupo Mexico's stock values begin rise

Google News Alert for: asarco bankruptcy
Mexico's Stocks Rise, Peso Weakens Early Thursday; IPC +0.7%
Wall Street Journal
MX) were trading 2% higher at MXN30.60 after the company said Wednesday night that its US subsidiary, Asarco, has exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. ...
See all stories on this topic

ASARCO bankruptcy settlement brings millions to the great state of Montana, home of W.R.Grace Libby Disaster and E. Helena (also burned the secret illegal toxic wastes for years)

Google Alert
"ASARCO bankruptcy settlement brings millions to MT | MINING.com News
By Montana's News Station
Governor Brian Schweitzer has announced that Montana has received nearly $195 million to clean up ASARCO's contaminated sites in the state. "
MINING.com News - http://admin.news.mining.com/

TCEQ News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACT: LISA WHEELER
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2009  PHONE: 512-239-5003 / PAGER: 512-606-3681
TCEQ Commissioners Welcome New EPA Region 6 Administrator
EPA and TCEQ to discuss new public participation rules

  

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners today hosted recently appointed EPA Region 6 Administrator Dr. Alfredo “Al” Armendariz at the commission headquarters in Austin. The purpose of the visit was not only to welcome the new administrator to his new position but also to discuss the various rules regarding Texas’ successful air program. Yesterday, commissioners approved for publication a new rule package seeking to expand public participation in the state’s air permit process.

 

"Texas' air quality permitting program is already one of the most robust in the nation,” said Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D.  “The TCEQ has taken proactive, aggressive measures to improve air quality in Texas. Air emissions and pollution concentrations in our state are at their lowest level in the past 20 years, while Texas continues to maintain a strong, growing economy.”

 

"I have always viewed public participation as a vital component in the permitting process," said Commissioner Buddy Garcia.  "I appreciate Dr. Armendariz spending time with each of us today, and I look forward to working with him to show the rest of the nation how Texas has been successful and will continue to lead on environmental issues.”  

 

Texas already has a meaningful and engaging public participation process that directly impacts permits and provides significant environmental safeguards,” said Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein. “I welcome the rule changes that will provide even greater public participation and transparency.”

 

A public hearing to accept comment on the proposed rule revisions will take place January 25, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Building E, Room 201 S, at the TCEQ campus, 12100 Park 35 Circle, in Austin.   The comment period will end on February 16.


This service is provided to you at no charge by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Visit us on the web at www.tceq.state.tx.us.

GovDelivery, Inc. sending on behalf of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality · 12100 Park 35 Circle · Austin TX 78753 · 512-239-1000

Grupo Mexico: Asarco :: W.R. Grace : Libby Montana disaster

"PHOENIX (AP) -- Mexico City-based mining giant Grupo Mexico SAB has completed its [re-]acquisition of Tucson, Ariz.-based copper miner Asarco LLC.

The transaction Wednesday ended a years long battle waged by Grupo Mexico to reacquire the firm it first bought in 1999 but lost to bankruptcy in 2005 after Asarco was overwhelmed by huge environmental remediation costs." http://finance.yahoo.com/news/Grupo-Mexico-closes-deal-to-apf-372850306.html?x=0&.v=1

------------
"One thing that continues to puzzle some of my contacts in Justice and EPA headquarters is how and why Mercer and David Uhlmann, the then-chief of the Justice Department’s Environmental Crimes Section, got away with pursuing criminal indictments [in 2005] against [W.R.] Grace [for the Libby Montana asbestos disaster]." [and LOST the court case]
http://andrewschneiderinvestigates.com/2009/04/26/the-district-court-website-for-judge-donald-molloys-own-domain-offers-link-and-info-on-filing-charges-of-judicial-misconduct-thank-you/


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Asarco cleaned up Spic and Span when it should be the Federal DOJ that is getting cleaned-up

-- Asarco cleaned up Spic and Span with help from the Federal Department of Justice who failed to acknowledge a confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only  document that their fellow DOJ attorney released to a public information request, and that let us know the EPA had told the DOJ in 1998 Asarco had burned unmanifested/secret hazardous-wastes for profit, for years.   The Federal DOJ Bankruptcy trustee FAILED to make the Bankruptcy courts act on this evidence and failed to hold ASARCO accountable for the liabilities from this secret and toxic hazardous-wastes (both industrial and military origins).

What is our nation of laws coming to when huge corporations like ASARCO (its  parent company is partially owned by the Carlyle Group) are allowed to use our courts to "clean up" their financial image by ignoring basic facts which should have been considered in the bankruptcy-setting?

Everyday working people - the same taxpayers that bailed out the banks - are now in-effect bailing out ASARCO and its creditors because a few Government's employees allowed this company escape its culpability (as we speak, the Supreme Court has re-opened the ENRON case to reconsider the "honest services provision" of the mail and wire fraud act that holds such government employees accountable (why?)).

Google Blogs Alert for: asarco bankruptcy
RapidShare Introduces Americas Reseller Program
By Rapidshare Ag
November 24th, 2009 Exec says new Asarco to be profitable, competitivePHOENIX — A top executive with the company set to take over Asarco LLC says the Tucson-based copper miner will emerge from a grueling four-year bankruptcy court ...
PR Hub - http://blog.taragana.com/pr/

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Our UTEP students are still walking around exposed to these levels of Arsenic; and the new plan is to build a UTEP research park at Asarco's site

UTEP Campus along Sunbowl Drive and Paisano, showing levels of toxic metals detected by the EPA in 2004...
Red dots: Residential Properties that Exceed 46 ppm (As) and/or 500 ppm (Pb) (883)
Green dots: Residential Properties that are Equal to or Below 46 ppm (As) and/or 500 ppm (Pb) (1640)


from 2/2004 Sample Location Map El Paso County Metals Survey, El Paso, El Paso County, Texas [USEPA REGION 6 START-2]

At a recent TXDOT open-house Mr. Berry indicated that the I-10 & Schuster Interchange Project had found no problems (i.e. no toxic levels of anything). The area he was referring to is shown on this map as where RIM Road extends down to the end of Sunbowl Drive toward Paisano. He stated that UTEP was building that new [Nursing/Health Sciences] building right there, and said that surely there could be no problem if UTEP was building right there...

But, this EPA map shows that the area on Sunbowl Drive where that building has been placed is next to a sea of red dots -- indicating that the dirt was likely very toxic before UTEP started breaking ground.

The TXDOT project and the UTEP building are happening in the midst of this sea of red dots; and, the government is doing nothing.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Asarco AG Swiss Bank

Why is there a Swiss bank called "ASARCO AG" (Asarco SA, Asarco inc)??

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Republicans were right: Sen. Shapleigh wants to develop the Super Toxic Asarco Site

"Our community has a historic opportunity to redevelop one of the key sites in our community, the true Pass of the North," Shapleigh said.

In other communities, stadiums have been placed on Asarco riverfront properties, and in still others, research parks or other key installations have been placed.

"Due to the proximity to Mexico, the historic nature of Peace Park across the river, and the rail and access to UTEP, this site is very important to El Paso's future."
http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-news/ci_13913153

    "Incorporated herein by reference is a copy of
    an internal EPA memorandum dated June 28, 2001, which contains the
    following handwritten sentence:  "The TNRCC is concerned that the
    El Paso sampling plan doesn't undermine the ASARCO Corpus sampling
    delima (sic)."  An inescapable inference from this sentence is the
    fact that ASARCO has compromised employees of both the EPA and
    TCEQ.   Both ASARCO and the regulators are concealing certain
    ASARCO contaminants from the residents of Corpus Christi and the
    Paso del Norte Region.  Every individual who either knows, or
    should know that ASARCO's contamination is being concealed is
    exposed to both criminal and civil liability"
 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TXDOT ignores the ASARCO illegal haz-waste and plans to build elevated toll road on PAISANO...

over the water supply and right next to the ASARCO stacks, in the worst
of the worst contamination

http://www.txdot.gov/public_involvement/town_hall_meetings/elpaso_town_hall.htm

Glencore International AG

"China's $200-billion sovereign wealth fund has added privately-held
commodities trader Glencore International AG to its roster of approved
investment partners"

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/bizchina/2009-09/19/content_8711325.htm

(do a search within this blog for "Glencore")

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Asarco "cleaned up" and the Taxpayers "cleaned out"??

It is easy to run a profit when ignoring nearly ten years of contamination from illegal un-manifested hazardous-waste incineration without a license.

And why is there a Swiss Bank called "ASARCO AG" (Asarco SA, Asarco inc)?!

"According to The Wall Street Journal, Asarco now is flush with cash and reporting a total profit, after its bankruptcy filing, of $623.4 million. So in the end, the company is also succeeding.

"Whether this result was due to good stewardship, excellent management, higher copper prices, appropriate judicial oversight by the bankruptcy judge, extraordinary good luck, or a combination of all these factors may be debated," U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen wrote in his ruling of the case, "but the ultimate result is inarguable.""

http://www.denverpost.com/headlines/ci_13876197




What can the Union leverage for Jobs? To stay Silent??

... no one is talking about the confidential hazardous wastes ASARCO incinerated secretly for nearly a decade!!   Will the United Steelworkers Union continue to NOT talk about the unmanifested-secret hazardous wastes illegally smelted by Asarco for nearly a decade?  Are jobs/contract more important?

"...Lazalde and Robert Moore, an attorney representing Grupo in Asarco's bankruptcy case, met with The Republic to discuss Grupo's plans for Asarco, how it is responding to worries from community members and the status of union negotiations.

High on its to-do list is addressing concerns of the United Steelworkers, which represents about 1,700 Asarco workers. Grupo has until Jan. 15 to present a comprehensive proposal to the union outlining what it would offer in a new contract.

The union's current contract expires in June. Grupo has offered to extend the contract for a year, but the union wants a three-year extension to 2013 similar to its negotiated deal with Sterlite."

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/business/articles/2009/11/29/20091129biz-grupo1129.html

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Senator Shapleigh's pages on TCEQ in "Grover's Tub"

see:
http://shapleigh.org/news/3739-grover-s-tub-captured-and-corrupted-at-tceq

We agree with the observations about the TCEQ, but the pages (sent to constituents in an email) totally miss mentioning how the EPA proved Asarco secretly burned unknown (unmanifested!) hazardous-wastes for years, for profit, during the 1990's -- and that we only found out after the Federal DOJ made a 1998 confidential-Asarco-EPA-settlement document public in 2006 -- after EIGHT YEARS of silence and secrecy!!

We ask all of our political representatives/senators to let the community know what Asarco actually did here -- and, we want to know what chemicals have been left here from those years of illegal secret-wastes incineration.


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Asarco Workers Union asked to accept a short-term contract extension // The years of unmanifested secret toxic waste incineration - IGNORED

"The [ASARCO] company's Arizona and Texas mining and refining operations will finally be free from environmental liabilities that drove it into bankruptcy in 2005, said Jorge Lazalde, vice president and general counsel for Grupo Mexico subsidiary Asarco Inc. 

[CRIMINAL Disregard by the Government for the secret chemicals (from what the EPA said were military and industrial sources) secretly burned here for years.  WHERE is our Government/Justice?  Can criminals act this way so indiscriminately and get away with it?  Why is the Supreme Court going to review the honest services provision of the mail and wire fraud act this winter for the ENRON case (involving a principal bond holder ASARCO bank?).  WHY is there a SWISS Bank called ASARCO A.G. (Asarco SA, Asarco inc.)?

The EPA-Asarco-DOJ "confidential for settlement purposes only" document (NYTimes 10/06) telling us what really happened here -- IGNORED.   The secret toxic wastes from those years IGNORED.  The recommendation of the La Paz Accord JAC committee to test for these chemicals IGNORED.  The requests of the local community for split samples IGNORED.]


In an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday, Lazalde also said the company assumed a contract that makes its 1,500 unionized workers among the best-paid in the industry and has offered to extend the deal through 2011.....The company has until mid-January to provide a contract offer, and the union has until mid-February to accept the short-term contract extension."

http://www.montereyherald.com/business/ci_13858953?nclick_check=1

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Exec says new Asarco to be profitable, competitive

... said without any regard for the contamination left here and in E. Helena MT from the years of what the EPA and Federal DOJ finally let us know were YEARS of secret & illegal toxic-waste burning.   Military and Industrial wastes -- incinerated without manifests here.    It is easy to be "profitable, competitive" when you don't pay to clean up the poisons left behind.   ASARCO will pay only  52 million dollars to "clean up" the Rio Grande, the Hueco Bolson, and sister cities of Cd. Juarez, El Paso and Sunland Park.

CRIMINAL

Google Blogs Alert for: asarco bankruptcy
Exec says new Asarco to be profitable, competitive (AP ...
By admin
A top executive with the company set to take over Asarco LLC says the Tucson-based copper miner will emerge from a grueling four-year bankruptcy court battle.
eCommoditiesTrading - http://www.ecommoditiestrading.com/

What do ENRON and Asarco have in common?

Attorneys for the ENRON case are getting the Honest Services provision of the mail & wire fraud act re-visited by the U.S. Supreme Court -- to be decided this spring. 


September 21, 2002
Lawyer Proves a Thorn for Enron's Partners
"Citigroup [Asarco Principle Bondholder] and J. P. Morgan [Asarco had a "$450 million Revolving Credit Agreement with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co."] have been accused by members of Congress and a variety of lawyers of helping Enron disguise billions of dollars worth of debt by creating special-purpose entities offshore with names like Mahonia, which was based in the Isle of Jersey in the English Channel, and Delta, based in the Cayman Islands." [We know that there is a Swiss Bank called "Asarco A.G." (Asarco S.A., Asarco Inc.).]
http://www.alston.com/neal_batson/

"R. Neal Batson is special counsel to Alston & Bird.....was appointed by the United States Department of Justice to serve as the Examiner for Enron Corp. and was authorized to investigate various aspects of the company."

[Fwd: TCEQ News Release--Trustee Named for ASARCO remediation]



-------- Original Message --------
Subject: TCEQ News Release--Trustee Named for ASARCO remediation
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2009 13:45:29 -0600 (CST)
From: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality <tceq@service.govdelivery.com>


TCEQ News Release--Trustee Named for ASARCO remediation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              
CONTACT: ANDREA MORROW

PHONE: 512-239-5011 / PAGER: 512-896-

TRUSTEE NAMED FOR ASARCO EL PASO REMEDIATION  
Project Navigator will manage clean-up

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Project Navigator, represented by Roberto Puga, as the custodial trustee for remediation activities at the ASARCO–El Paso site,” said Mark Vickery, executive director of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “This highly respected and experienced firm will work with the TCEQ to advance toward closure of the site.”

On Nov. 13, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Corpus Christi issued an order confirming the plan of reorganization and implementing the settlement. 

On either Dec. 11 or 14, the effective date of the plan, ASARCO will place $52,080,000 in an environmental custodial trust to address remedial activities. Funds totaling $52 million will be used at the El Paso site and the remainder will fund clean up at another non-operating site in Amarillo. 

For the latest information on the clean-up plans and progress, see: http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/sites/asarco.html.

 

 

###


Monday, November 23, 2009

The ASARCO BANKRUPTCY COVER-UP IS COMPLETE??

"The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has named a trustee who will be in charge of cleaning up the ASARCO site...Mark Vickery, TCEQ's executive director, appointed Project Navigator, represented by Roberto Puga, as the trustee. ..In mid-December, ASARCO will put $52,080,000 in an environmental custodial trust to support the clean-up."
http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=11560816

AND IN THIS ENTIRE PROCESS THE FEDERAL DEPT. OF JUSTICE, THE EPA, THE TCEQ, THE N.M. ENVIRONMENTAL DEPT. ---- NONE OF THEM HAVE DISCLOSED WHAT SECRET AND ILLEGAL HAZARDOUS WASTES REMAIN HERE FROM WHAT THE EPA SAID WAS ILLEGAL INCINERATION OF UNKNOWN TOXIC-WASTES FOR PROFIT (DURING THE ENTIRE 1990's).

A fraud of amazing proportions is occurring right before our eyes - and we would never have known what happened here if an honest Federal DOJ Attorney had not sent us (2006) the EPA-Asarco "confidential for settlement purposes only" 73 page document to the DOJ (1998) that finally gave us the truth.

But the DOJ, the Bankruptcy Trustee, the EPA, the NMED, and the TCEQ all are ignoring that document as if it was never made public and as if the contents were still secret.

WHAT happened here in El Paso during the secret incineration of military wastes that is SO BAD that none of these Government Agencies can be open and honest with us??!   It had to be very bad.

WHY is there a Swiss Bank named "ASARCO AG" created about the time that the smelter shut down?

HOW CAN OUR ENTIRE JUSTICE SYSTEM (THE BANKRUPTCY TRUSTEE AND THE COURTS), THE FEDERAL EPA, THE STATES OF NEW MEXICO AND TEXAS ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY DEPARTMENTS -- ALL FAIL TO DISCLOSE THE CONTAMINATION REMAINING FROM THESE YEARS OF ILLEGAL INCINERATION OF MILITARY AND INDUSTRIAL WASTES??!!??

WE DO NOT EVEN HAVE DIOXIN DATA FOR THE EL PASO ASARCO SMELTER.  NO DIOXIN DATA. NO URANIUM DATA.

IS THE U.S.A. JUSTICE AND ENVIRONMENTAL SYSTEMS SO CORRUPTED THAT WE CAN'T EVEN GET DIOXIN DATA BEFORE A PALTRY 52 MILLION DOLLARS IS "handed down" TO US TO CLEAN UP THE RIO GRANDE, AN INTERNATIONAL AQUIFER (the HUECO BOLSON), OUR CITIES AND OUR AIR??!!??

HOW COULD OUR GOVERNMENT HAVE SAT ON THIS FOR THREE YEARS AFTER THE TRUTH CAME OUT?  HOW MANY CHILDREN MUST BE BORN HERE WITH TERATOGENIC BIRTH DEFECTS BEFORE ANYTHING IS DONE TO DETERMINE WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE??!!??

Sunday, November 22, 2009

TX (statewide venue) "Environmental crimes prosecutor appointed"

"AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Sunday, November 22, 2009


Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg on Friday announced the appointment of the agency's first full-time environmental crimes prosecutor.... Patty Robertson.... will be based in Travis County but will prosecute cases throughout the state.

The Travis County District Attorney's Office has statewide venue on most environmental crimes under Texas law, officials said."



Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Businessman gets 5 years in Synagro case

http://www.freep.com/article/20091113/NEWS01/91113017/1320/Businessman-gets-5-years-in-Synagro-case
[reprinted under fair use]
 
 Nov. 13, 2009 | Updated: 5:07 p.m. Nov. 13, 2009
"Businessman gets 5 years in Synagro case
BY BEN SCHMITT AND JOE SWICKARD
 

FREE PRESS
 
 Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson, a key figure in the Synagro sludge-hauling scandal in Detroit, was sentenced this afternoon to the maximum prison sentence he could receive under his guilty plea -- five years.

 
 
Jackson, 44, had previously pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to commit bribery before U.S. District Judge Avern Cohn, who today rejected a request from Jackson’s lawyer that he be given only two years in prison.

Defense lawyer Richard Morgan said that Synagro “should be standing here, and they’re not.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Bullotta disputed defense claims that Jackson was somehow lured into the bribery scheme. “Nothing could be further from the truth,” he told the judge. He also challenged the claim that, for all its notoriety, the now-canceled Synagro contract with the city would have ultimately benefited Detroiters. “It was all about Rayford Jackson,” Bullotta said. "He stood to make millions.”

In dispensing the maximum sentence, Judge Cohn noted with displeasure the defendant’s refusal to acknowledge his wrongdoing, even after he admitted to his misdeeds. “Mr. Jackson has not displayed contrition and remorse and he has not apologized,” Cohn said.

But the judge added, Jackson, who has refused to cooperate with investigators in the ongoing probe, still has an opportunity to improve his fate. He instructed Jackson that if he decides to cooperate with the feds within the first year of his prison term, the length of his sentence could be revisited.

“There’s still an opportunity for you to express contrition and remorse in the form of cooperation,” he said.

Jackson, a flashy entrepreneur who traveled through Detroit political circles with an attractive young television anchorwoman on his arm, arrived in court this afternoon dapper – and silent – as ever. He wore a dark, double-breasted pinstriped suit and a black bowler with a jaunty feather, which he wore into the courtroom.

Bullotta said Jackson “and Jackson alone decided to bribe Monica Conyers,” the former Detroit city councilwoman who herself is awaiting sentencing in January for her role in the Synagro scandal.

Bullotta said the evidence showed Jackson was operating actively and independently because he did not tell disgraced Synagro official James Rosendall about bribing Conyers until after Jackson had done so. Jackson, the prosecutor said, operated out of “pure greed.”

Jackson is slated to report to prison on Jan. 15.

After the verdict, U.S. District Attorney Terrence Berg said, “I hope this will be a deterrent to anyone considering any type of similar conduct in the form of bribing public officials.”

After issuing the sentence, Cohn took time to commend the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s office and likened their efforts to Hercules, who in Greek mythology cleaned the stables of Augean stables full of thousands of cattle in a single day."

[Fwd: TCEQ ASARCO (El Paso) Update]

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

El Paso ASARCO illegally and secretly burned Toxic waste for years

"RCRA makes it a crime for a person to knowingly treat, store or dispose of hazardous waste without a permit. 42 U.S.C. § 6928(d)(2)."

So why isn't someone in Jail, after El Paso ASARCO (and E. Helena MT Asarco) illegally and secretly burned Toxic waste for years?

And, why is there a Swiss Bank named ASARCO A.G. (Asarco S.A., Asarco Inc.)??

Why won't the Federal DOJ Bankruptcy Trustee require that the Bankruptcy Court considers ALL liabilities for ASARCO -- i.e. the liabilities from years of secretly burning military and industrial toxic wastes for profit?

What in the heck is going on?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

When EPA tries to do its job, it is labeled "Activist"

"Gov. Rick Perry, who appoints the state panel's three commissioners,
has called the EPA an activist agency that could derail Texas' economy."

Umm, you mean the plans for Grupo Mexico and Verde groups first planned
international city in the shadow of the Asarco El Paso stacks ---- in
the middle of this toxic disaster and the massive cancer-zone?

http://www.statesman.com/news/content/region/legislature/stories/2009/11/15/1115epa.html

Sham Recycling leads to Sham Asarco bankruptcy and sham decisions

  • Why won't the Dept. of Justice Bankruptcy Trustee require that the Bankruptcy court consider the liabilities from the secret military and industrial wastes illegally burned at Asarco El Paso and E. Helena for many years?
  • Isn't it illegal to not require full disclosure of the toxic wastes in the Asarco bankruptcy? 
  • Why won't the news disclose how Carlyle Group owns 20% of Grupo Mexico?
  • Why did the EPA report that the Beta Radiation levels in El Paso just before Asarco shut down were the highest in the USA?
  • The shut down occurred soon after the TCEQ made an abrupt decision to not bring nuclear wastes to this region for disposal, after all.
  • Why weren't we told the truth for eight years (from 1998 to 2006), and why are the government and attorneys acting as if that secret document is not now public??
  • Why won't the government disclose what poisons are still here from those activities?
  • Why does Grupo Mexico plan to bid on a Pacific coast seaport - to run it for 50 years and bring rail freight through a port of entry about only ten miles from the Asarco El Paso epicenter?  How could such construction and planning be done if the true extent of the toxic-waste contamination were exposed?
  • What happened here?!?

Google News Alert for: asarco bankruptcy

Grupo Mexico Chairman Gets Long-Awaited Prize
Wall Street Journal
"A full payment is a rare species in bankruptcy," said Jack Kinzie of Baker Botts LLP, who had argued that Sterlite should take Asarco out of bankruptcy. ...
See all stories on this topic

"Ten years after launching a hostile takeover of U.S. copper refiner Asarco LLC and four years after forcing it into Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Mexican billionaire Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco [AND CARLYLE GROUP - THEY OWN 20% of GRUPO MEXICO] finally has what he wanted: control of the copper giant free from the threat of environmental and asbestos litigation.

The Grupo Mexico SAB chairman also will rule over one of the world's largest copper producers in terms of known ore reserves, adding Asarco's mines to properties Mr. Larrea operates in Mexico and Peru."

Sham Recycling leads to Sham Bankruptcy

And still the Dept. of Justice Bankruptcy Trustee fails to make the Bankruptcy Court consider liabilities from the years of illegal secret military & industrial waste burning at Asarco El Paso and E. Helena MT.

Why?!




Google Web Alert for: Asarco
Grupo Mexico should control Asarco, judge rules
Nov 14, 2009 ... Grupo Mexico should control Asarco, judge rules, A US District Court judge has ruled Grupo Mexico SAB should regain control of bankrupt ...

"A U.S. District Court judge has ruled Grupo Mexico SAB should regain control of bankrupt Tucson copper miner Asarco LLC.

The ruling, issued Friday night by Judge Andrew Hanen of the Southern District of Texas, comes after months of legal battles between Grupo, Asarco's estranged parent company, and competitor Sterlite Industries Ltd."

Friday, November 13, 2009

Scientists can find Water on the Moon but not ASARCO Toxic Waste in El Paso

It has been  three Years since the Federal Dept. of Justice made public an EPA/Asarco confidential settlement document detailing how Asarco (El Paso, TX and E. Helena MT) secretly burned military and industrial wastes for profit --- and, U.S.A. scientists cannot tell the community what poisons were left here.

Yet, scientists can track water down to the ATOM on the moon. 

"There is water on the Moon, scientists stated unequivocally on Friday...."The water findings came through an analysis of the slight shifts in color after the impact, showing telltale signs of water molecules that had absorbed specific wavelengths of light. “We got good fits,” Dr. Colaprete said. “It was a unique fit.” The scientists also saw colors of ultraviolet light associated with molecules of hydroxyl, consisting of one hydrogen and one oxygen, presumably water molecules that had been broken apart by the impact and then glowed like neon signs."
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/14/science/14moon.html?_r=1&pagewanted=print

El Paso ASARCO illegally and secretly burned Toxic waste for years

"RCRA makes it a crime for a person to knowingly treat, store or dispose of
hazardous waste without a permit. 42 U.S.C. § 6928(d)(2)."

So why isn't someone in Jail, after El Paso ASARCO (and E. Helena MT Asarco)  illegally and secretly burned Toxic waste for years?

And, why is there a Swiss Bank named ASARCO A.G. (Asarco S.A., Asarco Inc.)??

Why won't the Federal DOJ Bankruptcy Trustee require that the Bankruptcy Court considers ALL liabilities for ASARCO -- i.e. the liabilities from years of secretly burning military and industrial toxic wastes for profit?

What in the heck is going on?









Thursday, November 12, 2009

Selenium groundwater data Asarco El Paso 8/09










[click on image to enlarge table]
taken from data at
http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/assets/public/remediation/variousremediationsites/split_sampling_results_by_tceq_aug2009.xls

Re: Is there selenium data for Asarco El Paso?

 
The sampling data is currently on the ASARCO web page.  The direct link to the sampling page is http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/remediation/sites/water.
 
Thanks
 
Lorinda D Gardner
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
El Paso Regional Director
915.834.4951

<<11/11/2009 2:06 PM >>>
Hi, Lorinda,
Please see the article below about selenium in E. Helena.  They also handled and burned the illegal and secret toxic wastes during the 1990's.

Is this data available on the recent disk you mentioned? 

I have not gotten a copy.

[name removed]

Google News Alert for: Asarco

Report: Arsenic in East Helena water came from soil, not smelter
The Missoulian
Asarco Environmental Manager Jon Nickel says the residential wells showed an average of 9.6 parts per billion of arsenic - just under federal drinking water ...
See all stories on this topic

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Our troops now protected against breathing toxic wastes from open burn pits

"Rep. Tim Bishop, Democrat of New York, and Rep. Carol Shea Porter, Democrat of New Hampshire....successfully lobbied for the inclusion of provisions to limit the use of these toxic pits in the National Defense Authorization Act, which the president will sign into law this afternoon. Under this new law,open-air burning of medical and hazardous waste will be prohibited except where the Defense secretary deems there is no alternative, the DOD must justify the use of burn pits to Congress, and it will develop a plan to eliminate the use of burn pits entirely."[http://www.shea-porter.house.gov/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=380&Itemid=67]

Asarco-paid-contractor says that E. Helena Arsenic in the water doesn't come from Asarco...

What was that classic line in the Erin Brochovich movie?  When the housewife sits down with Erin, who had just told her the water-data-results?   The housewife looked confused and said something about how the company men had sat at her table and told her that her water was completely safe.... then, she looked out through her window at her children swimming in the pool and she ran crying out into the yard, yelling for her children to get out of the water.

"
Iver Johnson, who is heading the onsite cleanup effort for the state Department of Environmental Quality, said nearly 30,000 tons of hazardous waste have been removed from the site this year."

Google News Alert for: Asarco

Report: Arsenic in East Helena water came from soil, not smelter
The Missoulian
Asarco Environmental Manager Jon Nickel says the residential wells showed an average of 9.6 parts per billion of arsenic - just under federal drinking water ...
See all stories on this topic

Monday, November 9, 2009

TCEQ Permits may not comply with Federal Requirements....

"Until such time as the TCEQ adopts rules, submits them to the EPA for SIP review, and receives EPA SIP approval, any action taken on pending applications which are implicated in Federal Register notices may result in additional permitting requirements or enforcement in the future because of the uncertainty of EPA action on the proposed Federal Register disapproval notices. The TCEQ is working expeditiously to address the Federal Register notices to resolve federal enforceability concerns."

http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/permitting/air/announcements/20091109

E.Helena Air safe from ASARCO stack demolition? Have they DISCLOSED THE SECRET TOXIC WASTES THEN?!

Yeah, and the EPA etc. all said that ASARCO had not burned secret hazardous wastes -- and then in 2006 a DOJ attorney released a confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only EPA document about ASARCO... and, we found out from this document (it was SEALED FOR 8 YEARS) that the EPA and DOJ had known ALL THAT TIME that Asarco El Paso and E. Helena MT had burned illegal and secret toxic wastes for profit for years...

Google News Alert for: Asarco

KFBB NewsChannel 5
Air Quality Report from ASARCO Smokestack Demolition Revealed
KFBB NewsChannel 5
By KFBB News Team It has been nearly three months since three ASARCO smokestacks were demolished in East Helena, and now results of an air quality report ...
See all stories on this topic

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Why aren't the TCEQ and EPA letting El Pasoans know about the MERCURY levels around the ASARCO plant?

Asarco Tacoma stack contaminated a hundred square miles...

and the Asarco East Helena stacks?  "The EPA said tests showed that an area of about 100 square miles had been affected to some degree by Asarco emissions." 
http://www.helenair.com/news/article_782a2871-8aa9-56d9-9752-0664afd8c9d5.html

So doesn't this suggest that the Asarco El Paso smelter likely has affected 100 square miles, too?  That would be any land (and water) 30 miles out from the Asarco site -- almost clear up to Las Cruces, and definitely throughout Santa Teresa.

So why aren't our environmental regulatory agencies telling us about this in El Paso and Sunland Park?  (TCEQ, NMED and the Federal EPA)?


Dept. of Health and Human Services

The ATSDR is the "Dept. of Health and Human Services". Umm. Isn't
this the agency that we have evidence covered up the Asarco
contamination in Sunland Park N.M., and that was recently investigated
by a Federal investigative committee for fraud?

DEQ confirms that East Helena MT ASARCO stack demolition was "safe" (E. Helena burned unmanifested toxic wastes, too)


The way that authorities are getting around the safety issue is to NOT LOOK for the unmanifested toxic wastes that both Asarco El Paso and Asarco E. Helena handled and burned (nearly ten years of the incineration).

So, how much credibility does this safety assurance have with the public now?  None.   The conflicts of interest preventing full disclosure are so common that to this day we do not have Dioxin data, PCB data, mercury data, polonium data, or uranium data for the El Paso Asarco stack area --- and, to this day no citizen group has been given split samples/funds to take these samples to a non-conflicted scientist/lab.

Google News Alert for: Asarco

DEQ confirms demolition of East Helena stacks done safely
Great Falls Tribune
By Tribune Staff • November 7, 2009 Air sampling tests show that the demolition of three smelter stacks at the ASARCO smelter in East Helena in August did ...
See all stories on this topic

"Air sampling tests show that the demolition of three smelter stacks at the ASARCO smelter in East Helena in August did not produce negative health effects, the state Department of Environmental Quality said Friday....The DEQ asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Agency to review the air quality samples for potential impacts to public health.  Exposure to chemical contaminants identified in the sample would not be expected to result in acute health outcomes because of the low concentrations of chemicals in the plume and the short duration of inhalation exposure, the agency's Dan Strausbaugh and Dr. Michelle Watters said...." [the news report did not give any chemical name(s) or amounts.]

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Dr. Al Armendariz named Region 6 Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency

"November 5, 2009 by citizensarah

Environmental Groups Applaud EPA Choice

New Regional Administrator could signal change in direction for polluted state

DALLAS – Environmental advocates across several states are applauding the Obama Administration’s choice of Dr. Al Armendariz to lead Region 6 of the Environmental Protection Agency, which includes Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Armendariz, an engineering professor at Southern Methodist University, has worked with diverse constituencies ranging from corporations to citizens groups and has published dozens of studies on myriad environmental issues throughout his career. His appointment garnered high praise from the environmental community."
http://texasvox.org/2009/11/05/dr-al-armendariz-named-region-6-administrator-of-the-environmental-protection-agency/

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Asarco Swiss Bank

Why is there a Swiss Bank called Asarco A.G. (Asarco SA, Asarco Inc.)??

Friday, October 30, 2009

Asarco makes enough money in just TWO WEEKS to cover its 52 million commitment to El Paso for 110 years of contamination

... not to mention the nearly ten years of secret illegal toxic-waste burning.... (which the bankruptcy and our EPA/TCEQ continue to ignore.   Theft of honest Services.)

Google Blogs Alert for: Asarco
Asarco revenue hit $96.4 million in September
By Andrew Johnson
Asarco revenue hit $96.4 million in September, Since filing for reorganization under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2005, Asarco has made $5.6 billion in sales, according to the company's latest financial report.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

China CIC signs MOU with Glencore (August 2009)

"A manager at a trading and investment firm in Asia, which is a client of Glencore, said top management from Glencore visited CIC in Beijing in August [2009] and signed a memorandum of understanding in which CIC agreed to invest in Glencore’s products or bonds....It was not immediately clear how CIC would work with Glencore, the world’s biggest commodities trader, which typically trades its own book. But Glencore also has a derivatives trading venture with Credit Suisse, which has an expanding business offering commodity investment products to customers....(Note: According to the Financial Times, Glencore owns the Moreno Group, one of Argentina’s key soybean companies, and farms more than 300,000 hectares of leased or owned farmland from Australia to Paraguay.)"

http://farmlandgrab.org/7717

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Bankruptcy Court still refusing to reveal liabilities from years of ASARCO secret toxic waste burning in El Paso TX and E. Helena MT

Why the cover-up of Asarco's years of deliberate and secret military and industrial waste incineration?  Why does this still continue!?  ("Asarco paid out millions of dollars on the condition that details of its activities would not be released to the public." - comment from Chair of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Reyes)

"Battle for Asarco to face key test in Texas court
Mon Oct 19, 2009 9:28am IST 

* Grupo Mexico, Asarco and Sterlite head to federal court

* Hearing to set stage for decision on Asarco deal by judge

By Jazmine Ulloa

BROWNSVILLE, Texas, Oct 19 (Reuters) - India's Sterlite Industries... and Grupo Mexico SAB de CV (GMEXICOB.MX: ...) will head to court on Monday to begin the final stage of their year-long face off for control of bankrupt U.S. copper miner Asarco."
http://in.reuters.com/article/mergersNews/idINN1836582620091019?pageNumber=2&virtualBrandChannel=0&sp=true


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Supreme Court to review Honest Services Law with ENRON case (opinion due in spring)

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601039&sid=awIvclWIyuF4#

Look for keywords "honest services" in this blog's search engine. Other
suggested searches are: "Carlyle", "Asarco A.G.", "Swiss bank".

Will the Supreme Court take away this law, gut its effectiveness, or ---
stand firm?

Friday, October 16, 2009

Asarco Buchan Canada: URANIUM values exceeded health guidelines

Google News Alert for: Asarco
Testing continues
Grand Falls-Windsor Advertiser
They are testing for the presence of lead and other substances such as arsenic and antimony, all left behind by Asarco, the now-defunct mining company which ...

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That testing, as originally requested by the Town of Buchans, which had concerns about human health, involved an independent consultant's getting 12 samples from the perimeter as well as 12 background samples taken outside the town. The results indicated that, of the heavy metals found, lead, arsenic, uranium, and antimony exceeded human health guidelines, with the lead values being of primary concern.

The sight of the environmental engineers conducting the current round of tests was a welcome surprise to residents like Nellie Chaulk, who came out of her house to find someone taking dirt from her lawn."

TCEQ ASARCO (El Paso) Update

Sb:  updates from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality regarding the ASARCO site in El Paso, TX. 

We have added the following update and supporting documentation to the ASARCO web page.

All of these documents are also available from the TCEQ ASARCO Documents Download page