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Friday, May 8, 2009

DOJ attorney scheduled to be at ASARCO meeting on the 11'th: Prieto

Jeffrey M. Prieto, 37 MPA-URP Candidate, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, (also

American Bar Association member of the Standing Committee on Environmental Law

Member of the California Bar;attended Univ of California Santa Barbara; CA and then law school at UCLA SOL; Los Angeles CA (admitted to State Bar of California in June 1997)

New TCEQ ASARCO reports available on their ASARCO INFO webpage

Expert Reports

James Sher, P.E.
Benjamin Costello
Benjamin Costello - Attachment 1
Benjamin Costello - Attachment 2

Asarco groundwater 6,200 times the legal limit for Arsenic.....

"The groundwater at the facility has arsenic, lead, and cadmium concentrations
above the maximum contaminant level (MCL). ......The most prevalent
COC in the groundwater is arsenic. Currently, the highest concentration of
arsenic in the groundwater occurs in onsite well EP-49 with a concentration of
62.5 mg/L, which is approximately 6,200 times the MCL for arsenic. The area of
contaminated groundwater is shown in Figure 5."

Why are the same DOJ people who signed onto the ASARCO Bankruptcy (i.e. "fraud") the same ones coming down here to El Paso for our comments? They should RECUSE themselves

"Case 05-21207 Document 6424 Filed in TXSB on 12/03/2007 Page 10 of 12
Page 11
Respectfully submitted,
Acting Assistant Attorney General
Washington, D.C. 20530

Environmental Enforcement Section
Environment and Natural Resources Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Attorneys for the United States of America
Dated: December 3, 2007"

It is all about "CLOSURE" and not about "DISCLOSURE" of the illegal and formerly secret toxic-waste burning (some of military origins) done by ASARCO El Paso from 1992-1998 (NYTIMES 10/06)--- and revealed when finally some HONEST person in the DOJ released the "confidential settlement document" as a public document after EIGHT YEARS of secrecy.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Will the DOJ expose the ASARCO Bankruptcy Fraud?

TCEQ, EPA and DOJ to Hold Asarco Public Meeting

(Dallas, Texas – May 7, 2009) The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) will hold a public meeting on the Consent Decree and Settlement Agreement for the Asarco smelter site in El Paso, Texas, and the zinc refinery site in Amarillo, Texas, filed in the Asarco bankruptcy proceeding. A presentation will be made by TCEQ, EPA, and DOJ, followed by the taking of public comments. The federal agencies at a later date will file a response to all public comments with the Court. Speakers will be limited to five minutes to provide comments. We are particularly interested in hearing from those members of the public that have not previously submitted comments regarding this matter. The meeting will be broadcast through the City of El Paso closed circuit system. Spanish translation will be provided at the meeting.

WHO: Caroline Sweeney and Carlos Rubinstein, TCEQ
Terry Sykes, EPA
Jeffrey Prieto and Cara Mroczek, DOJ

WHERE: City Council Chambers
2 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, Texas
(for directions to City Hall, go to

WHEN: Monday, May 11, 2009
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

More information about activities in EPA Region 6:

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

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DOJ allowing ASARCO El Paso to get away with fraud in the ASARCO Corpus Christi bankruptcy case

We want a DOJ Bankruptcy trustee who will do his job; and, disclosure of
the toxic wastes.

ASARCO El Paso is getting away with fraud in the ASARCO Corpus Christi
bankruptcy case, because a Dept. of Justice Bankruptcy trustee has
failed to make the ASARCO-Bankruptcy-court consider the unmanifested and
illegal toxic wastes ASARCO burned from 1992- 1998 (NYTimes 10/2006).
The EPA let the DOJ know about the illegal activity through a formerly
"confidential settlement document" (that was released to me in 2006
after being secret for eight years). The EPA is still failing to
reveal what toxic wastes are in the Paso del Norte region from this

In settling ASARCO's debts, the court is failing to consider the effects
of that toxic-waste. They act as if the toxic-waste never existed (the
EPA (and TCEQ and NMED) are still hiding the toxic waste (some of it had
military sources)). That is a fraud.

The ASARCO contamination has reached the Hueco bolson (international
aquifer), and the Rio Grande (at the International Treaty site of the
American Dam where waters are separated into Mexico vs American waters).

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Italian subsidiaries of ASARCO in the 1990's....(1999 in this example)

Enthone-OMI (Italia) S.A.R.L. (Italy) 51.6
Enthone-OMI Holdings (Europe) S.A.S. (France) 100.0
Enthone-OMI (Italia) S.A.R.L. (Italy) 48.4

Monday, May 4, 2009

The ASARCO EL PASO site... it's all about
but not