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Saturday, May 23, 2009
| Harbinger seeks to make offer for bankrupt Asarco |
"Reuters - USA
By Emily Chasan NEW YORK, May 22 (Reuters) - Harbinger Capital, one of Asarco LLC's largest bondholders, is seeking to offer its own $500 million ..."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Lageplan | Nachbarschaft
Eintrag ins Handelsregister:
Rechtssitz der Firma:
Übersetzungen des Firmennamen
Asarco AG Usteristrasse 11 8001 Zurich Layout plan | Neighbourhood Status: actively Legal form: Corporation Principal one: CHF 100' 000 Overview Entry in the Register of Companies: 30.09.1988 Right seat of the company: Zurich (ZH) Translations ["other"] company names of the Asarco Inc. Asarco SA"
"Company Asarco AGhttp://www.edoceo.ch/en/asarco_ag_CH02039018381.aspx
Translation Asarco Inc.
CH NUMBER CH02039018381
ADDRESS Usteristrasse 11 8001 Zurich
Company state Active
Legally form Joint stick company
Capital CHF 100 ' 000
PUR-float Financial transactions of all kinds, switching and execution of financings, practice of trust functions and thus coherent services as well as execution of consultation and expert's assessments; can take part in other enterprises as well as properties, patents, rights and licenses acquire, hold and sell.
This company into the commercial registers Show (on-line CR summary)
Commercial register in load RC OF the CAN clay/tone Zurich
Climb DATE Category Publication
26 4.9.2006 Commercial register
Mutation Asarco AG, in Zurich, CH-020.3.901.838-1, financial transactions, corporation (T/plate No. 167 from 31. 08. the 1998, P. 5999).
New ADDRESS: Usteristrasse 11, 8001 Zurich.
Issue No. of 23523 OF 29.08.2006 (3532938/CH02039018381)
SOGC publication (pdf file)
100 31.8.1998 Commercial register
Mutation Asarco AG, in Zurich, financial transactions, corporation (T/plate No. 141 from 25. 07. the 1997, P. 5311).
People deleted or signatures revoked: Beltracchi, Angela, of Basel, in upper confining rings, member, with single signature.
Peoples registration new or modified: Haberthür, Urs, of width brook, in upper confining rings, member, with single signature."
| Lender asserts claim on lakefront mansion |
Crain's Chicago Business - Chicago,IL,USA
"The property is held in trust by Swiss company Asarco AG, which Mr. Mikhail controls, according to the complaint and public records. ..."
Fr: Heather McMurray
If the TCEQ is "required to produce portions of documents that do not fall under an exemption even if other portions of the document fall under an exemption." then why hasn't TCEQ done so?
The TCEQ's actions appear as a deliberate evasion of open-government and access to the information I requested. You have completely ignored my request, when I stated: "However, this time you and/or he QUALIFIED that statement by adding the words "IN HIS POSSESSION". Please tell me in whose possession this data is in, if not in his [Mr. Brad Wilkinson's] possession."
My only conclusion can be that the TCEQ does not want the Paso del Norte Community to know what poisons have been left here from what the EPA/DOJ 1998 confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only-document told us was deliberate incineration of unmanifested toxic-wastes for profit over years.
"I continue to point out that it is inherently incredulous that Mr. Wilkinson claims he has no communications (email, phone, electronic-mail from the phone, correspondence) about mercury (or strontium or the other chemicals I listed). However, this time you and/or he QUALIFIED that statement by adding the words "IN HIS POSSESSION". Please tell me in whose possession this data is in, if not in his possession. It is inherently impossible for the TCEQ primary remediation contact to have no communications on record regarding these contaminates of concern."
"It is inherently incredulous that the main contact (B. Wilkinson) for all ASARCO El Paso remediation work for the last decade has no emails, wireless or otherwise (or phone logs, or correspondence) responsive to my request. This is bordering on a deliberate withholding of information from the public.
In regards to having to submit a request for documents through the TCEQ public information - I had already done this, and these email communications were a result of Mr. Wilkinson refusing to admit he has any information responsive to my request. Please note that I stated "If any of the information cannot be released to me in whole or in part because of confidentiality, please list those documents in question." The latter was not done.
You will note the following records request. Your offices have consistently failed to reply to my message stating that it is impossible for Mr. Wilkinson to not have Asarco El Paso Mercury data (for example) from the TCEQ when the TCEQ itself has sent me ASARCO mercury data. There is no one else who oversees the remediation at the TCEQ. He is the sole contact."
Google News Alert for: toxic waste
|"Toxic Hudson River Sediment Could Poison Texas Aquifer |
Environment News Service - USA
The train cars will have plastic covers that would do nothing to hold the toxic waste in the event of a derailment. These train cars should be properly ...
PCBs leaked from the GE Hudson Falls Plant site into the Hudson River (Photo courtesy U.S. EPA)"
Monday, May 18, 2009
Public comments IGNORED by both the DOJ, TCEQ and EPA in their public response to Asarco El Paso bankruptcy FRAUD statement
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|Subject:||Public comments IGNORED by both the DOJ, TCEQ and EPA in their public response to Asarco El Paso bankruptcy FRAUD statement|
|Date:||Mon, 18 May 2009 13:31:01 -0600|
|To:||Lorinda Gardner <LGARDNER@tceq.state.tx.us>, "pubcomment- ees.enrd"[AT]usdoj.gov, tonia.fleetwood[AT]usdoj.gov, AskDOJ[AT]usdoj.gov, jackson.lisa[AT]epa.gov, jackson.lisap[AT]epa.gov, AskDOJ[AT]usdoj.gov, pubcomment-ees.enrd[AT]usdoj.gov, Peter.Ambler[AT]mail.house.gov, eliot.shapleigh[AT]senate.state.tx.us|
To: TCEQ, EPA and DOJ
Fr: Heather McMurray
cc/bc: Concerned parties, including media and the IBWC
sb: Public comments IGNORED by both the DOJ, TCEQ and EPA in their public response to Asarco El Paso bankruptcy FRAUD statement
The Federal Department of Justice "update" to the official response to public comments concerning the ASARCO EL PASO BANKRUPTCY is excerpted below. The link is at the bottom of this email. The list of comments received mentions 1738 timely comments and 25 transcribed comments. The table below and the document does not mention ANY of the concerns that I expressed.
I would like to know why.
I know from the transcribed-public-comments session that no one raised the concerns that I gave; and, that I said AT THAT SESSION that the concerned citizens of Sunland Park (Sunland Park Grassroots environmental Group/SPGEG) are tired of not having their questions answered.
In my opinion, this ongoing silence regarding the SPGEG's letter to the Governor -- handed in person to him twice over 2 years (and to the U.S. DOJ Bankruptcy Trustee) and the absence of ANY RESPONSE to these questions shows that the EPA, the TCEQ and the DOJ are failing to address the evidence in these documents.
That the EPA, the DOJ and the TCEQ have failed to mention or address the concerns in my public-comments; that they have failed to mention or address the concerns expressed by Bill Guerra Addington regarding content of the formerly confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only EPA/DOJ 1998 document and what happened at ASARCO EL PASO TEXAS; and that they have failed to do so despite multiple opportunities when they received these concerns and could have replied to these is significant.
We in the Paso del Norte Region (El Paso TX, the community of old Anapra Mexico and the residents living in Sunland Park NM) want honest answers from our government.
We are tired of the continued cover-up.
We are tired of the inability of our government to give honest answers while:
- Grupo Mexico (Ferromex/UP) (owned 20% by Carlyle Group) bids on a 45 year freight rail contract to operate and carry freight from the new Punta Colonet Baja-Mexico-seaport along northern Mexico up through the new international city of San Jeronimo/Santa Teresa, within a 15 mile-radius of the ASARCO EL PASO illegal/secret toxic-waste stacks WITHOUT DECLARING THE ILLEGAL AND STILL-SECRET TOXIC WASTE.
- EPA/TCEQ have known for some time that Asarco contaminated the international Hueco Bolson and the Rio Grande (and, a huge desalinization-plant has since been built on Fort Bliss property for the City of El Paso to remove 99% of the contaminants from the Hueco Bolson waters) yet they are only now telling the public.
- The IBWC workers remain sick from working right next to the old ASARCO EL PASO smelter stacks, while the OIG from our STATE DEPARTMENT (3/05) agreed that they were sick and that they couldn't get independent medical review in our region; and, while the IBWC has consistently been asking for help for the ASARCO contamination and the cracking-old American canal (build over 70 years ago after International-Treaty at American dam to separate Mexico from American waters) since 2001 -- eight long years ago.
Our government, as the CNN video on ASARCO EL PASO aptly said, is "broken government"; and we respectfully ask those within the new Presidential Administration to pay attention to our plight down here; and, begin to make things right.
[see page 33 and 34 of document linked below for the table that is mentioned]
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We have added the Department of Justice's responses to public comments regarding the El Paso settlement as well as other environmental settlements under consideration by the bankruptcy court. To go directly to that 74 page document, click here.
To go directly to the ASARCO webpage, click here.
on Friday formalized its $1.55 billion offer for bankrupt U.S. copper
miner Asarco LLC by filing its own proposal for Asarco's reorganization
in a Texas court.... is competing against a $1.7 billion offer from
India's Sterlite Industries (STRL.BO).... Grupo Mexico said it is
offering $1.3 billion in cash and a $250 million fully committed loan to
regain control of Asarco. Sterlite's offer is for $1.1 billion in cash
and and about $600 million of senior secured notes, payable over nine