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

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Letter to concerned citizens

http://www.scribd.com/doc/17463628/20061026-SPGEG-to-Gov-Richardson-With-Exhibits

Hi,

This letter asks about the ASARCO contamination, which we are all concerned about.  It was hand-delivered to the N.M. Governor in 2006 and again in 2008.  

I am copying Ron Curry NM Environmental Secretary on this email because he has also failed (like the Governor) to answer the questions presented in this letter -- and yet he is being considered as a new head of the EPA Region 6 (which includes both Texas and New Mexico)!  

In my opinion it would be wrong to have Sec. Curry run EPA Region 6 when he has sacrificed the community of Sunland Park for years to the Asarco contamination, and consistently failed to answer our questions.  Our community is increasingly concerned at the complete lack of concern for this contamination.   Our regional mobility authority (Mexico, NM and TX) has planned (and the MPO approved funds) to build an elevated toll-road right next to the contaminated ASARCO plant over our drinking/irrigation water open-canal so that the massive-planned-international community of San Jeronimo-Santa Teresa can be connected to the El Paso TX highway system. 

Appalling.

That elevated toll road would put pylons every 30 feet into the extremely contaminated (and fissured) ground to the depth of twenty feet.   Yet the secret poisons that the EPA told the Federal DOJ in 1998 ASARCO burned for profit-for-years have NOT BEEN DISCLOSED.   God only knows what is in that dirt and ground-water, that could get into our drinking water and irrigation water from such construction-activities!!

The San Jeronimo-Santa Teresa International City lies within a 15 mile contamination zone around the 110-year-old ASARCO plant  -- and, we know from ASARCO's Tacoma WA example that the contamination extended out 30 miles!!!

The people of Sunland Park and neighboring areas (I live in that area) would like their questions answered.  

Friday, July 24, 2009

Halliburton wins CONTRACT from Mexico PEMEX and the DOJ/EPA continue to ignore ASARCO illegal secret toxic wastes left in Paso del Norte Region

Halliburton Wins Mexico Drilling Contract Worth $169 Million Pemex ...
"Halliburton Wins Mexico Drilling Contract Worth $169 Million Pemex (Nasdaq). July 23rd, 2009 Posted in Archivos |. MEXICO CITY -(Dow Jones)- Oilfield services giant Halliburton Co. (HAL) has won a $169 million contract..."

Thursday, July 23, 2009

20090719 SAIC whisteblower and DOJ begin investigation into SAIC illegal collusion over 3.2 billion $ contract

"A former employee, recently joined by the Department of Justice, has
filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of
Mississippi, alleging that Science Applications International
Corp....and others improperly colluded with government officials to
obtain a General Services Administration information technology contract
worth up to $3.2 billion. An investigation on behalf of current long
term investors of SAIC, Inc (Public, NYSE:SAI) was announced."
http://www.theopenpress.com/index.php?a=press&id=54049

SAIC is the EPA contractor that was called in to test at ASARCO-El Paso
years ago, when TCEQ said that the testing was beyond their
jurisdiction. SAIC carries very high level security clearance, and
advertises various products at shows, including fingerprint (biometrics)
I.D.

ASARCO Helena MT HANDLED THE SECRET TOXIC WASTE FOR YEARS AND NOW WILL REMOVE ITS STACKS BY EXPLOSIONS?!?!?!

Google News Alert for: asarco
Asarco smokestacks in Helena to be demolished | kxnet.com North ...
KXMC - Minot,ND,USA
AP Asarco environmental manager Jon Nickel says the company recently signed an agreement with the Cleveland Wrecking Co. to use explosives to take down the ...
See all stories on this topic

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

[Fwd: Google Alert - asarco] Grupo Mexico quarterly net profit drops 47 pct

Google News Alert for: asarco
Grupo Mexico quarterly net profit drops 47 pct
Reuters - USA
"... mention the status of a continuing legal battle in the United States to regain control of its bankrupt US subsidiary, Arizona-based copper miner Asarco. ..."
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Monday, July 20, 2009

"UPDATE 1-Asarco may SELL its award from Southern Copper [law]suit"

Asarco may sell its award from Southern Copper suit

"WILMINGTON, Delaware, July 20 (Reuters) - Bankrupt mining company Asarco may sell its multibillion-dollar court award stemming from a suit against its former parent and has contacted more than 100 potential bidders, according to court documents....Asarco said it has asked Barclays Capital Inc to evaluate the potential bids for the court award, which includes about $5 billion of the common stock in Southern Copper Corp...and about $1.4 billion in cash.....Asarco said most of the potential bidders were hedge funds [Harbinger is a hedge fund, for example] , private equity firms [Carlyle Group is a private equity firm, for example] or institutional investors...."

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Residents next to ASARCO smelter long ago tried to demand Refrigerated Air rather than Evaporative Cooling, to eliminate open windows

Monica Perales December 2003 PhD dissertation "Smeltertown: a
biography of a mexican american community 1880-1973"

PAGE 295 "THAT ALL [Smeltertown]
RESIDENTS BE PROVIDED WITH AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS TO ELIMINATE THE USE
OF  OPEN WINDOWS AND DOORS FOR VENTILATION"  --- from a rpt by the El Paso Chemical
Laaboratories (conducting rpt for the health and environmental District -- not county).

'We have support of US government, unions on Asarco'

Press Trust of India / New Delhi July 19, 2009, 15:47 IST

"Anil AgarwalNRI billionaire Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Resources today said it will not offer more than the already announced $1.87 billion to buy bankrupt American miner Asarco but is confident that it can clinch the deal with the support of the US government
and the trade unions.

"We will not increase our bid in any circumstances. We believe we are well placed. The US government is with us, the trade union is with us," Vedanta Resources Chairman Anil Agarwal told PTI in an interview on the phone....

If the Asarco bid is lost, Agarwal said that he will look for other opportunities...."

http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/%5Cwe-have-supportus-govt-unionsasarco%5C/68194/on