To: Lorinda Gardner [tceq regional director, El Paso TX]
Sb: Response to Lorinda Gardner's three emails sent 2:36 pm 12-Aug-09
Ms. Gardner, you and Asarco have denied our community group's (SPGEG) request. We asked for split samples. We asked for funds to run the tests at a lab of our choice.
You (TCEQ) are denying this request unnecessarily in favor of the industry who the EPA let us know burned the secret toxic waste here for a decade. I would like an explanation for why the TCEQ invented a road-block. Your actions throw suspicion on any further testing that the TCEQ may claim to "independently" conduct at Asarco and suggest there may be conflicts-of-interest about coming-clean with the Paso del Norte community.
The TCEQ and its attorneys are quite aware of the formerly-confidential-for-settlement-purposes-only EPA document to the Federal DOJ (http://archives.newspapertree.com/Asarco/asarco_1998_memo.pdf) in which the EPA said Asarco burned unmanifested toxic wastes for profit for nearly a decade. Rep. Reyes (Chair of the House Intelligence Committee) stated on record that Asarco paid millions on condition that details of what it had done would not become public. However, this document is now a public document, and the secret of the terrible chemical contamination of our community and watershed is out.
NOTICE: THIS WILL DIRECT YOUR ATTENTION TO UNITED STATES V. PANARELLA, 277 F.3RD 678 AND UNITED STATES V. GRAY, NO. 95-50533,