Thursday, November 26, 2009
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
[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."
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Google Blogs Alert for: asarco bankruptcy
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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.
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September 21, 2002
"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."
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|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 <email@example.com>|
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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 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."
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
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."