El Paso TX also has a rash of teratogenic birth defects (also heart defects) - especially during the mid-1990's at the height of Asarco's illegal activities. Word of mouth, off the record, is that OBYN's and family doctors have told parents that the birth defects were due to something that they ingested, something in the water. But no one is willing to go on record to state that.
"Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has ordered two state agencies to investigate a rash of birth defects that have confounded impoverished Kettleman City for more than a year....The birth defects became a rallying point last year for residents trying to stop the expansion plans of the West's largest hazardous waste facility by Chemical Waste Management Inc. Their stories of miscarriages and the photographs they carried of children with facial defects failed to convince the Kings County Board of Supervisors that the company's expansion plans should not go forward."It seems like we're finally getting justice," said resident Maricela Mares-Alatorre, whose family first butted heads with Waste Management 20 years ago [1986 - the year that Asarco Encycle started-up] over plans to build an incinerator."