Otherwise I have no confidence in your test results, given the secrecy and lies our community has had to handle and deal with since this began back in 1987. Our health, environmental governmental agencies, our courts have all failed to protect public health; and, worse of all given the documents we now have we realize the extent of it. NO ONE in eight years in any FOIA or PIA request let us know that ASARCO had been acting as a High Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Contractor for the U.S. D.O.E. handling sites like Hanford and Oakridge. In 1998 when the smelter decided to idle the plant, El Paso had the highest Beta radiation levels in the nation according to the EPA. When I asked BIll Luthans and his health physicist about it, they played word games with me, saying it was normal background radiation and did not tell us about Molycorp and its high levels of NORM going through our plants. Luthans has been here through the 1990's, serving as chair of the La Paz "JAC" for the USA along with an Asarco executive for many years. That JAC has not even responded to the critical Radon problem documented in El Paso TX years ago, and presented to the JAC.
Several years ago, Mr. Charles Fisher came here to the Asarco El Paso site and refused (along with the TCEQ rep. and Puga) to release to me a 2 inch piece of slag from the Ionics Brine Distillation plant' fire that handled all the site's process waters, was installed during the 1990's, and was rated to remove LLRW. He was not helpful, gave no new information, and maintained the status quo for the EPA. Meanwhile, Puga was picking other stuff off the ground in buildings and handing it to me to "save".
You know that our wind picks up late afternoon and goes full force at night. Dust suppression "
Thank you for writing but your response is hardly reassuring after the eight years I have put into trying to get actual scientific samples and real data from our government.
IF YOU WANT MY CONFIDENCE then release all the invoices listed by invoice number in the 1998 73 page EPA US D.O.J. confidential for settlement purposes only document. I was promised copies. I am still waiting, years later. I wonder why there is such resistance to releasing what is Public Information (once the invoice numbers were released in a public document, they became public information). Release a full metals analysis (like the one on my blog site done by a local citizen on his attic dust) on the sludge sent from the Asarco El Paso main circulation pond to the dump in Robstown TX for disposal in 2006. Answer the questions submitted by the children of Anapra N.M. regarding Asarco El Paso to the N.M. Governor/Ron Curry.
You know that this site, even more than East Helena MT should be a Superfund Site, to be protective of public health and drinking water.
Heather Mcmurray, m.s. biological sciences, certified science teacher
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
EPA offers information. But not the information we were promised. And, will they agree to split samples?
, "Fisher,Charles" , "Edlund,Carl" , "Phillips,Pam" , "Meyer,John" , "Anderson,Israel"
Subject: Re: El Paso Demolition
Date: Apr 16, 2013 10:24 PM
Posted by Elpaso at Tuesday, April 16, 2013