In the letter to the TCEQ, the EPA provides a list of equipment that would have had to be repaired to, as the letter concludes, “avoid a potential objection to the Title V permit, a stop work order … and/or an enforcement action.”
The letters assert that Asarco was permanently shut down under federal standards — Asarco had claimed it was a temporary shut down — and would have to rebuild much of its equipment and pass tougher new federal air pollution standards. (Read the letters via links below this article.)
Asarco officials, contacted for comment, restated the message in the news release the company sent today — that the decision had to do with the world’s economy.
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