El Paso Times – EPA cleanup of Asarco site is sought

Former Asarco employees — citing inadequate testing for contaminants and other concerns — called Monday for the Environmental Protection Agency to take over the cleanup of the century-old smelter site on El Paso’s West Side.

“The smelter incinerated military hazardous waste and there were decades of burials that were unregulated and remain on site,” said Verónica Carbajal, a Texas RioGrande Legal Aid attorney who is representing the workers. “There are no plans to test for the contaminants that are most damaging to our community.”

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