Readers Respond: Asarco
from the NPT Inbox
Posted on February 15, 2008
Statement issued by Silvestre Reyes immediately following - "Ju-TEP is in grave danger with this decision. Ju gonna be breathing a lot of malo stuff over at Ju-TEP." -- Gabe
Now Cook, Byrd, Ortega, Lilly, O'Rourke, Veronica Escobar and assorted supporters know how el segundo people feel. Reason doesn't always, win does it? Incompetent bunch of nitwits. -- Jesus
The bigger issue here is that basically El Pasoans are powerless in determining the best interest of their own community. I cannot imagine Austin allowing such to happen in their city. A Pox on Gov. Perry and his commissisoners. -- Martina
The Commission clearly ignored the public good in its decision. The monitoring requirements are just eyewash. The very sight of ASARCO on our skyline is not acceptable.
I commend the City on its decision to appeal this decision; however, I believe that the City should not only keep the facility closed as a public nuisance, but should require that it clean up all hazardous material on site. -- Marvin
I have know those in our commuinty worked with TECQ in other matters I would interested to understand what it is that they do not understand about the El Paso Community's Environmental difficulties. Austin needs to visit El Paso and sit in Kern, sit at UTEP or just take walk in the Mission Hills area then determine if adding another source of pollutants is a prudent idea. -- Pamela
I'm truly disgusted with the TCEQ decision. All I want to know is how long do we have before they fire up the smelter? Need to know how much time I have before I get the hell out of this city. --Omar
The TECQ is nothing but a bunch of overpaid and under the table paid politician's they dont have to remain in El Paso and smell all those poisons. This is why Asarco is not in Austin They would not allow them to be there. This is an outrage are we to just start our lives smelling all that garbage just because a bunch of idiots decided to allow the killer of the human race to begain its torture again here in our beautiful city. Sure they will comply with the rules imposed on them maybe for a couple of Months and then what? who stops them at Midnight when the smoke is at its worst because this is when they turn it on full blast sending tons of pollutants and dangerous poisons into our air I'm just going to pray that the Smokestack crumbles to the ground sometime soon. -- Joe
Maybe the FBI should check into any payments made to the TCEQ by Asarco. This is an outrage and the TCEQ should be ashamed at completely disregarding the voices of El Paso and it's political leaders. -- Ray
One again, special interests have won. The saddest part is that this is not a surprise. And it is clear that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality does not protect the Quality of the Environment. It should be renamed to something that better fits its true mission: protecting hazardous polluters. -- Armando
What a disgrace to public service (The TCEQ). -- Scott
I told my wife we will leave our home if this happened. I am now faced with the stark realty of staying and geting sick or leaving. I pray intervention towards a Corporate client that has no guilt or remorse for all the detrimental things they have done. I am placing my belief in the people, and will stand to until the last man falls. --Stafford
As expected -- Ken
HURRAY FOR ASARCO. I AM GLAD THEY CAN CONTINUE TO DO BUSINESS! -- April
Crummy pix! You guys need a photographer. -- Ron S.
I am glad Asarco got their permit. It is about time we finally get some decent paying jobs here in town instead of the ridiculously low paying jobs our civic leaders keep courting like all the call centers. It is amazing how such a small number of people keep crying over something they can’t prove anyway. The simple fact is that if you don’t like the area you live in MOVE. At some point some of these BOZOs will have to realize that the city as well as residents need the economic boost Asarco will provide. -- Juan
Having served on the PSB Board (El Paso Water Utilities) and having gone to Austin to speak and hear a decision by the TCEQ, I knew early on that the decision would be to allow ASARCO to re-open. The political appointees of this and other State boards are not driven by the wishes of the people, but rather by special interest groups and not the people. -- Martin Silva
Thank you for covering this story. I am a resident in the El Paso Kern Place area and am not surprised at the decision. We need to keep the faith and continue to work towards this goal of closing the plant down permanently!!! I was a student at UTEP when they were open and the air quality was just devastating! I continue to write to the TCEQ and the governor in hopes that they will listen to what El Paso needs.
Thank you again. -- Norma Cortez
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