In a serious breach of US and International Law, 300 tons of unidentified substances from the Rocky Mountain Arsenal were burned illegally by
now-bankrupt Asarco, and its subsidiary, Encycle. The companies burned thousands of tons of waste materials illegally, under the pretenses of
resource extraction. The documents detailing the activities were recently revealed, after having been kept confidential by the companies. The
materials were burned in the late nineties, in El Paso. Most shocking, government officials knew details as early as the late nineties, and the
information has not been made public until now.
Michael D. Goodstein, who as a Justice Department environmental lawyer helped negotiate the 1999 settlement with Asarco, said the E.P.A. memorandum
detailing Asarco’s violations was for internal use and was not meant to become public.
“This was the E.P.A. position, and it was addressed in the enforcement actions and the settlement approved by the judge,” Mr. Goodstein, who is
out of the government, said in an interview. Although the 122-page settlement does not spell out misdeeds, it commits Asarco to lengthy remedies,
including the proper recycling of hazardous waste.
Terry Clawson, a spokesman for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, also said, “You can’t say this was unknown.”
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300 tons of unspecified residue from a chemical weapons arsenal, burned in an El Paso smelter, and the EPA doesn't think any of us need that
information until 7 years or so have passed? Nevermind the thousands of tons of other dangerous materials, this is 300 tons of unidentified residue
from a freakin' chemical warfare depot!
I am disgusted with the company, but at least their motives are understandable. But what could compel the EPA to be so irresponsible in their role as
the watchdogs of public health? Could it have something to do with the fact that their ranks are increasingly filled by the corporate revolving door?
Yeah, I think that might have something to do with it...
[edit on 11-10-2006 by WyrdeOne]