Mexico/USA: Protests for & against reopening of Asarco smelter in El Paso which polluted in the past

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Author: J. D. Olivas y A. Castañón, El Diario [México]

Luego de las manifestaciones de la comunidad realizadas a últimos días, [Asarco (parte de Grupo México)] dio a conocer que sus operaciones no serán como las de antes y que no contribuirá a la contaminación del aire. “Con frecuencia tenemos que informar a los habitantes que la fundidora de cobre actual no es la fundidora de plomo del pasado....”, manifestó en una misiva la representante de la compañía, Teresa Montoya...“Quienes se oponen a Asarco por lo general están poco informados sobre las emisiones de aire...”...Se unen grupos– Con pancartas y tres actos simbólicos, legisladores y organizaciones sociales de México y Estados Unidos se manifestaron ayer en contra de la reapertura de la empresa Asarco que pudiera ser decidida mañana en Austin, Texas...el activista Félix Pérez, de la Alianza Internacional Ecologista del Bravo...[a]gregó que Asarco contaminó la región durante 100 años...

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17 June 2007

Sparks fly at pro-Asarco reopening rally

Author: Adriana M. Chávez, El Paso Times [USA]

For former Asarco employee Jimmy Dominguez, seeing the battle for and against the mothballed copper smelter has been heart-wrenching. Dominguez said he would like to return to his former employer, and is dismayed to see what he calls myths about Asarco influence many El Pasoans against seeing the smelter reopen...About two dozen Asarco supporters attended Saturday's rally, at times getting into heated arguments with a group of people opposed to the smelter's reopening. Those who attended the rally against Asarco included West-Central city Rep. Susie Byrd, County Commissioner Veronica Escobar and state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso...Shapleigh said...that the smelter would emit 7,000 tons of pollution if reopened. "We need clean air, and we need good jobs."

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