In May’s edition of Zmagazine, I published an article on the people’s struggle against copper smelting giant Asarco in El Paso. As the article notes, the TCEQ’s granting of an air permit to the plant paves the way for it to re-open. Should Asarco be allowed to once more belch its chemical laden pollutants into the air of El Paso, the residents would be once more subjected to the company’s callous lack of concern.
The publication of “Helter Smelter,” comes on the heels of the EPA announcing its desire to have stricter airborne lead standards. There are critics who assail the standards being proposed by saying they do not go far enough. Their critique adds another plane of understanding in terms of placing the true meaning of the re-opening of Asarco in its proper context.
I can’t count the number of times I have spoken of El Paso with great reverence only to have my comments rebuked by friends with the common refrain, “But I drove through there once and it just looked dirty.” It is in this response that I hope you will find the time to read my article (linked below) to learn about who has been dirrrtying things up there for decades in the first place: