ASARCO demolition protests held on border

ASARCO demolition protests held on border
Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 9:45pm

Groups from both sides of the border protested the ASARCO smokestack demolition.

Residents who live near the historic stacks gathered at the border to demand the demolition be put on hold until an environmental impact study is done..

As we've reported, Site Trustee Roberto Puga says they've already met all guidelines set out by the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Former ASARCO worker Daniel Arellano, who was diagnosed with MDS or Preleukemia years ago, says he knows there are contaminants on the site he does not want people to be exposed to.

"It was confirmed by Congress (in 2006) that {ASARCO} did pass military wastes and pesticides through this plant, illegally for 10 years and secretly," he said.

The groups will hold another protest Saturday asking for the environmental implications of the demolition.

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