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ASARCO ⁄ El Paso County Metals Site

El Paso’s ASARCO facility has operated as a lead smelter and refinery since 1887. The smelter has been inoperative for several years, with negotiations and planning for cleanup of the site occurring since then. In December 2009, ASARCO signed an agreement guiding the course of the cleanup, which will be lead by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

On April 13, the Asarco Trustee conducted a demolition of the two onsite chimneys.  EPA has reviewed the air monitoring data and concludes that air quality standards were not exceeded.   For more information, see the full report. (12 pp, 250 KB, About PDF)

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