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I happened upon an article from a U.S. paper regarding environmental cleanup of arsenic and lead contaminated soil in a community (Ruston/North Tacoma, Washington) where the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) had run a copper smelter from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Environmental cleanup is underway by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but what is really interesting, is that, as part of bankruptcy proceedings, ASARCO, owned by Grupo Mexico, has agreed to fund environmental clean-up for affected communities in the United States.

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I happened upon an article from a U.S. paper regarding environmental cleanup of arsenic and lead contaminated soil in a community (Ruston/North Tacoma, Washington) where the American Smelting and Refining Company (ASARCO) had run a copper smelter from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Environmental cleanup is underway by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but what is really interesting, is that, as part of bankruptcy proceedings, ASARCO, owned by Grupo Mexico, has agreed to fund environmental clean-up for affected communities in the United States.

The EPA's resolve to finish the job was strengthened further last month by an agreement in ASARCO's bankruptcy proceedings. The judge in the case approved a deal in which ASARCO, purchased by Grupo Mexico, will pay all of its environmental liabilities in the United States, including the Ruston site. Read more: http://www. thenewstribune.com/2010/01/24 /1041785/news-brief-24asarcog. html#ixzz0sOZTe8C2

As a former citizen of Buchans, I feel angry that ASARCO has not also been held accountable for their Canadian environmental liabilities. Will the allocated taxpayer funds be enough to cover the cost of clearing the environmental mess left by ASARCO and their associates? How will we know?

Joanne Hodder

Edmonton

Organizations: ASARCO, Grupo Mexico, American Smelting and Refining Company U.S. Environmental Protection Agency EPA

Geographic location: United States, Buchans, Edmonton

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  • Welder
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    We ain't seen nothin yet. Wait until Vale Inco is finished with Sandy Pond. The citizens on NL were sold out by the Danny and Charlene.

  • Red
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    The current government don't even consider the consequences of big industry, because the big pile of money and a few years work blur their vision. Charlene Johnson has sold us out and will be remembered forever for the unnecessary destruction of such a beautiful and unique part of our province. I will even buy a plaque and erect it by Sandy Pond so noone will ever forget who is responsible for this mess, I sure wouldn't want to be her kid.

  • Eli
    July 20, 2010 - 13:02

    Newfoundland has a monster by the tail with this Vale crowd. They play hard ball big time as has been demonstrated in Ontario and Labrador. But the culprit in this deal is the Danny Williams government. Shame on the lot.