Recasting the Smelter | Former ASARCO Smelter Site, El Paso, TX
  • Community Meeting Announcement

    A Community Meeting regarding the Former ASARCO Smelter Site is currently being scheduled for June 16, 2016. The purpose of this meeting is to inform the public of the current status of the site remediation.

    Downtown Main Library
    501 N Oregon
    El Paso, TX 79901

    Time: 5:30-7:00PM

    Additional information will be provided if available.

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  • Press Release: Site Incident – May 30, 2015


    There was a fatal incident at the former ASARCO Smelter Site in El Paso on May 30, 2015, involving an employee of a sub-contractor who is doing work at the Site. The sub-contractor’s employee had completed his assigned work for the day. He was not performing an assigned task at the time of the incident. He was found in an area that is restricted to all site personnel.

    The El Paso Police Department and OSHA are currently investigating this matter; the Trust will have no further statements until those investigations are complete.

    The Trust’s thoughts are with the family of the deceased.

    Roberto Puga, Custodial Trustee

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  • Upper Parker Brothers Arroyo Improvements Underway

    • Parker Brothers Arroyo - January 2012January 2012
    • Parker Brothers Arroyo - September 2012September 2012
    • Parker Brothers Arroyo - January 2015January 2015

  • The Trust’s 2015 Project Goals

    • Complete filling of the Category I landfill facility (Cell 4) and install the final cover system.
    • Complete all remaining on-site soil removals.
    • Obtain design approval and permits to construct the final cover and drainage system on the plant site.
    • Conclude monitoring of the field demonstration installation of the two permeable reactive barriers installed in Parker Brothers Arroyo (PBA).
    • Finish construction of the Channel to convey clean storm water through PBA.
    • Obtain design approval and permits to construct the East Property outlets and Upper Reach drainage systems that completes the lined channel from east of I-10 to Paisano.
    • Obtain design approval and permits to construct the cover system over the Fines Pile.
    • Obtain design approval and permits to construct the east side clean groundwater hydraulic control system.
    • Continue coordination with adjacent property owners regarding additional engineering projects: TxDOT (construction of the Border Highway West), IBWC (American Canal reconstruction), El Paso Electric (power pole replacement project).
    • Replace the existing electrical power service with new 13.kV electrical power system.
    • Continue to monitor air quality.
    • Continue to monitor groundwater and storm water in accordance with the approved monitoring plan.