ASARCO Smelter Site Cleanup, El Paso, Texas
02 DEC 2010

New Updates to the ASARCO Smelter Site Website

The Texas Custodial Trust is committed to the remediation of the Site and to working with the surrounding community and stakeholders. As part of our stakeholder outreach efforts we are dedicated to maintaining a website that has the most current and up-to-date site information. Please note that there have been new website updates and some new site activities. These include:

  1. Demolition Contractor Bid Process

    Over 30 contractors submitted information to be considered for the opportunity to bid on the site-wide demolition. The Trust is appreciative of the effort of so many contractors. The following contractors were selected to participate in the bidding process:

    • Bierlein Companies, Inc.
    • Brandenburg Industrial Service Company
    • CST Environmental, LP
    • DH Griffin of Texas, Inc.
    • LVI Environmental Services
    • WRScompass

    Companies that were not selected as a candidate prime contractor in the bidding process may still be eligible to conduct work as a subcontractor to the successful prime contractor. The bidding process will take place in December 2010. Additional information regarding the schedule and details of the bidding process will be provided in the coming weeks via e-mail and website announcements ( Information regarding contracting services for the remediation phases of the work will be provided in the future on the website.

  2. Rail Removal

    The first phase of rail removal activities is complete. More than 60 loads of rail and 40 loads of rail ties and other track material were shipped off site for reuse and/or recycle. The second phase of rail removal will begin once the site-wide demolition activities are complete.

  3. Asset Sales

    We are continuing to market all Site assets. Scrap ferrous materials readily accessible on site are being removed by CMC, after decontamination at the Site. Money generated by the sale of scrap materials goes directly to fund cleanup and remedial action of the Site. Please view the ‘Assets’ tab of the website for a specific list of items that have been sold.

  4. Contop & Old Reverb

    Removal of the superstructure surrounding the furnaces (known as the Contop and Old Reverb) has begun. This work is being done as part of asset sales. Currently, crews are preparing the structures by removing accumulated dust and rinsing structure surfaces. When the superstructure removal activities are complete, assets (such as ore and slag) contained within the furnaces will be accessible for recovery. Please click here to view our Draft Demolition Health and Safety Plan (HASP).

  5. Community Meeting on Oct. 19th

    A Community Meeting was held on October 19th in the main downtown library. There was a presentation on progress in the last 10 months, community outreach, site characterization, demolition, and Parker Brothers arroyo. The entire meeting presentation is available on our website. Please click here to view this presentation. Thank you to all stakeholders that participated in the meeting.

  6. Smelting Process Report

    As part of our site characterization work we researched which processes were used at the site to handle concentrate and other materials. Click here to view the report on the ASARCO El Paso Smelting Processes, October 2010.

  7. Site Survey

    The Site Survey has been completed. Click here to view the survey.

  8. Community Scholars Report

    The Community Scholars Report ‘Smelting the Past, Refining the Future: The ASARCO Redevelopment Process’ can be downloaded from our website. Please click here to view this document.

  9. Public Comment Period for Work Plans Has Ended

    Please note that the public comment period is now over for the below Work Plans (comments were due by 11/26). We will be responding to received comments within the next few weeks.

    • Draft Community Relations Plan (CRP)
    • Draft Community Assurance Plan (CAP)
    • Demolition Health and Safety Plan (HASP)
    • Draft Final Site Health and Safety Plan
    • Draft Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP)

Thank you for your interest in the website. We appreciate your blog posts and are working to answer any questions in a timely manner.