25 MAY 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. U.S. EPA’s Response to the Recent Concerned Citizens Letter, 5/10This document can be found on the ‘Site Reports and Documents’ section of the ‘Site Information’ page of the website.
  2. Hiring of an Environmental Engineering Consultant and Demolition ConsultantOn May 20th the Site Trustee selected Malcolm Pirnie (www.pirnie.com) as the Environmental Engineering Consultant (They are located at 211 N. Florence, Suite 202, El Paso, TX.). Malcolm Pirnie has a high-level of experience successfully completing similar complex remediation jobs in Texas. The initial tasks of the consultant will be to: create an updated site safety plan, analyze past site data and identify any data gaps and participate in the City’s charrette process.Additionally, ERM (www.erm.com) was hired as the demolition consultant (ERM is located at 100 Texaco Road, El Paso, TX). ERM has been selected to coordinate the plans and specs for the demolition. They are a major national consulting firm that has performed hundreds of similar and successful demolition projects across the country.
  3. City’s Charrette ProcessThe Site Trustee will be participating in the upcoming charrette process sponsored by the City of El Paso. This charrette will be held in El Paso from June 17-June 30. Public meetings, a hands-on public design session, interviews, and technical meetings will be used to quickly engage the community and give ample opportunity for group participation, as well as individual input into the City of El Paso’s Master Plan. For additional information, please contact Mathew McElroy, City of El Paso: Deputy Director – Planning and Development Services, McelroyMX@elpasotexas.gov, (915) 541-4193 or Fred Lopez at LopezAR@elpasotexas.gov.Background: A charrette is an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development. It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.
  4. Trustee Meeting ListIn order to achieve an open and transparent remediation process we have publicized a list of all the 2010 Trustee meetings to date. To view this list, please go to the ‘Community Input’ tab or click here.
  5. Site ActivitiesPlease note that the Site Activities portion of the website has been updated with our latest activities. To view these activities, please click here.
  6. ASARCO Process FiguresWe have updated the ‘Visuals’ portion of the website with various process figures illustrating the historical smelting activities that occurred onsite. These illustrations were originally created by ASARCO and we have included them on the website for historical interest.

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

ASARCO Smelter Site Cleanup, El Paso, Texas