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. Draft Community Relations PlanThe Draft Community Relations Plan (CRP) is now ready for public review and comment. The purpose of the CRP is to describe the communication between the Site Custodial Trustee, the community, and other stakeholders and to assure maximum and meaningful public involvement in remediation of the ASARCO Smelter Site. This plan also lays out the procedure for submitting and responding to public comments to Trust documents. The public has 3 weeks to review and comment on this Report. Please click here to download and view the CRP Report.
  2. Draft Community Assurance PlanThe Draft Community Assurance Plan (CAP) is now ready for public review and comment. The purpose of the CAP is to describe the actions that will be taken by the Texas Custodial Trust to assure the safety of the community adjacent to the former ASARCO Smelter location during activities at the Site. The public has 3 weeks to review and comment on this report. Please click here to download and view the CAP Report.*Please note that additional Site Reports will be available in the coming weeks including the Health & Safety Plan (HASP), Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), Sampling Plan (SAP) and the Remedial Action Work Plan (RAWP). For these larger documents the public will have a longer review and comment period (approximately six weeks).
  3. Comprehensive Asbestos Survey for Portions the Former ASARCO PlantThe purpose of the survey is to identify suspected asbestos containing materials so that proper abatement procedures can be developed and implemented. Materials suspected to contain asbestos as determined in the field by a Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS) licensed inspector will be sampled and analyzed to identify asbestos containing materials (ACM). The demolition project manual will include a listing of the identified ACM and establish the requirements for ACM removal and waste management.Current Results (field surveys still in progress)
    An asbestos survey has already been conducted on the Reverb, Contop, Calcine Highline, and Converter Building. The results of the survey are documented in a report prepared by AnE Consulting, Inc of El Paso, Texas. The identified ACM is identified in the field with paint. Below is a summary of the results for each area surveyed.

    • Contop – Asbestos was not identified.
    • Reverb – Mastic beneath a linoleum floor was identified as an ACM.
    • Calcine Highline – A textured coating on the metal siding panels was identified as an ACM.
    • Converter Building – Several insulation materials, gaskets, caulk and building siding panels were identified as ACM.

    The asbestos survey is being conducted for the remaining site facilities. The survey report will be made available on the project website when finalized. Please click here to view the Asbestos Survey.

  4. REMINDER: Community Meeting Scheduled for October 19th, 2010A Community Meeting is scheduled for October 19, 2010 from 6:30pm – 8:00pm. All community members are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss project status and upcoming activities.Details
    October 19th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    El Paso Downtown Public Library, Main Auditorium
    501 North Oregon Street

    Please join us to learn more about this project in your community.

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ASARCO Smelter Site Cleanup, El Paso, Texas