After a 100 year history of smelting and refining in El Paso, Texas, Asarco entered into a bankruptcy settlement of its environmental liabilities. The clean-up of the former operations in El Paso is being led by the Texas Custodial Trust (Roberto Puga, Trustee). The Trust’s objectives were to maximize asset recovery while safely preparing the site for the remediation and eventual redevelopment.
During its 100 years of operation, the El Paso facility had been used for smelting a range of metals, including lead, zinc, cadmium, arsenic and copper. Asset identification and recovery from the site would help to increase funds available to the trust to remediate the site. The demolition was expected to attract a great deal of public interest due to the site history and the demolition of the two remaining concrete smoke stacks, one 650 feet (200 meters) and the other 830 feet (250 meters). Read further on Asarco