Times Q&A: Man leading Asarco cleanup...

Times Q&A: Man leading Asarco cleanup says saving stack would cost $14M

There are 31 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 17, 2011, titled Times Q&A: Man leading Asarco cleanup says saving stack would cost $14M. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

Roberto Puga is the man in charge of cleaning up more than 100 years of smelting activity at the Asarco site.

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Moe

Cleveland, OH

#1 Apr 18, 2011
If it is going to be so safe lets move silly council and county commissioners meetings there as well as their offices! Bottom line residential equates to more tax money. What a view, freeway and Juarez.
Mister Chuco

Santa Fe, NM

#2 Apr 18, 2011
How much $maller would this man's contract be if it didn't include taking down the stack? His interest is in taking it down. An independent study should have been made,
Gary

United States

#3 Apr 18, 2011
Moe wrote:
If it is going to be so safe lets move silly council and county commissioners meetings there as well as their offices! Bottom line residential equates to more tax money. What a view, freeway and Juarez.
Yea no kidding what a wonderful view these homes are going to have, desert view homes couldn't pay me to move in lol
US CITIZEN

United States

#4 Apr 18, 2011
Here it comes. The bull crap and then Puga will ask for more money from El Paso tax payers. Get ready to pay.
tell it like it is

United States

#5 Apr 18, 2011
I can not believe that there is support to keep the smoke stack. What a waste of taxpayers dollars. Our illustrious mayor was suggesting the same. Time for Lily and Cook to both go away...
English 101

El Paso, TX

#6 Apr 18, 2011
Why keep the big stack? It would serve no useful purpose. Let's move on!
treehugger

Austin, TX

#7 Apr 18, 2011
Mister Chuco wrote:
How much $maller would this man's contract be if it didn't include taking down the stack? His interest is in taking it down. An independent study should have been made,
WHY keep it? It's a symbol of decades of killer and cancer-causing pollutants being spewed all over the El Paso/Juarez region. Why waste the money in hiring an independent study?
Scarface

El Paso, TX

#8 Apr 18, 2011
The smoke stack you see is only a sleeve type outer structure surrounding the actual flue that carried the smoke upwards. This should probably present a new problem when it becomes public and additional funds via taxes will surface upwards like the smoke it once carried.....get ready cause here it comes!
EPtx

El Paso, TX

#9 Apr 18, 2011
Who wouldnt want to sit at home and watch the sun go down over the colonias to the sound of gun fire
LLBD

El Paso, TX

#10 Apr 18, 2011
I'm concerned about what's inside the stack, afterall 110 years of smoke went up that stack, and who knows what is in it all - including Contop and hazardous waste that was burned there. Can they cover the site with some sort of cover, so that what ever is in the stacks can be controlled while coming down? Otherwise, I'm just really glad to see it all go!
Save the Smokestack

El Paso, TX

#11 Apr 18, 2011
I think we could save the smokestack and get the 14 Million by raising taxes. Some are wanting to have a bake sale, but it would take a lot of cookies to raise 14 M. Perhaps it would be best to just let it somestack come down. I am not sure. It is a part of our history. What do you think?
Peter

El Paso, TX

#12 Apr 18, 2011
Lilly needs to go. Please don't re-elect her.
David

El Paso, TX

#13 Apr 18, 2011
99% of El Paso doesn't even know what ASARCO stands for. Why spend so much money to keep the stack there just as a symbol? Symbol of what? I am usually not one to disagree with spending money to improve the city but I think this would be a waste. There are too many other important things going on especially with all the state cut backs.
computer virus

El Paso, TX

#14 Apr 18, 2011
Who cares about the damm taxes. This smokestack is the reason El Paso is the laughing stock of Texas. The ignorant idiots who argue about paying taxes to help destroy it, are ANOTHER reason El Paso is the laughing stock of Texas.
Asarco tower of poison

United States

#15 Apr 18, 2011
Destroy that poison tower. $14 million to save what, a tower of death that has haunted us ever since it went up. Give me break, I can think of $14 million other reasons for which that $$$ could be put to good use.
jeff79922

El Paso, TX

#16 Apr 18, 2011
Instead of preserving it, implode it like an old Vegas Casino. Make it an event. Make an official video of it imploding. Then, sell pieces of it for donations to a worthy cause. Why do so many people want to keep it up? Take a picture of it.
lenore

El Paso, TX

#17 Apr 18, 2011
leave asarco there... make a historical monument out of it and use the money that otherewise would have gone towards clean-up/demolition..... to make trans mountain (woodrow bean) road more safe for wildlife instead...and while we are at it, lets buy the land where the cliff inn (to the south of sierra medical center) used to be and make a park out of it. Its all cleared away and is in a nice central location with an awesome view. It would sure beat another building complex.
Robnelp

El Paso, TX

#18 Apr 18, 2011
This is getting ridiculous and anyone who has read the nearly dozen stories the Times has written over the last cpl years on this exact subject of "Saving the Stack" must question the Times objectivity on the subject and outright question if they are not trying to manipulate the situation.

WE DON'T WANT THAT EYESORE TO REMAIN!

We have expressed our feelings numerous times and OVERWHELMINGLY the citizens want it gone and do not want to spend a dime to save that monstrosity and 100 year + blight on the community.

I challenge Editor Chris Lopez to address these obvious agenda driven stories personally. If he has the guts to...which I doubt as he is more concerned with bolstering employee morale at the Times instead of addressing real issues and subject matter the readers are interested in.

How bout it Chris? Can't you leave your pom pom's and cheerleading skirt at home and do some real work for a change..
Nut Case

El Paso, TX

#19 Apr 18, 2011
lenore wrote:
leave asarco there... make a historical monument out of it and use the money that otherewise would have gone towards clean-up/demolition..... to make trans mountain (woodrow bean) road more safe for wildlife instead...and while we are at it, lets buy the land where the cliff inn (to the south of sierra medical center) used to be and make a park out of it. Its all cleared away and is in a nice central location with an awesome view. It would sure beat another building complex.
Why don't we use the money to erect an historical marker next to you? Then we can sell guided tours of that empty space between your ears. Blow the stack up in the winter when the prevailing winds are from the north and allow it to fall into Mexico. Clean up two eyesores for the price of one. What a deal.
Rick

El Paso, TX

#20 Apr 18, 2011
You should have asked him if HE would like to live in a new home on Asarco land right next to the 8 lanes of freeway noise and polution, near the train tracks and adjacent to the very stinky sewage treatment plant. This is a rediculous place to expect a developer to build homes and anyone buying there would be crazy. Yet the city is agressively going forward to rezone all the Asarco property to Smart Code as if there is viability of having houses, apartments and row house condos along with retail under apartments all next to a sewage treatment plant. It is suitable for manufacturing but not for living there even ignoring the heavy pollution that will remain. He might have mentioned that the ground water under Asarco is so poluted and will remain that way that it will have to be monitored for at least 300 more years.

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