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NPT: The best use for the Asarco site?

Solar thermal power plant, Barstow, Australia

After all, the sunlight and the tower are already there….

Artists impression of a tower in operation.

Read the BBC article about a similar power station in Spain here

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 5, 2009 at 11:16 am

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  1. Make it a very tall and skinny rock climbing wall?


    February 5, 2009 at 2:51 pm

  2. The Asarco site should be seriously considered as a location for the rail yard – which needs to be moved out of Central/Downtown EP.


    February 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

  3. Give or sell the core 100 acres to Tiguas. Where the plant is located. They will be able to get monies from the super fund for clean up. Have the county of El Paso create an authority much like the port authority in NY. Once the Tiguas open the casino a small percentage would be set aside from gross sales for the authority. The funds will remain with the tribe each year until after the county certifys the tax rolls and sets a rate. after this is done and the taxes set, then the Tiguas disclose how much has been collected the previous year and sends the county the check. The amount of the check is then deducted from the total property tax owed by the tax payers and tax bills are generated based on the amount left . This will finally be some relief to the taxpayers of El Paso. When the new reservation is ready, the tribe can build a real casino that will be a destination place for the greater southwest and Mexico. It will greatly add to the value of the surrounding area. Filling up hotels and restuants with new business.

    Steve Hicks

    February 5, 2009 at 3:56 pm

  4. Isn’t the rail yard already being built in Santa Teresa?

    Casinos are overrated… the tax relief idea is really just an “Idiot Tax” to take the burden off the property tax. Not that taxing idiots is such a bad idea… I’m just not convinced a casino would really have that big of a draw.

    Throw out the Port of Entry idea… traffic is already bad where I-10 meets Sunland Park Drive. Then again, traffic would be a concern for theme pack as well.

    Maybe a combination theme park/aquarium, which has been brought up by others, would work. Although water use would be a concern. Someone with a sick sense of humor should draw up a spoof theme park plan… “ASARCO-land.” Gondola rides through sludge pools, free-fall ride attached to the tall stack, petting zoo with all dead animals.


    February 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  5. The site is being closed down, remediated and demolished — but, the people doing it are the same people who have covered up the toxic waste.

    We don’t even have radioactive-lead (polonium), mercury, dioxin, PCB or other basic smelter-related chemical data available from our EPA/TCEQ about that site (and we have asked – for four years).

    Before anyone uses the site for anything, we have to know what toxic waste is there from the 10+ years of secret toxic waste incineration and handling that the EPA and Federal Dept. of Justice covered up in a “confidential for settlement purposes only” 73 page detailed report — finally released through the NYTIMES in 10/2006 after 8 years of secrecy.

    It is appalling that the same ASARCO bankruptcy court that will not talk about the toxic-waste-burning is the SAME court that will oversee the Environmental-Trust being set up to “remediate” that facility.

    Does it pass the smell test?

    Are our politicians (and attorneys) talking about that conflict-of-interest?

    Good questions to ask ourselves.


    February 6, 2009 at 7:23 am

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