A report prepared for the trustee in charge of cleaning a former lead and copper smelter property in El Paso shows for the first time unhealthy levels of lead, arsenic and mercury in several soil samples in a canyon-like neighborhood bordering the property.
The findings from an environmental engineering consultant remain under review.
But the custodial trustee supervising the former Asarco property cleanup says a remedial plan should be in place by around March.
Trustee Roberto Puga also says the some dozen to 15 families who live in what's known as the Calavera neighborhood likely will be invited to a public meeting to discuss the report and the plans to remove the contaminants.
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