ASARCO sues Cemex for pollution

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Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:48pm

Lead and arsenic may have seeped into the Rio Grande in west El Paso, but it didn't come from the ASARCO site. That's what lawyers for Asarco are alleging, and they're blaming their neighbors, Cemex.

ASARCO has filed a lawsuit against the company asking the court to order Cemex to help share $19 million in clean-up costs. In 2009 ASARCO agreed to remediate the International Boundary and Water Commission site off of West Paisano, right near the old ASARCO smelter and Cemex. That's where the pollution was found.

ASARCOo alleges two Cemex units are to blame. The suit is scheduled to go to trial June 7th.

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