A third-generation Mexican-American who is only 40, Al Armendariz is the new administrator of EPA's Region 6, comprising Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and 66 Tribal Nations.
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The American Smelting and Refining Company, known as Asarco, will pay a record $1.79 billion to settle claims for hazardous waste pollution at 80 site...
The smelter spewed hundreds of thousands of tons of highly toxic substances such as lead, arsenic and cadmium, into the atmosphere and the communities that lived in its shadow.
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