El Paso – Coming to Know

What dangers did you learn were associated with the lead smelter?  How and when did you learn of them?




Charlie Rodriguez describes how in 2004, he learned of ASARCO’s incineration of hazardous wastes back in the 1990’s: 

Jorge Villalobos talks about what he learned upon coming out of school and going to work at the Chihuahua Smelter, then El Paso, in the 1970’s; effects of the EPA and OSHA’s arrival; loss of knowledge with smelters’ closures:


Joe Piñon talks about first getting to know about what lead smelter was doing to workers in the 1930’s:


Balthazar Huerta explains how effects on clothes clued workers in to some dangers:


Veronica Carbajal and Balthazar Huerta on more enclosed workplaces, heightened production faced by later generations of workers; connecting to worsening effects on their health:


Villalobos on evolution of knowledge about, dealings with, hazards among managers, differences with Mexico circa 1985:


Charlie Rodriguez on how workers introduced to risks of jobs from 1970’s onward; how things changed in terms of what English speaking workers understood:


Elvira Salcido talks episode of lead poisoning in Smeltertown early 1970’s:


Vivian Russell on how she and her husband became more aware of job hazards; his development of cancer:


Catherine Wilson-Shupe on Alzheimer’s in her family:


Vivian Russell on her suspicions about corrosive film on vehicles, “Star Wars” gear, removal of houses:


Catherine Wilson-Shupe, Jorge Villalobos, Joe Piñon, Jose Manuel Escobedo, and Mario Navarez on company and others such as Landrigan who knew, came to know about lead’s dangers early on:


Joe Piñon, Chris Sellers, Bill Addington on what’s “acceptable” for lead exposures in children today:


Mario Navarez, Chris Sellers on experiencing mental effects from lead:


Juan Garza on how he first got to know about lead hazards in EPA sponsored community meetings:


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