For ten years
Corrales residents complained to Intel and New Mexico Environmental
Department (NMED) officials about frequent strong chemical odors that
coincided with serious medical problems among residents who live near
the Intel plant. Intel has persistently denied any connection
between these illnesses and the toxic chemicals released from its
semiconductor fabrication plant in Rio Rancho,
. NMED has generally supported
Intel's denials and dismissed residents complaints by insisting that
Intel is in compliance with the "sham" permit issued over
our strong objections by NMED. See the truth here.
residents decided that the only way they would ever learn which toxins
are in the air they breathe is by purchasing and operating their own
monitor. This small
community of 7,300 people raised $93,000 in private donations and
bought a sophisticated FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) monitor,
which has been used since July, 2003 to continuously measure volatile
pollutants in the air. Routine operation of this monitor has
measured the concentrations of about a dozen compounds known to be
released by Intel.
third party is analyzing the data for additional toxic compounds
detected in Corrales by the community-owned FTIR monitor.
The results of this analysis will be published when it is