Itís difficult to
conceive of a more basic right than having clean air to breathe.
Contaminated water can be purified in many ways, including water
softeners, reverse osmosis, and distillation.
In extreme cases, we can always drink bottled water.
But we canít stop breathing.
So our primary goal is having clean air to breathe.
ago CRCAW sent Intel information about a clean new process that replaces
most of the toxic chemicals now used with supercritical carbon dioxide. This new process would also reduce Intelís current water
consumption of 4 million gallons per day by as much as 90%, which alone
is sufficient reason to use it, but Intel continues to use an inferior
process that could poison our air and our people.
Our second goal is to persuade Intel to use the best available
technology to minimize their release of toxic emissions.
A current lawsuit
involving former employees of the IBM semiconductor plant has revealed
much higher rates of cancer, miscarriages, and birth defects among those
exposed to typical clean-room chemicals.
Their rate of brain cancer is fourfold higher, multiple myeloma
is six times higher, and breast cancer twice as high as the general
public. We are concerned
about the increased health risks of Intel employees, as well as
residents who live near Intel. Our
third goal is to have Intel share its employee medical records with a
qualified independent agency, such as the California Department of
Health, whose request for such information was refused by Intel.
PROTECT THE PUBLIC,
So our final goal is to have the New Mexico Environment
Department resist political pressure and pursue its stated mission of protecting public health and the environment.