to Governor Richardson
April 27, 2004
My name is Marcy
Brandenburg and I join my friends and neighbors today to tell you how
concerned we are about the air we and our children are breathing.
I moved to Rio
Rancho as a healthy woman. However,
shortly after opening up my business which is ľ mile north of Intel, I
began to experience severe episodes of unexplained illnesses. I know I
am one of hundreds of citizens who live and work nearby Intel who have
experienced and continue to experience the same unexplained illnesses.
I would first like
to start out by explaining not only who we are but who we are not.
are not a group of anti-business activists trying to shut down INTEL.
is important to our local economy and we recognize that.
are also not a group of alarmists claiming air pollution-related
illnesses without hard evidence to prove it is a fact.
are a group of hard working, tax paying citizens trying to make sure our
neighbors and our families and our children are able to breath air that
is not a danger to their health, period.
said the government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy
appetite at one end, and no responsibility at the other.
INTEL could be
described in the same way. We have no objection to the appetite that
benefits our community, but we would like to see some responsibility at
the other end.
Today, the citizens
of Corrales, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque are appealing to you, Governor
Richardson, to see that the future of our children is secure and safe.
We are requesting the Intel air permit be re-opened, reviewed and
re-written using the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Effects
Screening Levels. We ask you, the Governor of our precious State, to
consider his most recent words "It is essential that oversight
groups, the citizens in this state, make sure that all environmental and
safety conditions are met."
Intel often claims
they are within their permitted levels.
That is the problem. The
permit currently in place allows for Intel to emit dangerously high
levels of chemicals within short periods of time and still remain within
their permitted levels. That is why the Permit must be re-opened.
This is the only way to protect our health, our communityís
health, our childrenís health and the future of our beautiful valley.
We are appealing to
you today Governor Richardson because of your history of mediating
difficult situations around the world.
As area residents, we ask you to intervene immediately in your
own backyard and re-open the Intel permit.
A recent report by
Gradient Corporation, as you probably know, gave INTEL a clean bill of
health, but this report was flawed and invalid. Gradient admitted its
study was based soley upon data supplied by INTEL and agrees an
independent study should be made to answer the Corrales health problem.
On the other hand,
the Darko Koracin modeling report indicates it likely Intel is the source of the emissions that are causing so many people to
get sick. You can view Dr. Koracinís modeling map and how the wind
directions place Intelís plume over the areas of most frequently
reported complaints. For more detailed information about Darkoís
findings, you can visit the New Mexico Environment Departmentís web
Due to the serious
concerns of residents and the continually reported air pollution related
illnesses, the residents of Corrales purchased the only community owned
FTIR ĖAir quality- Monitor in the United States.
The FTIR monitor is the most advanced air quality monitor
available and is used by such institutions as Los Alamos National
Laboratory and Sandia Laboratory.
monitor detects many chemicals at higher levels than thought safe by
EPA, one chemical I would like to touch briefly upon is that of
phosgene. Phosgene is a deadly chemical used in World War II.
With our community monitor, we frequently find levels of phosgene
100-200 times the designated EPA safe level. Phosgene exposure can cause
serious side effects such as pulmonary edema and respiratory problems.
These are the types of symptoms our residents have been and
continue to be treated for, even hospitalized.
Our FTIR monitor data shows evidence we are being severely
effected by Intel emissions. Intel
has been unable to dispute our FTIR data.
Richardson, the residents of Corrales, Rio Rancho and Albuquerque will
never cease their efforts to ensure clean air for our families and our
communities. Please donít allow Intel to make our beautiful valley
another superfund site like was done when they left Mountain View
information about the convincing evidence there is a significant health
threat from the emissions at INTEL, including statements from former
employees visit our web site at www.faceintel.com/corrales.
In conclusion we
would like to say again to Governor Bill Richardson.
Do what is right for the children of New Mexico. Re-open the
Intel permit and ensure the future of not only our generation but the
future of generations to come.
Thank you ahead of
time for doing what is the right thing for the State of New Mexico and
Rio Rancho, New