Story of Roberta and Ellie


The first 6 years of her life Ellie enjoyed fresh air and sunshine and no toxic particulates in the air.  Then Intel built its chip manufacturing plant at the top of the hill, about 1/4 mile northwest.  For the last 12 years both Ellie and Roberta have been exposed to whatever  chemical emissions came out of Intel's stacks and blew toward the southeast. 
Prevailing wind patterns have changed the last several years and now, more and more, they blow from Intel  toward the people directly east and southeast of the plant.  The quantity and duration of emissions have increased since the expansion of Fab 11-X in October of 2002.

Ellie suffered a seizure and mini stroke in July, 2002.  She changed from a perpetually active dog who loved to run on the acre she enjoyed to a dog who wasn't always sure which way her legs actually would actually go.  But she was happy, and adjusted her movements to a much slower pace.  When she suffered another seizure late in January, Roberta decided to release Ellie from this earthly life the end of January, 2004.

A post-mortem showed  that Ellie had a type of lung cancer not usually found in dogs. Intel uses silica in the chip manufacturing process which makes one wonder if breathing silica into her lungs was responsible for the type of adenocarcinoma she had.

An analysis of her lung tissue was tested for many of the chemical compounds the  FTIR monitors had been detecting.  Her level for three of them was well above the detection level of 10 parts per billion (ppb). N-Hexane was 18 ppb; Ethylbenzene was 14 ppb; and Toluene was 50 ppb.

If these chemicals were found in Ellie's lung tissue, might they also be in the bodies of other animals and humans who daily and nightly have to breathe the air polluted with them?

When will the residents living in the shadow of Intel's emission stacks have their health, safety and welfare protected by the regulatory agency whose mission it is to do that?

When will the governing bodies and State Agencies responsible for setting the limits for pollution, and enforcing them, do just that so everyone knows that the industrial emissions getting into the atmosphere are safe for humans and animals?

Every day when I drive into my driveway and there is no Ellie inside the fence to greet me, I silently bless her and thank her for the gift of her tissue which revealed these chemicals to us.  I pray it may help in the process of getting Intel to clean up their emissions. "

Roberta King, Corrales, New Mexico






This is Ellie, a Blue-Heeler/cross who lived to be 18 years.  She was adopted from the Animal Humane Society in Albuquerque at age 6 months by Roberta King.  Roberta built her house 31 years ago on property in Sandoval County, New Mexico, which later became annexed into the Village of Corrales.


Roberta and Ellie