• Capabilities: Environmental Construction, Construction Management and Site Supervision, Site Evaluation and Restoration
  • Sectors: Mining and Metals

ASARCO El Paso Smelter Site Remediation and Restoration

El Paso, Texas - After 100 years of smelting activity, 460 acres of property in El Paso was left with contaminated soil, surface water and groundwater. Arcadis successfully remediated and restored the site, allowing the City to sell the property for commercial, industrial and residential reuse/redevelopment.

460

acres returned to productive use

100

years of industrial waste contamination

The former ASARCO smelting facility smelted lead and copper for over 100 years, resulting in the release of by products that contained lead, arsenic, and other heavy metals into the soil and groundwater.  The operations also generated a solid metal-containing waste material called ‘slag.  

The former ASARCO El Paso plant was shut down in 1999 due to poor market conditions and the subsequent bankruptcy of ASARCO.  When ASARCO emerged from bankruptcy, the company was sold to the highest bidder, who was required by the U.S. government to place funds into trusts to resolve the environmental liabilities for several impaired sites, including the former ASARCO Smelter plant. Arcadis was selected to provide environmental engineering, design, permitting and construction services for the ASARCO Texas Custodial Trust.  Arcadis was responsible for the clean-up, restoration and closure of the plant and an additional 240 acres also impacted by smelter operations.  Demolition and removal of the buildings and structures was also included.


ASARCO Smelter Site in Full Operation

Remediation and restoration of this site eliminated windblown contaminants, and surface water and groundwater contamination.  Adjacent surface water resources benefiting from the clean up include the Rio Grande River and the American Canal.  Future plans call for redevelopment and potential expansion for the University of Texas at El Paso, creating new jobs, generating tax revenue for the City and providing added services and conveniences to residents and visitors of the City. 

Outcomes

460

acres returned to productive use

100

years of industrial waste contamination

230,000

hours worked with Zero lost time injuries

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