Robert Ardovino grew up within four miles of El Paso’s smokestacks — remnants of the copper smelter run by ASARCO.
“I experienced everything that was wrong with that company,” Ardovino said of ASARCO, which in 2009 settled one of the largest environmental bankruptcies in U.S. history, after being accused for years of polluting and contaminating El Paso’s air and soil.
Despite that, Ardovino wants to prevent the demolition of the stacks.
Ardovino and Gary Sapp, another El Paso resident, run the Save the Stacks movement, and they say the smokestacks are a historic landmark. The planned demolition of ...