Boiling Frogs-Intel vs. the Village

"Boiling Frogs - Intel vs. the Village" recounts the story of Intel Rio Rancho's impact on the air and water in the Village of Corrales from the mid-1980s to the present day. Updates to this ongoing saga will be posted here.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

More on the Latest Tragedy

This a message from Rosemary Keefe, who was recently diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis:

Because Intel has provided intermittent and summary reports (self-regulated) of toxic wastes, none of us living in the shadow of Intel will ever know what we inhaled.

Were we unlucky one day when clouds or rainbows over the Sandias drew us out to feel a cool breeze on our skin, to take a robust power walk up the hill or work in our garden?

Was that the fatal moment when the scrubbers were being cleaned or a leak occurred or the heat in the stacks was too high or too low to destroy the worst pollution? Was it a day of accelerated productivity, when Intel won awards for speeding up operations, for taking risks with new toxic chemicals?

Was it then that we took a deep breath of killing daggers into our most delicate and essential living tissues and destroyed them forever?

How can we know the day and time when the killing began? Does anyone at Intel care?

All of Intel's graphs and numbers showing EPA or NMED compliance can't answer these questions. And I don't expect a reply.

Compared to Intel's giant profits those of who live downwind are simply "collateral damage" in Intel's race to the top.

All of this has been said before by many of you and in Barbara Rockwell's Boiling Frogs.


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