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Going for Broke
How a copper giant plans to make the public pay for its toxic mess
By Marilyn Berlin Snell

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  • On April 11, 2006, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) announced plans to close existing loopholes and address lax enforcement that allow polluters like Asarco to manipulate corporate bankruptcy laws, skip cleanup responsibilities, and leave taxpayers with the bill.
    >> Find out more about her legislation.

  • Listen to Marketplace's April 11 broadcast about the bankruptcy loophole:

  • Last August, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released the results of a two-year study on whether corporate polluters are avoiding their responsibilities under existing law. They are. Read the report:

  • Cantwell requested the GAO report on how corporations cast off their environmental liabilities. She released the report at a press conference last August. Read her comments:

  • A 2006 study commissioned by the Sierra Club shows evidence linking the Asarco smelter in El Paso to toxic pollution in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. Read the study:

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