Good News - "Intel Santa Clara won the California Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award for Environmental Management" (press here). Also "Intel Corporation was awarded an Environmental Champions Award by the U.S. EPA, the National Performance Review, Chemical Engineeringand Environmental Engineering World.The award recognized Intel for our voluntary work with the government and communities in implementingflexible environmental management systems and reducing regulatory burden."
And Intel New Mexico was presented with a Clean Air Award from the New Mexico Chapter of the American Lung Association in recognition of Intel's efforts to reduce air emissions.
Rio Rancho, New Mexico - (press here). Approxiamately 5,400 employees.
Intel has been encountering resistance in New Mexico
In New Mexico there is a small community based organiztion called the SouthWest Organizing Project. The have drawn up a Community Environmental Bill of Rights (press here). It includes
Right to Clean Industry
Right to Be Safe from Harmful Exposure
Right to Prvention
Right to Know
Right to Participate
Right to Protection and Enforcement
Right to Compensation
Right to Cleanup.Corporate Watch has an analysis of the impact of Computer Chips on the environment (press here). For every six-inch chip manufactured, there are 25 pounds of socium hydorxide, 2,840 gallons of waste water, and 7 pounds of haxardous wastes to dispose.
Our case begins with Intel's Rio Rancho, a New Mexico facility that make 5,000 eight-inch silicon wafers a week resulting in staggering enviornmental levels of air pollutants and waste stream pollutants. Wast Stream Pollutants include solvents, electron shield degresers, metals, photoresists, deionized water, acids, oxidizers, carbon slurry, etc.
Press here for an overview of the impact of chip manufacturing on the silicon Valley.There are 1400 semiconductor plants each costing $1 to $3 billion. There are also 29 Superfund contamination sites in that valley. Workers are said to bear the brunt of long term exposure to multiple toxic chemicals. New Mexico was the "winner" in a nation-wide competition to subsidize the corporate welfare of Intel. New Mexico offered an $8 billion industrial revenue bond to subsidize Intel and to ignore or reinvent environmental regulations.
Jeanne Gaunna of the WouthWest Organizing
Project (SWOP) decided to organize to protest the Intel expansion in New
here). Intel in the 1990s becam the largest private employer in New
Mexico. They recieved the biggest tax break in history with the $8
billion bond. SWOP argues that while the Intel products are clean,
the industry is deadly for workers adn the environment. Jeanne Gauna
argues "We have abdicated our responsiblities to these corporations and
now they have more rights than private citizens."
In an article by Lora Engdaul "Holding Intel Accountable" it is asserted that SWOP was able to get Intel to respond to community concerns (press here).
Intel was able to reduce air emissions from 327 tons in 1992 to less than 60 tons in 1994. SWOP wants more hard data.
See The Silicon Principles (press
to be continued.