INTEL CASE

Background

Intel 1998 Compliance in New Mexico and elsewhere (press here).
  Intel Environment and Resource Management (press here).

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 Mexico (press 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).

SWOP had gotten the attention of Intel about its water and air quality, worker health and safety, and tax benefits.
  In the SWOP 1994 report, they allege that "the most common chemicals dumped from Intel's stacks were acetone, isopropyl alcohol and ethyl-3-epoxy-propionate (EEP).

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 here).
to be continued.

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