Metales y Derivados cleanup commemoration event

A home in Chilpancingo, a community of mainly maquiladora workers. Chilpancingo is located just below Metales Y Derivados and pollution from it and the other numerous foreign-owned factories on the hill above runs down to a river that cuts right through the shantytown.

I wrote about visiting the Metales Y Derivados site in 2006 for CityBeat. The old car-battery recycling maquila is the poster child for what’s wrong with NAFTA, but it’s also recently become a symbol of hope. The Enviornmental Health Coalition and Colectiveo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental have taken the old owners and both the government of Mexico and the United States to task and effectively cleaned up what’s become one of the biggest toxic sites in Tijuana. At 11 a.m. this Friday, Jan. 23, the groups will celebrate the cleanup of the site.

More info, directions and contact info below.

UPDATE: The event to mark the cleanup of the Metales y Derivados lead smelter in Tijuana will be on Wednesday, January 28, at 1 pm. The rescheduling was to allow the governor of Baja California, Lic. José Guadalupe Osuna Millán, and the Secretary of SEMARNAT (Mexico’s federal environmental agency), Juan Rafael Elvira Quezada, to attend this important event.
We apologize for the date change and hope you can join the community in celebrating this historic event!

January 23, 2009, 11 am

INVITACIÓN a la ceremonia de conclusión del saneamiento de
Metales y Derivados, 23 de enero, 2009, 11 am

(Versión en español: ver abajo)


Environmental Health Coalition and the Colectivo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental invite you to join us at a historic event for environmental justice in the U.S.-Mexico border region: The official celebration of the completion of the Metales y Derivados toxic site cleanup.

When: Friday, January 23, 2009, at 11 a.m.

Where: Metales y Derivados*

We hope you can join us! Attached is a flyer in Spanish. Please feel free to share this invitation with others.

* Directions to Metales y Derivados from the U.S. – Cross the border into Mexico at Otay Mesa. Continue straight, then turn left at the first stoplight onto Blvd. Industrial. Continue traveling east on Blvd. Industrial, staying to the right to avoid entering the elevated overpass lane. Look for the fire station on the right (the Bomberos). Turn right immediately after the fire station onto Nueve Sur. Metales y Derivados is at the end of the road.

Amelia Simpson

Border Environmental Justice Campaign

Environmental Health Coalition

401 Mile of Cars Way, Suite 310

National City, California 91950

Phone: (619) 474-0220 ext 116 Fax: (619) 474-1210


Colectivo Chilpancingo Pro Justicia Ambiental Avenida del Fuerte #15861 Colonia Campestre Murúa Tijuana, Baja California México CP 22455



About Kinsee Morlan

Arts and web editor at San Diego CityBeat. Interested in art and the Tijuana/San Diego border.
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