Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Intel To Update Risk Study.(West Side Journal)

Byline: Michael Davis Journal Staff Writer

Experts Grilled By Air Activists

Intel Corp. is updating a 7-year-old risk assessment for the microchip-making plant near Rio Rancho.

The assessment evaluates potential hazards to the community and the environment based on Intel's current operating practices. The last evaluation was completed by the Radian Corp. in 1997.

The new assessment will identify and screen chemicals to be evaluated, develop emission rates, conduct air dispersion modeling, update an exposure risk assessment and develop toxicity profiles. It will include community air and soil sampling.

Mindy Koch, Intel's environmental health and safety manager, said Tuesday at a public comment meeting that the facility is the only Intel plant in the world with two voluntary risk assessments. …

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