Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Intel's Future May Hold Less Water and Pollution.(Final)(Editorial)


High-tech industry is typically welcomed with open arms because of the good wages it provides its workers and the spin-off business it stimulates.

Not everyone welcomed Intel's Rio Rancho plant when the corporation first came to New Mexico.

Then as now, the major objections pertain to large-scale water use and air pollution.

These are legitimate concerns in an arid state that struggles with the reality of a limited water supply and worries about dirty air.

Such objections could be rinsed away by new technology that promises vastly reduced need for water or pollution-causing chemical solvents in the microchip manufacturing process. …

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