Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Intel Released Excess Emissions.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

Company Manager Says Not Out of Norm

Air pollution control equipment at Intel's Rio Rancho computer chip plant has been down 12 times between Oct. 3, 2000, and Jan. 12, 2001, reports to the state show.

Ten of the excess emissions were reported to be for preventative maintenance and two were due to a "power bump" on Oct. 3. The 12 shutdowns lasted for a total of 183.50 hours. Power bumps can occur when power surges or declines.

Production continued, and emissions of some chemicals used in the chip-making process were released into the air without going through a cleanup process, the reports say.

During the shutdowns, a little more than a third of a ton, or 762 pounds, of volatile organic compounds were released without going through pollution control, the reports show. …

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