On Feb. 15, 2008, the TCEQ approved renewal of an air permit for the ASARCO smelter facility in El Paso. TCEQ’s action completes an important step in paving the way for the company to restart operations at the facility, which it has not operated since 1999. TCEQ approved a five-year permit, rather than a 10-year permit. It also required some additional conditions, including submission of a maintenance plan and installation of additional emissions monitoring equipment. Before ASARCO restarts smelting operations, TCEQ must make a finding that ASARCO is not in violation of the Texas Clean Air Act.