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Established on February 9, 2005, the Get the Lead Out Coalition worked to prevent the reopening of the American Smelting and Refining Company smelter (ASARCO) and publicized its threat to the environment and public health. In particular, the Get the Lead Out Coalition protested the renewal of ASARCO’s air permit in the mid-2000s. Coalition members traveled to Austin and participated in several hearings before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). The group also organized anti-ASARCO protests and publicity campaigns that often involved local political leaders in El Paso, Cuidad Juárez, and Sunland Park, New Mexico. The Get the Lead Out Coalition records date from 1989 to 2009, bulk 2005 – 2008. The records are minimally processed. Types of records include meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, flyers, programs, printed emails, petitions, publications, clippings and newspapers, printed online articles, agendas, legal documents, and other printed materials. These records document the Coalition’s purpose, activities, and membership as well as contain some pro-ASARCO materials.