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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                III New Braunfels Herald April G Serving Comal County Home of Cash Hermes 50 Cents 75 Cents Sunday 90 decision a By GARY CARROLL HtraldZcKung City and state officials hailed LaFarge Corporations decision to drop an appeal to overturn a ban on burning hazardous in New and called it a vic tory fat New Braunfels resi Mayor Clinton Brandt and City Councilmen James Good bread Paul said that although the decision by LaFarge pull out ofthe appeal process was a positive it doesnt mean the fight to ban burning hazardous waste at the Balcones Plant is And Edmund pel of Seguin said resi dents must maintain their r We have been united against the burning of haz ardous waste in Comal Coun ty from the Kuempel I think its important that people realize that it still isnt Kuempel said continuous monitoring rif emerging tech nologies regarding the burn ing of hazardous waste is a and people should con tinue to oppose the said that LaFarges1 decision showed a cpncern for the cbift J V JkS appeared Branift But LaFarge has oghized the fact that maybe they need to wait on sorrie technology that will prove process of burning waste for cement production Because of the possible eco nomic benefits of burning hazardous Brandt said LaFarge would not give If LaFarge would receive hazardous materials from1 other compa nies who would pay the local cement plant to burn Even if technology was advanced to ensure total safe Fraser said he would still oppose the Fraser said he did not believe technology could ever guarantee absolute Even if it he said haz ardous material should not be brought into such an envi ronmentally sensitive area Bringing this stuff into1 New Braunfels is not good Fraser said1 f Fraser said New BraunX felsers should savor small at this pbintf but remain ever vigilant in their effqrts to prevent future burning of hazardous Even though such strong opposition was voiceq against Fraser and Brandt aFarge is still a pected business in Lafarge must prioritize its projects in order to match their critical nature with realistic timetables and finite Lafarges Southern Region President Duncan Gage gives up Cement plant abandons effort to burn wastes By GARY CARROLL HeraldZettung The LaFarge Corporation has abandoned efforts to secure a permit for hazardous mate rials burning at its Balcones Plant in New a shift in corporate priorities and economic constraints as key offi cials said In a released LaFarges Southern Region President Duncan Gage Lafarge must prioritize its projects in order to match their with realistic timetables and finite Gage said LaFarge needs to concentrate on maintaining its economic viability and com petitiveness in an increasingly tougher con struction materials We have to reiterate that were the number one cement plant in North Gage We have numerous different projects that we need to look at and prioritize them i LaFarges efforts to receive a permitfor burning of hazardous materials began in 1987 when company officials announced their ihtenv tions to initiate the coprocessing procedure in its Balcones A state court denied the permit on a point of law banning hazardouswaste processing with in onehalf mile of Bal cones Plant Manager Hal said the judgment was made on a point of law and not on the technical merits of the burning We never got to show the benefits of the Bartlett All we were asking and all we ever asked was for the court to look at the process and let us state our case on a technical Bartlett said LaFarges efforts were directed at appealing a ruling on the siting prohibi tion made in 1992 by United States District Judge Sam LaFarge was in the process of appealing the decision in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans before ending its efforts on If the appeal had been LaFarge iwould still have to go through the permitting something Bartlett said he was hoping would LaFarge was seekirjg a permit that would allow hazardouswaste materials to be used to fire kilns used for cement Officials said the types of hazardous mate New Braunfels1 Balcones pictured has been the target site for LaFarges efforts to receive a permit for the burning of hazardous Company officials announced their intentions to initiate the coprocessing procedure in Photo by Karla rials used would help provide the high heat necessary for the firing and would help alleviate the problem of disposing of the waste some New Braunfels residents didnt see it that Paul New Braunfels resident and Board Member for Securing A Future a group dedicated to environ mental calls the decision by LaFarge a victory for New Braunfels Although the decision not to pursue per mitting is seen as a positive step New Braunfels residents opposed to Gage did not rule out the possibility of future efforts to secure Gage also did not rule out the possibility that LaFarge would seek leg islative assistance in its efforts to burn haz ardous Gage said he was confident attitudes in New Braunfels toward burning hazardous materi als would change over and LaFarge could attempt to gain permitting in the We believe that as time goes more and more people will come to realize that this is a preferred way to handle hazardous materi Gage Perhaps one day people will be knocking on our door saying maybe we should Gage said he did not feel LaFarge would be attempting to attain a permit in the imme diate but said he was confident of the hazardous material burning Gage said LaFarge was committed to the co processing procedure as an important part of the companys overall For that Pennington said opponents of the process would not back down their efforts against As long as LaFarge is not prepared to cat egorically state that they will never burn haz ardous waste at the Balcones we would be foolish not to be vigilant in our Pennington Opposition groups urge vigilance By GARY CARROLL HerakJZeltung New Braunfels environmental groups are celebrating a victory for their cause and urged cau tion following LaFarge Corpo rations announcement Wednes day it will not seek to appeal a court decision prohibiting the burning of toxic waste in New Toya president of Mothers Organized To Help Envi ronmentally Responsible Stan said she was thrilled at LaFarges decision to not contin ue its efforts to overturn the low er courts Im excited and I think its a wonderful turn of events for Lindsey Were still cautious because I dont think theyve said they are through and they will Lindsey said New Braunfels citizens should maintain their vigilance in monitoring as well as other manufacturers in the region who may be involved with the burning of toxic Paul president of Securing A Future said even though LaFarge has not given any guarantees to per manently stop their appeal or permitting he still views this as a Were very happy with the but we must not let our guard Pennington We must maintain our vigi Pennington said hefeels LaFarges decision is consistent with the views of the majority of New Braunfels and that too man residents are con cerned that not enough is known about the use of hazardous wastes in production processes such as those proposed by La Krueger Decision was honorable Bob Krueger By GARY CARROLL HeraldZeltung Bob Krueger called LaFarge Corporations Wednes day decision not to attempt to overturn a court ruling allowing the burning of hazardous mate rials an honorable decision by the The senator also hailed the move as a victory for the citizens of New and said atti tudes will continue to evolve regarding the protection of citi zens against hazardous materi The movement toward pro tecting the environment is as irreversible in the 1990s as the movement for civil rights and for desegregation was in the Krueger Efforts must be made by sci entists and citizens to fully understand the effects the burn of hazardous materials has on the Krueger Without understanding what is being created by destroying hazardous society could suffer the he Krueger said he had not seen clear scientific data that burning the hazardous materials was a zerodanger but the pos sible presence of the hazardous byproducts following the incin eration process was enough to cause him to doubt the safety of the When there is I would rather err on the side of health not err on the side of the compa Krueger People in this area dont want to be human guinea Krueger said he felt confident the tide of concern for the com munity was strong and irre New Braunfels is not a com munity opposed to Krueger But we are beginning to real ize quite a number of very rich inheritances from nature includ ing clean water and clean Inside Stammtisch Lotto WATER The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German Stammtisch represents a sit ting place reserved for a group of special a time set aside for members of a community to share the days For more 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