New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, April 13.1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of BILL EASH
■ Vol. 142, No. 109
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Ethel Canion, Mary Moore, Joyce Nettle, Wanda Roberts, HA. Schlameus, Katherine Voelger.
Presentation on city government
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women’s group will meet Wednesday, April 13 at the Holiday Inn Comal Room. Bonnie Sarkozi, city secretary of New Braunfels, will present 'City Government, How Does It Work?
Networking will start at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and presentation at 7 p.m. For information, call Kristina Davis at 625-5678 or Terry Burro at 625-6260.
Fountain dedication set for Saturday
A ceremony to rededicate the Main Plaza fountain will take t place Saturday April 16 at IO a m. on the Main Plaza.
Mrs. Lunelle Anderson of Preservation Texas and Texas Historical Commission will be the keynote speaker, and a bronze plaque documenting the fountain's rr north pp and honoring major donors will be unveiled.
All New Braunfels citizens are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call 608-2100.
Music study dub to moot Thursday
The New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will be having the April meeting on Thursday April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seele Parish House Auditorium.
Featured will be a program on dance, including ballet and tap.
A second important feature will be the final presentation of the club’s study book on the life of Johannes Brahms. This will be presented by Susan Deschner, member.
Amariean Legion Pool 179 Amateur Chili Cook-Off
The American Legion Post 179 will sonsor the second Amateur Chili Cook-Off fond-raiser Sunday, April 24 at 410 W. Coll Street.
Individuals or companies whishing to enter a cooking team may contact the American Legion at 625-0179 after 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Public is invited to attend for tasting. No charge for entering the grounds. A chili cooks dance is scheduled for Saturday night, April 23.
Class of ’49 to moot Thursday at Krauso's
The New Braunfels senior class of 1942 will meet at Krause’s Cafe on Thursday April 14. Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m.
For more information call 625-3837.
ONE YEAR LATER
really give up?
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
See PAUL PENNINGTON column. Page
One year after Lafarge dropped efforts to get a permit to bum hazardous waste, some opponents of the measure still worry hazardous waste may be burned there in the future.
Lafarge officials insist their concern is unwarranted.
Statements by Lafarge officials printed in the April 8,1993 issue of the Herald-Zeitung give the impression that Lafarge may apply for a permit at a later date, according to Paul Pennington, a board member of the local environmental group Securing A Future Environment.
"A lot of folks say this isn’t an issue in New Braunfels,” said Pennington. ‘‘A year ago, on April 8, Lafarge’s Southern Region President was quoted as saying they do not rule out the option to reapply. It is not a dead issue. This something we need to continue to be a part of.”
Toya Ohlrich Lindsey, president of Mothers Organized to Help Environmentally Responsible Standards, said she is also still concerned.
“I still feel guarded. They reserved the right to bring it up again. It stiil concerns me. At anytime, they could try again,” she said.
Pennington said he is still concerned because Lafarge has not made a statement I sa vim it will never bum hazardous waste at its Balcones Plant, which is located south of New Braunfels.
However, Balcones Plant Manager Hal Bartlett said the stance of Lafarge is still that it will not be burning hazardous waste any time in the near future.
'A year ago, On April 8, Lafarge's Southern Region President was quoted as saying they do not nile out the option to reapply. It is not a dead issue. This is something we need to continue to be a part of.1
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"The issue with us has not changed,” he said.
Bartlett said the company has decided that the next generation will decide whether or not hazardous waste will ever be burned at the
“We have no near-term plans to bum hazardous waste. That will be a decision for the next generation. That could be another 20, 30,50 years or more,” he said.
When asked why the issue is still being brought forward, Bartlett said one should ask the people who keep making it an issue.
"It is stuck in the minds of those that do not want it to die. They wish it to remain an issue,” he said.
Pennington said he believes Lafarge’s Balcones Plant is still an option for hazardous waste burning because of the large profit that can be made and because of its location in the fast-growing southwest.
The effort by Lafarge to apply for burning hazardous wastes as fuel began in 1987. In 1991, a public meeting was held in the New Braunfels Civic Center. According to Pennington, 1,500 people were packed in the civic center and 500 more marched in the streets.
Pennington said the Governor later proposed legislation that included a rule stating that a cement plant cannot bum hazardous waste if it is within one-half mile of residences, schools, sources of drinking water, etc. After the legislation was passed, SAFE petitioned the Texas* Air Control Board to deny Lafarge's application because there are three homes within one half mile of the plant property.
The TACB executive director denied the application. The decision was appealed to the full board who also denied the application. Lafarge then filed a lawsuit in federal court. The federal court upheld the decision by the board.
Lafarge then appealed the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The case was still in court when Lafarge withdrew its applications.
Pennington said his concerns recently have stemmed partially from an interview by a French reporter who was doing a story on Lafarge. According to Pennington, the reporter hinted that there may be an effort to reapply; however, Pennington agreed no statements have been made by Lafarge concerning such efforts.
Pennington will remain cautious about being informed about Lafarge's efforts.
"Until they say they will not bum, we will operate under the assumption that if they think it's achievable, they will,” he said.
The Herald-Zeitung reported in the Thureday, April 8,
1983 issue that Lafarge decided on April 7 to Its efforts to obtain a permit to burn hazardous wastes inside their kilns at their*plant In New Braunfels. Local opposition has concerns over any future efforte by Lafarge to reapply tor that permit.
Toxic waste burning rules on agenda
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Regulations for the burning of hazardous waste in cement kilns will be discussed Friday during the meeting of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
The issue is expected to be discussed at IO a.m. at the TNRCC building on 1-35 in Austin.
Several residents from New Braunfels are expected to speak at the TNRCC meeting and at a press conference later in the day, according to Paul Pennington a member of the local environmental group, Securing a Future Environment.
Pennington said Friday’s meeting could have a significant effect on New Braunfels. According to Pennington, SAFE supports several of the Cement
Kiln Task Force’s recommendations He said SAFE agrees with the following four recommendations.
■ Kilns burning hazardous waste should be regulated the same as commercial incinerators
■ Cement bags containing products from hazardous waste burning kilns should be labeled
■ The commission should promote a 5 percent opacity level.
■ The commission should call for co-equal fuels rather than clean fuels.
Directions to the meeting are to take 1-35 north past Austin, take the Yager Lane exit, make a u-tum over the highway. The building is on the right and the address is 12124 Park Circle The meeting will be held in Room 21 OS of Building E
Fisher beats Mattox in U.S. Senate race upset
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AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Democrats said they expect to have a unified ticket in November after U.S. Senate nominee Richard Fisher and Supreme Court Justice Raul Gonzalez won bitter primary ninoflb.
Fisher defeated veteran political brawler Jim Mritox by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin. He will fece Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchi-son, a riling national GOP atar, in November.
For Mattox, it was a second straight statewide Iou. He wu defeated in a 1990 gubernatorial runoff by Gov. Ann Richard!.
Gonzalez beat back a tough challenge from
Corpus Christi lawyer Rene Haas, who had accused him of being too close to the insurance industry.
The Republican nominee, Oliver Kitzman, has said he wouldn't campaign against Gonzalez, who became the court’s first Hispanic justice when first appointed by former Gov. Mark White in 1984.
Mr*. Hutchison, who trounced appointed Democratic Sen. Bob Krueger in last June's special election, said she was eager to face Fisher.
Republicans also finalized their November slate Tuesday.
Houston Judge Don Wittig defeated fellow judge Pat Lykoa for the GOP attorney general nomination. He faces one-term Democratic incumbent Dan Morales, who was unopposed in the primary.
Truce U.S. House candidates were nominated.
Democrat Ken Bentsen, nephew of U.S. Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen, won the nomination to free Republican Gene Fontenot for the seat being vacated by Rep. Mike Andrews, D-Hous-ton. Andrews lost a bid for the Senate.
Republicans in Austin nominated Jo Baylor to challenge Democrat Lloyd Doggery currently
a Texas Supreme Court justice. The winner will succeed Democratic Rep. J.J. "Jake” Pickle, who’s retiring after three decades in Congress
El Paso Republicans, meanwhile, picked businessman Carlos R. “Bobby” Ortiz to challenge incumbent Democratic Rep. Ron Coleman.
In Houston, meanwhile, Leslie Elaine Perez, a transsexual ex-convict who once came within hours of the electric chair lost her third try to head the Harris County Democratic Party Real estate developer David Mincbcrg won by a 3-to-1 margin.
Van Horn over Riedel in district judge race
By CRAIG HAMMITT
Dripping Springs' Jeff Van Horn defeated New Braunfels’ Nile Riedel in the Democratic primary runoff fix the 207th District
'an Horn received 3,724 votes out of 6,889 total cut (54%). Riedel, a local attorney, received 3,165 (46%) of the votes in the district that includes Comal, Hays and Caldwell counties.
Riedel easily won in Comal
County with 841 votes to Van Horn's 390. Van Horn won Hays County, 2,268 to 1,901. The deciding votes came in Caldwell, where Van Horn, a former district attorney there, outpaced Riedel 1,066 to 423.
“We were hoping the Caldwell County turnout would be a little lighter than in the primary,” said Riedel. “Their turnout there was nearly aa high in the runoff aa it wu in the primary. I think that is a very unique situation.”
Van Horn will now face New
Braunfels attorney Jack Robison in the November election for the 207th seat held by longtime judge Robert T. Pfcuffcr, who is retiring after more than 20 years in office.
In the primary, Van Horn garnered 3,405 (43%) votes to Riedel's 2,873 (36%).
“You start to think about what would be good for you going in,” said Riedel about the rtoe. “I don’t think you ever really know what’s going to happen.”
The district courts are the principal trial courts in Texu.
Canyon Lake man dies in wreck
A Canyon Lake man was pronounced dead at the scene early Wednesday morning following an accident that occurred in Comal County near Bulverde.
Robert Sinclair Linter, 30, of Canyon Lake, died in an accident that occurred on Highway 281, according to reports ftomof-ficials at the Department of Public Safety office in Austin. Reports show he wu pronounced dead by Comal County Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Howard Smith.
According to official!, Linter was wearing his seat belt. Reports show, he died after his vehicle, 1 1986 Mercury, struck the rear
of a trailer that was being pulled by a 1917 white truck.
The driver of the truck, Juan Huerta, 42, of Pharr, was treated for minor injuries He was also wearing his seat belt.
According to reports, Huerta said he had pulled out onto Highway 281 and wu headed north bound. Reports show vehicle two approached the trailer and appeared to be in the inside lane when for unknown reasons, the vehicle struck the trailer.
The accident occurred at 1:15am Wednesday just 2.4 miles south of BulverdeFor subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606