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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels /IV LLL! , VO rf 'V? ob1' *>-r ?h^° Vol. 139, No. 124 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512 625-9144 lung Friday May 10, 1991 25 Cents One Section, 16 Pages TACB panel to forward rule changes By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nsws Editor .AUSTIN — A committee of the Texas Air Control Board voted Thursday to send proposed rule changes — that would stiffen the controls of burning hazardous waste in cement kilns — to the full board for final adoption. “I think that they arc lough, they arc obviously tougher than the federal rules,” said TACB Executive Director Steve Spaw. “However, I do think our rules arc achievable.” The staff of the Air Control Board began earlier this year conducting public hearings and gathering public testimony in regards to changing state rules and regulations in an effort to strengthen the regulation of facilities using hazardous waste as fuel. When drafting the new rules and amendments, the staff reviewed the Boiler and Industrial Furnace rules — recently promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency — that also strictly monitor the use of hazardous waste as fuel. “Which ever of those is more stringent that is what will govern,” Spaw said about the differences between die proposed state rules and BIF rules. “We don’t want to be contradictory." State Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Larcdo, issued a statement in support of the state regulations. “The burning of hazardous waste is an activity which in my view cannot be over-regulated,' she said “The price of inadequate regulation is just ti hi high." Officials of the lafarge Corp and its subsidiary, Systech Environmental Corp, who have applied for permits from the TACB and Texas Water Commission to store and bum hazard ous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant in Comal County, have gone on record supporting the BIF rules New Braunfels residents attending the meeting of die Regulation Dove lopment Committee Thursday said they suptxirted the Air Control Board adopting their own Riles "All of a sudden the cement com- TACB has been conducting public hearings on the issue._ pany came in our community and said, ‘We’re the greatest thing to come along, since peanut butter. We’re going to do it so great that you’re going to be scared to go out and start your barbecue pit up because you arc going to be polluting more than we arc’," said David Wallace, president of Securing a Future Environment. “My question is if it’s so good and it’s so safe then why don’t we take these stronger rules?” Paul Fraser, a candidate for New Braunfels City Council, also testified in favor of the Air Control Board rules. ‘The EPA BIF rules are strong, but not nearly so strong as the TACB rules, particularly in the arena of cement kilns,” said Fraser. “The federal rules allow exemptions, what we call loopholes. The TACB rules are stricter and we strongly urge you lo recommend the acceptance of them to meet the benefit of ail Texans and for New Braunfels more spccificially.” Austin attorney Kinnan Golemon, representing the Cement Association of Texas, spoke out against the Air Control Board pursuing new rules. “At the lime the staff was going forward we asked them to please hold off ami to have an integrated approach to regulation in Texas.” Oolemon said. “I have watched the agencies make this same type of mistake in the pasl and ii has cost us in die ability to manage our waste properly." Oolemon also told committer members that out of the 20 "significant” comments his clients had made in regard to the new rules, tile Air Control Board Stall only rescinded to nine “Tile reason tliey ignored them is they don’t have a response,” he said The committee ordered the staff lo respond to the questions before the hoard meeting Imlay at IO: IO a rn. Wurstfest ticket office scene of fire Thursday Batter up! The New Braunfels Unicorns are rn the baseman payoffs for the fourth year r a tdw witr a oast of-three ^district series with San Antonio MacArthur beginning tenant at Unicom Fete The deocirq game ar games are scheduled for Saturday afternoon at Blossom Field rn San Antonie For a srevew of the series, see Sports on Page 10 (Phoio oy Erik Kansson) County Commissioners pass drug-free workplace policyStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Aeitung wishes "happy birthday” today to Michael Young, Juan A. Moreno, Cheryl McDougald, Enrique Ayala, Susie Perez, Ronald Schccl, Corey F. Schwarz, Jan Estes, Becky Inirau, Ocrri Wclsch, Amanda Stolinski, Horine Weaver, Joe langhorst, Kristin Famicr, Espi Hernandez, Herbert Slollewcrk and Ray Felger. Best wishes Saturday to Michael Schuctz, Mario Young and Tracy Odell Prciss. Belated birthday greetings to Marie Kliefoth and Eudalia Moreno. “Happy anniversary” today to A.J and Annie Cadded, Curtis and Poetic Noltc and Saturday to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Cessna. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Saddle Slappers On Saturday, the 4-H Saddle Slappers will conduct their main fundraising event iii the form of an alt tack horse show. The event, to he held at the Comal County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse Arena, will include western, English and speed events. The books open at 8 a.m. Saturday and the show begins al 9 a.m.Band boosters New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet al 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the band hall. All interested persons are invited lo attend. Officers will he installed and upcoming events will be planned. The spring concert will be Thursday and the Band Banquet is set for May 24. Lube-a-thon Bradzoil Ten Minute Oil Change will host a 'T ube a thou" May 18 to benefit tile Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation For each oil, filter and lubrication service performed at the regular price, Brad/oil will donate $5 to the Senior Citizens’ Center Building Fund Bradzoil will provide its regular full-service, 15-point check including window cleaning and vacuuming the interior Hours are 8 a rn. to 5 p m and location is Brad/nil, 988 Mission Drive, just off I anda Street.Annual meeting The annual meeting of die Mid-Texas Symphony Society will be at 7:30 pm. Monday at Victoria Bank and Trust in Seguin All contributors are members of die society and urged to attend Annual reports of officers will be presented and the board of directors for the 1991-92 season will be electedAlzheimer's Information An informal presentation about Alzheimer’s disease will he made at 7 p m Tuesday in die arts and crafts building at the Comal County Fairgrounds in New Braunfels. Linda Tresp, executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association Greater San Antonio Chapter, will speak and take questions following a video presentation Printed information also will be available. The semimar is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Judy Turner at 625-2068 or Linda Tresp at 800/523-2007. Softball tournament Wal Man Distribution Center #6016 in New Braunfels will host Sm STAMMTISCH. Pag* 2Good Day Broken clouds this afternoon and a high in die 80s likely will yield to a further chance of rain tonight and a low in die 70s Highs in the 80s arid lows in die 70t are exploded dirougboul die weekend. For addition^ weadter information, see Page 2A. Inside: CLASSIFIED .....................IMI COMICS ........T________§ CROSSWORD________________ 3 DEAR ABBY  .....................  I ENTERTAINMENT....................I HOROSCOPE...........................• RELIGIOUS FOCUS..............It SPORTS..................................IO TV LISTINGS _______________• WEATHER................................2 By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Fire damaged a Wurstfest ticket office at 120 louida St. Thursday evening causing $1,300 in damage, according to Phil Baker, New Braunfels Fire Chief. "A light fixture appears to be the cause,” Baker said. Five units were dispatched at 5:47 p.m. to fight the fire. There wax damage to the wood and structure estimated at $1,300 No injuries were reported, Baker said he did not think that upcoming activities would be disrupted. Fiesta Mexicana is scheduled for this weekend at the Wurstfest facility. By JOE BELK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners passed a drug free workplace policy Theirsday, with specifics of testing and employee assistance to be determined in the next few weeks County Judge Carter Casteel said the institution of the policy followed several indepth meetings with representatives of the Texas Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse “We’re (establishing) a drug free workplace policy to provide for optimum safety ... and efficiency of Lax dollars," Casteel said. A letter explaining the policy will be sent to county employees, and workshops will be given for both employees and supervisors The policy will uke effect as soon as the letters are distributed. Pre-employment testing will be conducted for all positions, but testing "We're (establishing) a drug-free workplace policy to provide for optimum safety ... and efficiency of tax dollars/' — Carter Casteel County Judge of current county employee* will be done on a probable cause basis only Casteel said there were strict procedural guidelines on testing, with the probable cause testing affecting primarily departments where public safety is involved, such as the road or sheriffs department. Employees from all departments, however, could be tested in the event of probable cause By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Gov. Ann Richard* announced this week that the Texas Department of Community Affairs has awarded Alamo Area Council of Governments $581,942 in funding for their weaLh-enzauon assistance program. AACOG serves Comal County as well as Atascosa. Bandera. Bexar. Fno, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kames. Kendall. Kerr, Medina and Wilson counties. Pan of the funding comes from a grant awarded by the U S Depanmem of Energy specifically for weaLherizatiun assistance The program helps low income households, particularly the elderly alai handicapped, eta their uuluy bill by 30 to 50 percent by caulking, insulating. and making other repair* to By ROBERT STEWART Ste!! Writer Making the suite *s highways safe and accessible for bicyclists will be a new priority in Texas, according to Paul Douglas, The Texas Highway Department’s new bicycle The ,udge laid Jim ne county ;ur-xniiy only las a policy Hating ital a will enforce a Jragtret workplace. but Jut the procedures inc {peonies will be .roncd out in he lext few weeks In other muon. ne lour massed I resolution requirag leer >11 or ase of county land. Precinct I Commissioner J L. “Janno Evans oui the poucv would iou n nest .rases, prevent nose wno ureauv ise county and — turn os it i Christmas ’esuvai n Sailer — from continuing to do ic "It I to Clear ap rn the minds of anybody -ut wants to ase county property for any reason, it us to be approved by commissioners’ court.” Evans said The issue, he said, was brought ap when trail riders recently stayed on county land near a residenuai area without official approval. weatherproof their home. The average amount spent on each house will be $1,648, however, an additional $1,500 is available under the Enhanced Weaihen/auon Assistance Program This companion program allows for structural repair not included in the basic program. W cauterizing homes not only oene-fits residents, but also contributes to the creation of jobs. The Job Training Partnership Act offers training lo pro pie based on eligibility by income The New Braunfels office of the JTPA can be reacted for information about job training at 629-2949 Persons interested in applying for asx is lance in weatherproofing their homes should call Emit Lopez at the main office of AACOG in San Amo moat (SI2)-225-5201. ~h can be as simple as making sewer drainage grate openings perpendicular to traffic instead of parallel so btcyie tires won’t fail into them," Douglas said Bm BICYCLE, Page 2 Healty advice Staff representatives of hospitals in New Braunfels and Seguin meet Thursday at McKenna Memorial Hob* pitai in New Braunfels to advise State Rep Edmund Kuempei how he could better represent health care rn hie district Several issues on the House floor could further increase health care costs, a trend the health professionals oppose (Photo by Erik karisson) AACOG gets state funds for weatherization effort Bike safety new state emphasis coordinator. ;