New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section I Friday, May 10,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years I Home of HANNELORE BROTZ!
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Comal could see tougher dean air rules next year
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels and the San Antonio metropolitan area could soon be subjected to new proposed federal regulations governing air quality and die ozone layer.
The Environmental Protection Agency is considering revamping National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ozone, regional EPA chief of air planning Tom Diggs said from his Dallas office on Thursday.
The new regulations would lower the amount of ozone in the air that would constitute a violation of standards, and reduce the number of times air quality fails to meet that standard before actions, such as air emissions tests and gas vapor recovery systems on gasoline pumps, are put into effect by state or federal governments.
State Rep. Warren Chisum, of Pampa, chairman of theTexas House Environmental Regulation Committee, said the new regulations would impact Comal County and cause expenses for businesses and higher prices at the pump for consumers.
Diggs said nothing has been finalized yet on the proposed regulations and that it will take a year of public hearings and study before anything is implemented or changed.
“We are working with the Clean Air and Scientific Advisory Committee (an independent organization) and they have been giving us guidance on what the air quality standards should be,” Diggs said. “Once we have decided what those standards should be, we will submit a recommendation to
That recommendation will be submitted to EPA Administrator Carol Browner, who must review the proposed regulations, approve them and submit diem to die Federal Register by July of this year.
The changes in air quality standards are being considered because of a lawsuit by the American Lung Association last year against the EPA, Diggs said.
Chisum believes the proposed EPA regulations would be too burdensome for both individuals and businesses.
Chisum said the EP A's current rules have worked. He said toxic air emissions from industrial facilities had fallen by 33 percent from 1989-93 and new cars today emit 95 percent less tailpipe emissions than those from die mid-1960s.
“We need to leave the standards where they are,” Chisum said. “There is no evidence that we have a problem with public health. The air is noticeably getting better."
Chisum said the proposed EPA standards would require gas stations to sell more expensive oxygenated gas, install gas vapor recovery system in gas pumps and require state emissions tests on automobile tailpipes once a year during state inspections.
Dallas and Houston, which have exceeded the standards over the past three years and are non-attainment areas, already have gas vapor recovery systems at gas stations and auto emissions tests. These regulations, which are called Stage 2 regulations, are administered by the Texas Natural
Resource Conservation Commission.
If approved, the proposed regulations would be set in mid-1997, Diggs said.
Diggs said even if San Antonio, New Braunfels and the surrounding area were to be labeled non-attainment, it does not mean they would be subject to Stage 2 gas control measures.
“That would be an option for state and local governments to decide,” Diggs said. “The TNRCC would enforce that regulation. The state would put the regulation into place and would have to get EPA approval.”
John Rodgers, president of Independent Pump Service in San Antonio, said stores and gas stations would have to pay a heavy price if Stage 2 regulations are even implemented.
“The costs depend upon how big the station is and the condition of the piping underneath (the gas pump),” Rodgers said. “Just to redo the piping would cost between $25,000-$35,000.”
And to get ready for Stage 2 regulations, gas stations which have had dispensers more dun two years would have to replace them. This cost for a duel dispenser would be $5,000,and a multi-product dispenser would be $10,000.
“It is very, very expensive,” Rodgers said. “It would cost a store $100,000just to get ready for Stage 2 regulations. The mom and pop stores would go under. The big stores would pay the price just to stay in business. The cost of fuel would tun up for consumers.”
Recharge dropped, discharge surged from aquifer last year
Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitifftg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Cheryl Hoda, Hannelore Braize (Saturday), Hilda Bohne (83 years), Jessica Medrano (belated), Krysde Garcia (belated), Shelby Knodel (one year, Saturday), Espi Hernandez, Ronald Scheel and Lee Roy Mayfield.
Happy anniversary wishes to Mike and Barbara Garrett (16 years), Tommy and David Pfeuffer (five years) and Tootie and Curtis Nolte (49 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollan Count Mold—640 Grass—trace Oak—12 HacWwry —10 Crepe Myrtle —16 Ash —26 (Polen measured lo parts per cubic meter of air. naadtogs taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River—187 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Ectoards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed —623.23 feet above sea level, down .03 from yesterday.
: Diagnosing and treating arthritis
May has been designated National Arthritis Month, and the week of May 13 will be Nursing Home Week. In observance of both, Colonial Manor Care Center is hosting a public presentation on •Arthritis: Diagnosis and Treatment.' The event will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 15 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. John Horan will speak.
By ABE LEVY
Officials from the Edwards Underground Water District fear the recent dry spell will keep the aquifer below its average recharge level.
With the average annual recharge at 674,200 acre-feet, and last year's recharge 142,900 acre-feet below that,
A fiber optic line was cut near Garden Ridge cutting offtelephone lines in New Braunfels, Comal County and the city of Seguin at about 8:30 a.m. today.
Southwestern Bell Telephone officials did not know when the lines would be functional, but said all 911 calls will go through to the Sheriffs Department.
The cut line is shutting off long-distance service as well. Officials said a telephone crew from San Antonio is
EUWD officials said the aquifer will continue to be depleted if no rainfall arrives. An acre-foot equals 325,900 gallons of water.
“We're all going to have to conserve our application of water and hopefully buy some time,” said Rick Illgncr, general manager of the water district.
The lack of rain during the last quarter of 1995 pushed the aquifer's
presently working on the problem.
Communications Technician Debbie Burke discouraged New Braunfels residents from making phone calls until the line is fixed.
“lf people don’t have to use the phones, it’d be great if they didn’t,” Burke said.
Burke said cellular phones are still able to go through, but said the normal phones are not going through because the system is overloading as people call, wondering what the matter is.
recharge level below the annual average.
Meteorologists at the New Braunfels office of the National Weather Service said there is a 20 percent chance of rain for the weekend, and a slight chance that a thunderstorm forecast in Oklahoma may affect the Comal County area.
To date, rainfall in New Braunfels
for May is at. 14 inches, which is well below the average May rainfall of 4.97 inches.
Discharge from the aquifer last year was 761,000 acre-feet, well above the long-term average discharge of657,400 acre-feet, and well above the recharge of 531,300 acre-feet.
According to EUWD statistics, well discharge accounted for 52 percent of
the total and the rest was spring flow. Bexar County led the Edwards aquifer area with 67 perent of well discharge with Comal county accounting for four percent.
Comal Springs is at 184 cubic feet per second on Thursday, which is below the 274 cubic-feet-per-second average.
Flood warning system on Guadalupe River won’t be ready this summer
By DENISE DZIUK
Plans are moving forward for a flood warning system along the Guadalupe River. The system will not be complete in time for the influx of summer tourists this year, but evacuation plans will be ready.
“It’s going to happen. It just takes a while to get all the parties together,” Fire Marshall Milton Willmann said st the Comal County Commissioners Court yesterday.
Willmann sud a grant is being written to see if any additional funding can be obriinod He said the sirens, wliich wotiId emit a tone and voice
message, are also being tested to see how far the signals reach, and how many will be needed. He also added that the lengthy licensing process has begun, and the various groups involved are beginning to look for proper locations for the rain gauges.
“If you put them right on the river, some of our wonderful tourists may take them back to Houston with them,” he said.
Willmann said the early warning system will not be completed by this summer. However, he said an evacuation plan will be completed for the various areas on the river. He said a rough plan has already been drawn
up, and corrections are now being made.
“We need to make some more changes in where they need to go and how to get there,” said Willmarm.
In other business, the court approved a contract between the city of New Braunfels and Comal County, creating a local dive team to assist in underwear search md rescues. County Attorney Nathan Rheinlaoderatod the contract, which calls for the aly to supply the personnel and the county to supply the equipment, must now be approved by the city council.
“If they accept it aa is, we have a contract,” said Rheinlander.
Plaza Diner helps Cancer Society
The Plaza Diner is showing its support for the American Cancer Society by matching the cost of each dessert sold at the diner until May 12 with a donation of the same value to the ACS Starlight Gala.
The fourth annual Gala is set for Saturday, June 15 at the Civic Center and is the only fund-raiser of the year for the local unit of the ACS. For more information, call 629-6153.
Women’s Center needs volunteers
The Comal County Women's Center needs volunteers on Saturday, May 11, to assist children in decorating cakes for Mother's Day. lf you are able to share some of your time so that a child can honor his or her mom with a special gift, call 620-7520.
American Legion to
Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 and Auxiliary will meet Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the post home, 4210 FM 482. Nominations for 1996-97 officers will be heard. For information, call 629-1252.
Youth theater presentation
Circle Arts Theatre will present its touring youth company, The Inner Circle, in its annual end-of-the-school-year show, Saturday, May 18 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m. The show is a collection of dramatized folk tales, comedy and music. Tickets are available at China-n-Things in Landa Plaza.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprintHerald-Zeitung brings aboard new publisher and editor
Doug Toney, former editor of The Galveston County Daily News, has been named publisher and editor of The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung. The appointment, effective immediately, was announced Thursday by Jim Elsberry, Vice President of Southern Newspapers, Inc.
Joining Toney in New Braunfels will be his wife Karyn and their three children, Linnea, 12, Erik, 9, and Matthew, 6.
“We are very excited about being part of this community,” Toney said. “I am also looking forward to working with the people her: at the Herald-Zeitung. There are some super people here and they have already made me feel at home.”
Toney began at The Galveston County Daily News in 1993 as managing editor. He later was promoted to the position of editor. Both The Her-
ald-Zeitung and The Galveston County Daily News are owned by members of the Walls family.
River cleanup should draw hundreds of volunteers
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Staff WriterPhone system on the fritz
Saturday, May 18, the sixth annual Guadalupe River Cleanup will get underway at the Weidner Ranch near Guadalupe River State Park.
The event is being held in conjunction with National River Cleanup Week on May 11-18, Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup Coordinator Deirdre Hisler said.
“In the past, we usually have 150-300 volunteers for this cleanup,” Hisler, a park ranger, said. “This is a family cleanup. Eighty percent of our people are returning volunteers. The biggest reason we started this cleanup was because we see the status the lower
Guadalupe is in and we are trying to keep the upper Guadalupe from being like that.”
Registration for the cleanup runs from 9 am to 10:30 a.m. May 18 for those not pre-registered at the Weidner Ranch/Big Foot Canoes, located on Highway 311 east of Spring Branch near Mueller Falls. The cleanup begins at 10:30 a m. and runs until 5 p.m. A dinner for the volunteers will be at the Weidner Ranch beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Pre-registration forms can be picked up at the park and must be sent in by Thursday, May 16. For more information, call Hisler at (210) 438-2656.
The areas that will be targeted for cleanup will be 50 miles of die upper Guadalupe River from Zoeller Lime
to Rebecca Creek Crossing above Canyon Lake.
“We depend on canoe clubs and private boaters across the state,” Hiller said, “lf the volunteers want to get on the water but don’t have a bott, the volunteer should let me know during the pre-registration process so that I can get them into a boat”
Hisler said the Weidner fondly has been the reason why the cleanup has been put on the last six years.
“lf it weren’t for the Weidner family donating their space of land for this cleanup, this wouldn’t have been possible,” Hisler said. “They have taken a stance that says we want this river clean. The park is real grateful to them.”Whitewater probe just wonft go away. See Opinion, Page 4.