New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 125
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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May 12, 1991
75 Cents Three Sections, 48 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Katherine Johnson, Edward Espinoza, John E. Wom-mack, April Luna, Chrystene Smith, Mireya Blankmeyer, Anna Lopez, Randy Brown, Anita Lloy-d, Roland Espinoza, and Carole Farmer.
Happy birthday Monday to Rose Ann Rubio, Randy Darnell, and Kory Hudgins.
Belated birthday greetings to Hannelorc Brotzc, Crystal Stolte, Amparo Saenz, Javier Castilleja Jr., JoAnn Acevedo, David Kight, Jessica Lynn Villalobos, and Kristin Farmer.
“Happy anniversary” today to Simon and Frances Medina, Martin and Irene Driscoll, and Anita and Filimon Farias.
“Happy anniversary” Monday to Andy and Suzic Hartman.
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.Club meeting
New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club will meet at the Plaza Diner, 367 Main Plaza, Tuesday at 6 p.m. April Coldsmith, chairperson of the American Cancer Society’s Great American Food Fight will be the guest speaker.
Children’s Museum New Braunfels Children’s Museum is seeking volunteers for help with its Third Annual New Braunfels Triathlon benefit. Two meetings, a brief one at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday and a second at 7 p.m. June 4, will give details on setting up booths and caring for athletes in the June 9 event. The triathlon will include a swim, a bike ride and a run. Interested parties arc invited to call 620-0939 for information.Aggie moms
The annual Aggie Moms Award picnic is slated for May 19 at 4 p.m. at Cypress Bend Park. Special honored guests will be the 1991 high school graduates planning to attend Texas A&M University. Officers for 1991-92 also will be installed. Each family is asked to bring two dishes — vegetable, salad, dessert or bread. Meat, drinks and table service will be provided. Make reservations by May 15 by calling Jan Wingate at 629-0212, Gennie Stackhouse, 899-3303 or Gaylynn Smith, 625-9609.Flying In
San Marcos Radio Control Association is sponsoring a fly-in of remote control aircraft May 26 off of Interstate 35 in San Marcos at the Wonder World Drive exit. For more information contact Don Tuff at 629-1127.Band boosters
New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the band hall. All interested persons arc invited lo attend. Officers will be installed and upcoming events will be planned.
The spring concert will be Thursday and die Band Banquet is set for May 24.Crime watch
A crime watch organi/aiional meeting for die River Oaks Properly Owners Association will be
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High* in the 80s and lows in die 70s, and only a 20 percent cliance of rain, are forecast for the area today and Monday. For additional weather information, see Page 2A.
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Legislation on waste still ‘hard to call’
TACB unanimously approves rule changes
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
The Texas Air Control Board unanimously approved rule changes Friday that will stiffen the controls of burning hazardous waste in cement kilns in the state.
The rules will go into effect in 20 days, said TACB spokesman Steve Davis.
Air Control Board Executive Director Steve Spaw said the rules are
tougher than federal rules, but are achievable by Texas industries.
Jim Myers, deputy director for regulatory operations at the TA BC, also said the rules are achievable.
“I don’t believe, and this is my personal opinion, that the rules it adopted would in fact create a regulatory burden that would bring industry to its knees," he said.
Some of the specification of the rules include:
• Limits on particulate emissions and hydrogen chloride are spelled out.
• Facilities shall not bum any chlorinated hazardous waste or hazardous waste containing arsenic, antimony, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium. lead, mercury, silver, or thallium, unless the executive director has established an enforceable emission limit designed to protect public health for each metal and for toxic products or incomplete combustion.
• Facilities shall maintain an automatic waste feed cutoff system which shall activate if the facility is not operating within the limits set out.
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 amend
ments, the staff reviewed the Boiler and Industrial Furnace rules — recently promulgated by the Environmental Protection Agency — that also smelly monitor the 'use of hazardous waste as fuel.
Officials of Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp. have gone on record supporting the BIF rules and asked the TACB to carefully look ai those rules if it proceeded with its own rule-making
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
After months of hearings, debates, and research, watchers of the Texas Legislature are predicting whether lawmakers will in fact pass legislation regulating hazardous waste.
Lawmakers, concerned citizens, and industry people alike say they would be hard-pressed to predict what could or will pass before the session ends May 27.
“In the final weeks, I think any close observer of the Legislature will tell you there could be any change of direction,” said Reggie Bashur, an assistant to the president of Systech Environmental Corp. for legislative affairs.
“As to what the final outcome is going to be of the various bills we don’t know — that’s up to the wisdom of the Legislature.”
David Wallace, president of Securing a Future Environment — which formal to fight the proposal to store and bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant — said he is concerned that opportunities to stop hazardous waste from being burned in cement kilns are dwindling.
“The only chance that we seem to have, unless a miracle happens, is Senate Bill 1099,” he said. “Thai’s the only chance that we probably have to pass anything. It’s depressing.”
Senate Bill 1099. carried by Sen. Steve Carideer, D-Roby, has cleared the Senate and faces a challenge in the House of Representatives.
The bill calls for a moratorium that would temporarily halt new hazardous waste permits. It also specifies permit applicants must demonstrate technological expertise and financial soundness. The bill also outlines that hazardous waste facilities must not be located within a specified distance of schools, homes, churches, parks and water supplies.
But, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-
Kuempel expects to vote soon on moratorium bill
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Legislation that would place a two-year moratorium on the burning of hazardous waste in cement kilns is expected to be voted on in the House of Representatives this week.
“I think we will get it passed in the House,” said Rep. Edmund Kuempel, who is sponsoring the legislation known as House Bill 420. “I’m not interested in taking any amendments. I can beat the amendments off ” Kuempel said he believes the bill will be voted on Monday or Tucsday and sent to the Senate for approval.
“I think it will even pass through the Senate. I think that this has got a little momentum and we’ve been working on it tremendously hard ... and I’ve got some people that’s going to help mc.”
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Laredo, said she is confident her legislation. Senate bills 1393 and 350, will pass the House and become law.
Senate Bill 350 would prohibit the Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp. from obtaining permits to store and bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant unless it could prove it would not be a nsk of harm to health, safety and welfare of the population and environment, more specifically the Edwards Aquifer. Senate Bill 1393 is meant to ensure companies use the best available technology in
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Promotion, additions to staff announced
Stephanie Ferguson has been named city editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zettung, and two writers have been added to the newspaper's staff.
Ferguson, who has served as staff writer arui news Ferguson
editor of the Herald for more than three years, will assume responsibility for the Kaleidoscope section of the newspaper; oversee production of Business, Entertainment and Religious Focus pages; and assist in supervision of the reporting staff.
“I’m excited about moving a journalist of Stephanie's quality and commitment into this area,” said Managing Editor J annie Green in announcing the promotion. “She has been a great help in these areas in the interim and already has contributed a lot to the improvements our readers are seeing"
Joining the reporting staff are Robert A. “Bob" Stewart and Jamie Lee Campbell.
Stewart is a December graduate of the University of Texas' journalism program and will be covering both law enforcement in Comal County and the area’s two school districts. He reported to work May 6.
Campbell, a graduate student at Southwest Texas Slate University in San Marcos, will handle coverage of communities in Comal County not previously pan of a regular “beal.” Her duties began April 26.
“While we’ve always attempted to cover events and issues as they arise,” Green said, “the Herald believes there's a wealth of interesting people and places in Comal County that need access to the newspaper’s pages.”
An older model Chrysler, above, stands in the hole it opened in the side of a local restaurant Saturday evening. Jailed on drunken driving charges after hitting New Braunfels Tortilleria, left, Benito Roman Bustamante. (Photos by Erik Karlsson)
Car crashes into restaurant
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A 31-year-old New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County Jail this morning on drunken driving charges after he drove his vehicle through a local restaurant.
Benito Roman Bustamante was arrested around 7 p.m. Saturday by New Braunfels Police Department officers at the New Braunfels Tortilleria, 1681 Spur 3. His bond was set at $300.
Police Officer Mike Garcia said lite restaurant was closed at the time of the mishap. No one was reported
Bustamante was driving an older model Chrysler cast on Spur 3 and hit the curb while attempting to make a right turn onto South Plum Avenue, Garcia said, adding the driver then lost control of the vehicle and swerved into the side of the restaurant.
Hic driver got out of the car and walked south on Plum Avenue, Garcia said. A witness later identified the driver to police.
New Braunfels Fire Department and Entex officials were dispatched to the scene and investigated a possible gas leak. No fire developed.
Displaying smiles and flowers are Gayle Maniple and her daughter, Lexi. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Tribute to mother
In a competion sponsored by the New Braunfels Herald-/eitung and Shem’s Floral Creations, a Seelc Elementary School fourth-grader won a weekend of excitement for her “Mother of the Year” with these words:
She is full of tenderness also quite sweet, always there lo com fort me It’s like she grants me wishes that I don't wish But most of all I love my mom.
Lexi Hampel's tribute to her mother, Gayle Hampel, won the pair special prizes donated by merchants — and a tear in the eye of many.