Gazette Enterprise 6/5/03
Air Plan critics call for EPA control
SAN ANTONIO PUBLIC MEETING
AACOG 9:00 a.m. this Saturday June
first at which they will answer questions!
Quality Public Meeting details
This is a huge breakthrough.
I hope you can be at this meeting to ask some of the reasonable
questions you have asked on air. It is
crucial that Bexar County fill this meeting. That's the
only way AACOG will understand people care.
The only reason AACOG will answer questions is they finally
met their match in the form of some angry elected officials in
Wilson County who didn't get to ask questions a few weeks ago
in their public meeting. The AACOG web site has also said citizens
can ask questions at these meetings. The web site doesn't say
that questions will not be answered.
I represent Guadalupe County on two AACOG committees, and they
wouldn't even allow me to answer a basic question a citizen asked
about the difference in air pollution here and in Denver, Colorado
(where I once lived in the Air Force).
Judge Marvin Quinney is a big AACOG booster, but they even
managed to offend him. For the first time, he got to see one of
my Power Point shows on what is wrong with the clean air plan.
He also heard two of his commissioners complain about not being
able to ask questions. At last week's AIR Executive Committee,
Judge Quinney asked for help in responding to the questions that
I have raised. They didn't even respond to his plea for help!
Really amazing. The end result of this is that AACOG removed from
the web site the fact citizens can answer questions.
Forrest M. Mims III
Vice-Chairman, Environmental Science Section, Texas Academy of
Science; Guadalupe County representative, Alamo Area Council of
Governments (AACOG) AIR Advisory Committee AACOG AIR Technical
Advisory Committee; Air Quality Advisor, Guadalupe County Commissioners
the $40 Inspection Tag is a possibility
under the area Clean Air Plan now being formulated (see Express-News
story 5/29/2003 Clean-air
strategies cautiously approved).
Email or phone your councilman and county commissioner. Easy
contact links are always in my left column at
Mayor/Council phones+e-mail and Bexar
Cmsn phones+email also find good CLEAN AIR info
Organized for Good Science