New stuff is posted between 8:30 and 10:30
lets state take homes of patients
6/12/2003 10:24 a.m.
recommends Bexar be deferred from Clean Air non-attainment status, other
3 counties crossed off list
this kill the AACOG Clean Air Plan now being worked on? It appears that
the Clean Air Plan partner counties - Wilson, Guadalupe and Comal - have
been let off the hook, at least for now.
I attended the AACOG Air
Technical Committee meeting "No
swimming alert mulled for clean air" (June 11).
A research paper co-authored by Dr. Jim Neece, Texas Commission on Environmental
Quality, reported that swimming pools in the Houston area produce 5-7
parts per billion ozone.
Mr. Pete Breitenbach, a TCEQ air modeler, repudiated his co-worker's findings.
Presenting no scientific calculations and unscaled graphs, Breitenbach
declared pools only produced 1-2 ppb ozone.
Still, this amount would make pools the third largest ozone source
in San Antonio.
The committee rejected swimming pool testing, but continues to support
vehicle emissions testing. Soon, poor car owners may be paying big bucks
for testing and repairs while rich people enjoy their ozone producing
Charles Ruppert. Cibolo [he's
I posted this yesterday
6/11/2003 and reprint it for reference:
Is it just me, or are some of the Clean Air Plan
people on another planet? Look at today's Express-News story No
swimming alert mulled for clean air and note the attitudes of (paragraph
6, 7) Renee Green, chairwoman of the committee and environmental
services director for Bexar County, and (paragraph 8) Steven Smeltzer,
an AACOG environmental manager. Are these people thinking clearly, and
open to ideas, or are they close-minded bureaucrats with already-made-up
minds? And farther down the story, note that we aren't open to anti-pollution
ideas unless someone else has tried them first.
TONIGHT in Hondo
5-7pm at McDowell middle school (1602 27th St.) public meeting
regarding environmental issues in connection with the proposed Vulcan
Materials quarry at Quihi. (Only environmental issues and NOT
the scheme to condemn private land for a rail spur to the quarry). Info
at 512 419-5141. Vulcan's regional executive told me yesterday that
he will be there and will be happy to talk with citizens about the project.
City Council: today's agenda here
BAN PUBLIC HEARING 5:30 p.m.
council to hear smoking-ban debate
of Texas children looks bleak
"Texas children are the least likely to have health
insurance and are more likely to live in poverty, drop out of high school
and give birth as teenagers.."
Methodist wants settlement kept secret
David Brinkley dead in Houston at 82
Peck dead at 87
wants more anti-spam power
to skip graduation, fearing classmates plan to boo her
guy can tell woman's size ten feet away
Hillary write her own book or not?