Letters on alamo wastewater plant, hillary clinton and lng facility in rgv letters themonitor.com electricity for refrigeration heating and air conditioning answer key


1. Build a mechanical sewage treatment plant. At that time it would have cost about $60 million. Now it would probably be $100 million and take years to finance, engineer, and build. Alamo cannot afford this option even with some state and federal grants.

2. Work with the Military Highway sewage treatment plant to treat the City of Alamo’s wastewater. We would have to put in a short run of pipes and some lift stations down Alamo Road and a meter to measure the City of Alamo’s sewage so the city could pay for it.

4. If capacity at the Military Highway sewage plant is a problem then have all of Alamo’s wastewater south of the expressway sent to the Military Highway facility and all of the wastewater north of the expressway sent to the North Alamo water sewage plant.

I agree with Manolo Garibay’s Thursday letter (“Hillary Clinton cleared”) that more competent legal minds should decide the fate of a politico such as Hillary, and judge her deeds as criminal or careless. But he must also remember that the rules of law that apply to Hillary would not apply to plain citizens, like us. We would undoubtedly be prosecuted to the full extent of the law or fined heavily had we violated laws regarding the secrecy of our country. Even at the local level, judges who are caught with a DWI and state senators who try to board commercial aircraft with loaded firearms are merely given a slap on the wrist and not held to account for their actions, as you or I would have had the proverbial book thrown at us. So this legal sword you see only cuts one way, not for the privileged, but swiftly and decisively for you or me.

If you haven’t been diligent in reading the public notices in the back pages of the newspaper, you may have missed how our future air quality is determined. Texas LNG (liquefied natural gas) and recently Rio Grande LNG/Rio Bravo Pipeline Facility have applied for permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ,) each with a small public notice displayed in the Brownsville Herald on June 22.

The LNG companies, which cumulatively consist of export terminals, pipelines and trucking facilities, plan to build on the Brownsville Port. The local towns of South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista have filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) opposing LNG construction due to their close proximity to the proposed heavy industrial petrochemical plants and their transport tankers. The latest LNG air permit application to TCEQ announcement states the facility will emit the following contaminants: organic compounds, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen sulfide, sulfuric acid, particulate matter including those with diameters of 10 microns or less and 2.5 microns or less and greenhouse gases.

The written public comment period is for one month following the June 22 publication of the permit notice in the newspaper, so the deadline is coming up soon! Comments must be made to TCEQ, as well as a request for a public meeting. The permit numbers are 140792, PSDTX1498 and GHGPSDTX158 and can be submitted online at www.tceq.texas.gov/about/comments.html.