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Classified ..8-ll-B Comics/Crossword 6-A Dimension 7-A Editorial 4-A Markets. 10-A Movie Theaters 4-B Obituaries 3-A Police Beat 2-A Sports i-3-B Television Log 4-B Word of Mouth .. 5-B Paptoton MORE THAN 70,000 READERS EVERY DAY WEATHER FAIR WEATHER with a low temperature in the mid-70s are forecast for Wednesday night. Partly cloudy skies with a high temperature in the upper 90s are expected Thursday. From 8 a.m. Tuesday to 8 a.m. Wednesday, a low of 79 degrees and a high of 96 were recorded. Volume 65, ! No. 249 Telephone Number: 422-8302 Wednesday, August 19, 1987 .n, Texas 77520 25 Cents Per Copy Exxon seeks new hazardous waste permit By DAVID MOHLMAN Exxon Co. USA has applied for a permit to operate a new hazardous waste treatment unit at the Baytown Refinery. The proposed 43.1-acre location is about 1,000 feet west of Decker Drive between the refinery entrance and Exxon's Baytown Olefins Plant entrance, according to Exxon spokesman Ron Embry. He said it will be roughly that same distance north of Park Street where Park passes through the refinery. Embry and Lee Jones, assistant chief hearings examiner for the Texas Water Commission, indicated the new operation will replace an existing waste treatment and disposal area near the Exxon docks. According to the water commission, Exxon has applied to treat sludge and heavy oils, oily silt and sand, petroleum-contaminated dirt, waste oils, ammonia water, MEA (monoethanol amine) reclaimer sludge and oil containing PNA (polynuclear aromatics). Most of the wastes are from the Baytown Refinery, but some are from Exxon's Baytown Chemical Plant and Baytown Olefins Plant. MEA is a solvent used to recover sulfur and PNA is a hazardous material suspected of possibly causing cancer, according to Embry. However, he indicated all items on the list are heaw materials which don't readily evaporate to the atmosphere as does a lighter material such as gasoline. Also, the list of materials to be treated at the new site doesn't include anything not being treated at the existing site, said Embry. Both sites are called "land farms" because wastes are treated, then tilled into the soil where natural bacteria biodegrades (or deteriorates) them, said Embry. the sites aren't landfills, he said. Embry said the present treatment site is in the coastal flood plain and said it can't meet requirements of new legislation on waste treatment. The new legislation states biodegradation must occur within a five-foot band of ground, he said. At the present site, which Embry estimated Exxon has used for about 50 years, biodegradation has extended a few feet beyond this band. "We can't really show that new waste is going to be degraded within regulation, "he said. :. The new location is a "virgin site" in waste treatment terms, said Embry. "All we're doing is transferring an operation from the south land farm to the north land farm and using that opportunity to incorporate some improvements on how we (treat the wastes)," he stated. Glass back with family LONDON (AP> - American journalist Charles Glass returned to his wife and five children Wednesday after 62 days as a hostage in Beirut. "We missed you Dad a lot. Welcome home," said a sign on the front door. Glass, looking tired but relieved, arrived at London's Gatwick Airport about 30 hours after slipping out of wrist and ankle chains, locking up his snoring captors, and bolting from an apartment in West Beirut's pro- Iranian Shiite Moslem stronghold of Bir el-Abed. At the airport. Glass said his ordea! brought him "closer to God. 1 found great solace in prayer, and this will stay with me all my life." Asked what his plans were, he replied: "I hope to sec my wife and children and have some privacy." Glass. 36. was on leave from ABC to research a book on Lebanon when he was kidnapped June 17 while driving along a highway. The Los Angeles native, who lives in London, said he went to Beirut in the belief he would bo protected by the Syrian military who police many parts of the city. Asked if he thought it was unwise for him to go to Beirut, Glass replied: "1 admitted it the moment that green Mercedes cut in front of my car ... It was a mistake." Pcarcc Street Journal - - Lauirh lines We reproduce thisto demonstrate the depth of our research. Laughing kills pain because it stimulates secretion of en- dorphlnes, the body's natural anesthetic. Human beings are a bagful of chemicals of a coherently active and interactive nature. There is a tremendous dynamism implied by that concept. Laughter is an activity thai has both physiological and psychological energy — like exercise and eating. If you don't concur, blame that Stanford professor. -FH Around Town JEN ICE COFFEY is home recuperating from injuries she received in a major automobile accident in Houston. Don Perry returns . . . Dianne Martinez waves hello . . . Ron Embry returns a call. Bobby Rountree. Vivian Singleton and Scott Patrick are guests . . . Judi Craig makes a photo appointment , . . Bud Closs sends information . . , Rick, Mona and Sarah Elizabeth Brister stay on the go. Mike Shields, Ed Scales and Maurice McDermott talk football . . . Bob Poirier is complimented for a job well done ... Lynne Wilcox coordinates a successful YMCA project. ABC'S OF ENERGY EFFICIENCY BARBERS MILL School District's Barry H*rvey, left, director of transportation, food service and maintenance; his secretary Ida OTTOS, second from left, Superintendent Louis Bates and Margaret Sanders, representing the Public Utility Commission's Energy Research Center in Austin, discuss the SM.971.10 energy savings accomplished by the district during the 19W4T7 school year. Mrs. Sanders toured the school facilities Tuesday and discussed the district's efforts to conserve energy. See related story, Page 2-A* (Sun staff photo by Angle Bracey) The present site will be closed, but Exxon by law must monitor the site for 30 years, checking for any movement of materials, said Embry. Jones said the Texas Air Control Board and Environmental Protection Agency reviewed Exxon's plans for the new site and made recommendations before the permit was submitted: Landowners adjacent to the refinery are among some 130 persons, organizations and government entities which got a notice from the Texas Water Commission about Exxon's permit application, said Jones. The notice states anyone can request a public hearing during the 45- day period following the date (July 28) the notice was issued. The request must be accompanied by a statement that "an aesthetic, conservational, recreational or economic interest of the requestor is or may be adversely affected by the granting of the application," according to the notice. Jones said as of Tuesday she had received no public hearing requests. Embry said Exxon officials hope to get the permit this fall and begin construction early in 1988. He estimated the project would take "roughly a year" to finish. Baker Road work to cost $2,471,428 By BRUCE GUYNN Harris County commissioners Tuesday awarded a 52,471,428 contract to Mischer Paving,and Utility Co. of Houston for the widening of Baker Road between Decker and Bayway drives. The company submitted the lowest of five bids. Other bidders and their proposals included Angel Brothers, 52,657,813: Brown & Root. 53.195.536; Calco Equipment. S2.942.688: and Richmond Excavators. S3.134.767. Plans call for the widening of this 1.l-mile segment of Baker Road from two to five lanes. There will be a continuous left turn lane in the center. Funds for the project were approved in the 1982 county bond referendum. County officials had anticipated the project would cost S3 million. Mischer Paving and Utility Co. was the contractor for the widening of North Main between Cedar Bayou-Lynchburg Road and Interstate 10. In other business, commissioners called a referendum for Nov. 3 to decide whether pari- mutuel betting on horse races should be legalized in Harris County. The decision to call the referendum passed by a 4-0 margin. Precinct 2 Commissioner Jim Fonteno, who represents the Baytown area, was absent. Absentee voting will begin Oct. 14 and will be conducted weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Oct. 29 at a number of locations, including the Harris County Courthouse Annex at 701 Baker Road. The Harris County election will be held in conjunction with a statewide referendum on the issue. Proponents of pari-mutuel betting have argued that it will generate much-needed tax revenue for the state, hit hard by the slump in the oil and gas industry. However, opponents contend it will attract an undesirable element to the state and deprive the poor of money. 'Baytown 2000' to serve as master plan, guide By BRUCE GUYNN A master plan will "serve as a guide to controlled growth and development of the city," according to the "Baytown 2000" plan. Second of a series Objectives of the master plan are "to identify specific improvement projects, quantify the magnitude of impact in terms of cost/benefit ratios, establish a method for implementation and identify funding sources." The master plan is one of 10 projects proposed by the Strategic Planning Committee to help revitalize Baytown. The "Baytown 2000" plan, adopted by City Council last week, is considered "the initial phase of an overall master plan." "Unlike other communities." the plan notes, "the city of Baytown maintains sufficient staff with technical expertise and experience to formulate the master plan." "While it is envisioned that the planning staff will be the focal point for compiling the docu- ment, the overall burden will be disbursed to the various departments," according to the plan. Each department will be responsible for suggesting short- and long-term projects. It will then be left to City Council to decide which of these projects are feasible. "If these projects are found feasible, the next phase would be prioritization and implementation," the plan notes. It also predicts there will be a need to hire private consultants for specific projects that are outside of the staffs realm of expertise. In these cases, "council is requested to support staff (recommendations) whenever specific funding needs are presented." The plan notes that the leaders of other cities which have undergone revitalization advise that the municipal government must lead this process. "The universal formula of success involves a program to create a 'sense of place' for the citizens. Each city must find the unique characteristics that will spell success," according to the plan. "Annual festivals are used to give cities their identity. Baytown is in need of such a theme," the plan concludes. There are always "vocal skeptics" to a revitalization program but the "universal factor" in keeping a city moving ahead is to "keep the lines of communication open." "Dozens of cities all over America have 'Cinderella' stories" and "almost none" have failed completely, the plan notes. Tax dollars are required to get the projects started but "benefits are enjoyed by all segments of the community," according to the plan. Insurance unresolved LC budget issue By DAVID MOHLMAN An insurance funding problem created by Gov. Bill Clements remained Tuesday night as the only unresolved matter in the proposed 1987-88 Lee College budget. See related stories, Page 2-A Using his line item veto power, Clements recently struck an estimated $45.4 million from the state budget by eliminating funding of group insurance premiums for Texas community college employees. An estimated $347,093 of that amount was earmarked for Lee College. The state requires that community colleges provide at least $100 per month for health insurance for eligible full-time employees and retirees, said LC president Vivian Blevins. At Lee College, 285 of the 304 individuals are eligible for this benefit, she said. The state had been reimbursing the $100 monthly amount for each eligible individual. "The Legislature had voted to fund that premium (again this year) — they had passed an appropriations bill to pay for it," said Blevins. Blevins noted the actual monthly health insurance benefit at Lee College, as established by the Board of Regents, is $167. The college was paying the extra $67, but now must pay the entire amount. One solution would be to drop the extra $67 per month and pay only the required $100, but such a move "would not be a popular option," said Blevins. This summer, LC officials budgeted conservatively from the beginning, planning to get only $221,119 from the state for 1987-88 insurance — the same amount as this year, Blevins noted. She said happy LC officials thought they had come out $126,000 ahead when legislators passed the state budget containing the estimated $347,093 allocation. Blevins said her first recommendation to the Board of Regents will be to take 5221,119 from the college's anticipated $2,450,000 educational and general fund balance as of Sept. 1. LC officials try to maintain at least a 10 percent emergency balance in this fund, which is expected to total $14,648,267 for !987-«8, said consultant Bettie Bennett, retired dean of ad- ministrative services. The college will pay $170,000 in early retirement benefits this year, but can use that money for insurance beginning in 1988-89, said Blevins. The remaining $51,000 in future years can come from a $100,000 contingency fund, budgeted as part of the educational and general fund beginning in 1987-88, said Blevins. Another option is to get $146,000 from reserves and $75,000 from the contingency fund, said Blevins. She said her third recommendation would be to take $75,000 from reserves, $75,000 from the contingency fund and $71,119 allocated for several 1987-88 budget items, including equipment purchases, faculty travel and sabbaticals and student field trips. Dedication of park set The Baytown Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a dedication ceremony Thursday for the newly completed Unidad Park at 2510 J.B. LeFevre St. , "'- , See related photo, Page 2-A Refreshments will be served at 5 p.m. and entertainment will he provided by the DeZavala Neighborhood Council. 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