Region: Trans Pecos
Topics: Solid Waste, Hazardous Waste, Groundwater, Government,
Mrs. Herndon is the mayor pro-tem of Spofford, a community south
of Brackettville in the Trans-Pecos of west Texas. She has been
involved in a number of efforts to protect this part of the state,
particularly the precious groundwater that underlies these arid lands.
In the early 1990s, she and Citizens
Against a Radioactive Environment successfully built an alliance with
the government of Mexico to stop a proposal by Texcor to construct a
low-level radioactive waste site near Spofford that would have been
within the 62-mile border strip protected under the La Paz Agreement.
In the mid-1990s, Adobe Eco-Systems
proposed a 213-acre, 100'-tall landfill to take up to 5000 tons per
day in municipal and industrial waste from border maquilla factories.
This landfill was proposed for the same site as the Texcor low-level
radioactive waste facility. It too was defeated by Mrs. Herndon
and local grassroots opponents.
She currently serves on the board of the
Kinney County Groundwater Conservation District. Landowners and
water marketers have filed applications to pump 100,000 acre-feet of
groundwater from the Edwards, Edwards-Trinity, and Austin Chalk
aquifers for sale to San Antonio and other growing municipalities.
Mrs. Hudson and others on the District board have sought to limit
these applications because they appear to exceed historic uses on
which the permits are calculated (seven times current use), and could
drain local aquifers, threatening the life and economy of Trans-Pecos
February 21, 2006
Reels 2357 and 2358