Gina McCarthy, Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency
Office of the Administrator, 1101A
1200 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W
Washington, D.C. 20460
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
The Clean Economy Coalition, For the Greater Good, South Texas Colonia Initiative, Inc., and Corpus Christi Taxpayers Association of Corpus Christi, Texas, wish to thank you for the effort Region 6 put forth to protect us from our recent water poisoning.
As TCEQ delayed notification to the city of a possible leak of toxic chemicals into the Corpus Christi water system, Bill Honker of EPA Region 6 Water Division had to force Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc. to disclose the spilled chemical for the greater good. Then they had no test because Indulin AA-86 had never gotten into drinking water before. The Houston EPA Lab invented a new test quickly to protect Corpus Christi.
The people of Corpus Christi were upset by a complete ban on water use from, December 14-18, but knowing the EPA was on the job made most feel more protected. Paula Flores Gregg kept the new city council calmer as spokesperson for EPA.
The efforts by these EPA officials restored the public’s confidence in government that had been undermined by state and local officials. These actions also underscore the vital role the EPA serves in maintaining the local public’s safety, particularly in air and water standards. We invite you to share this letter widely and that it be placed in the personnel files of Mr. Coleman and others involved in this effort so that it might be referenced when he or she is eligible of promotion or commendation. Thank you for your attention to the matter, and thank you for your service to our nation and our city.
James E. Klein, Chair
Clean Economy Coalition
Corpus Christi, Texas
CC: President Barack Obama
Senator John Cornyn
Senator Ted Cruz
Congressman Blake Farenthold
Corpus Christi Caller-Times
Cc: Barack Obama
Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Blake Farenthold, Sam Coleman, EPA Region 6.