As I have written about previously, I am focused on making Frisco the cleanest city in the Country. Recently, I directly received good news from Luminant about the decommissioning of the old TXU plant on the west side of Preston. This took many years of work and I have been interacting with their executives for some time.
The citizens of Frisco have made it clear they expect a safe environment for our families and I have left no stone unturned as I represent our Council and you, our residents, on this issue. In my numerous local and state meetings with the Texas commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), our State and Federal Legislatures and Exide, I have made it clear that having a clean, safe environment in our city is non-negotiable and that our citizens will get the answers they need to be informed and that their concerns are addressed.
This has not been an easy road and while others are playing politics with it, the only solution is to remain focused on the job at hand. When you are dealing with a well-funded industry with powerful lobbyists, it takes experience to carefully marshal all your resources to protect the city. Our citizens also must help by being engaged, attending the public meetings to make their opinion known and to support our elected officials in their quest to clean up Frisco.
One of the things that our citizens have shared with me is the concern about a potential link to Exide and Cancer. As a cancer survivor, I take this very seriously. I have lost many good friends to cancer and know of many others that are battling this horrible disease today. I invest a lot of my time with Relay for Life and attending fund raisers for the families that are facing the challenges of this terrible disease but will also work with regulatory agencies on this issue.
When questions arose about this potential link, I immediately contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC forwarded me to the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), the agency that has jurisdiction over this potential issue. I sent a letter to DSHS and started a dialog with Dr. Eric Miller with the Texas Cancer Registry and who is the Manager of Epidemiology with the Cancer Epidemiology and Surveillance Branch of the DSHS.
I invited Dr. Miller to Frisco where I personally met with him and also a concerned parent of a child with a rare form of cancer. The full report and time/letters are below. I will continue to interact with the state and federal officials on this issue until I am satisfied that we have all the answers regarding this issue.