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Page 12-Friday, September 21, 1979-The Michigan Daily
PCB traced to Montana farm

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Federal of-
ficials said yesterday they have expan-
ded their investigation of possible con-
tamination by the banned chemical
PCB to meat-packing plants and, feedlot
operations in some Western and Mid-
western states.
Since the problem surfaced last
week, hundreds of thousands of laying
hens and millions of eggs have been
destroyed because of the contamination
traced to feed produced at the Pierce

Packing Co. in Billings in eastern Mon-
THREE MAJOR grocery store
chains in Montana and northern
Wyoming pulled suspect eggs from
their shelves, and many farms where
the contaminated feed was used volun-
tarily recalled all their eggs.
Dr. Vernon Spear, regional head of
the U.S. Agriculture Department's
meat and poultry division based in But-
te, said that inspections were now also

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being carried out at 40 to 50
slaughtering facilities in Montana,
Wyoming and North Dakota.
The contamination occurred when a
backup electrical transformer ruptured
during an accident at the Pierce plant
in June, releasing the PCB through a
drain system and into the meat meal.
Workmen this week dismantled the
transformer and the plant's hog-
slaughtering operations have con-
Peterson said yesterday that the
release of the' PCB involved "a
worker's human error," but he didn't
The chemical, polychlorinated
biphenyl, is similar to DDT in its
makeup and has been <found to cause
cancer in laboratory animals. Its
manufacture was banned in April by
the Environmental Protection Agency.
Spear said similar monitoring might
be conducted at slaughtering facilities
in other states if they "receive infor-
mation that the contaminated product
was shipped into those areas."

"THERE IS A comprehensive
monitoring program in effect in which
the hogs, cattle and sheep coming in for
slaughter are being sampled at all
packing plants under federal inspec-
tion," he said.
However, Spear said, no test results
were available yet from the USDA
laboratory in San Francisco where tle
samples were sent. The Food and Drug
Administration said 1.9 million pounds
of meat meal that may have contained
PCB has been shipped from Pierce
during the last three and one-half mon-
ths. About 90 per cent of the con-
taminated feed was shipped within
Montana, the FDA said, although other
shipments went to Utah, Idaho,
Washington, Minnesota and North
Leroy Gomez, FDA regional director,
has said the traces of PCB found in eggs
tested so far are not a serious threat to
human health. Spear said carcasses
were being checked at the slaughter
plants, along with meat products and
processed meats.

LANSING (UPI)-Backers of U.S.
Sen. Howard Baker's presidential bid
said yesterday their chances in
Michigan are better in a primary race
than a caucus fight and pledged to work
to preserve the threatened May elec-
Freshman state Sens. John Engler
and William Sederburg made the com-
ments in formally endorsing Baker,
Senate Republican leader, at a Capitol
news conference.
to give the Tennessee senator a boost
going into this weekend's Republican
Leadership Conference on Mackinac
Island. Baker and other presidential
hopefuls will be attending the three-day
The lawmakers' stance puts them at
odds with backers of former Texas Gov.
John Connally-including state Senate
GOP Leader Robert VanderLaan-who
would prefer to see the primary

Engler (R-Mount Pleasant) said
Baker would wage a "grass roots"
primary campaign that could off-set
the "big name" endorsements other
candidates such as Connally have gar-
"HIS STANDING is such that. . . he
would do very well in a popular vote,"
Engler said of Baker, who has not of-
ficially announced his presidential bid
but has said he expects to do so within
several weeks.
Sederburg, an East Lansing
Republican, said Baker will personally
urge Gov. William G. Milliken and
other Republicans attending the
Mackinac Island conference to support
keeping the primary.
Sederburg said he agrees with Van-
derLaan that former California Gov.
Ronald Reagan must be considered the
front-runner in the Republican race
"primarily because of name

Regents asked to rethink
posture on Legal Service

Continued from Page 1)
Alland and Rose told thie Regents that
precedent for the funding of both sides
in legal actions exists in both state and
federal governments. Rose noted this
was true in-the V.A. Hospital murder
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Alland used the example of indigent
defendants who rely on the public
defender's office in legal suits.
ROSE SAID by deciding not to fund
both sides in action between the
University and students, the Regents
were missing the importance of a fun-
damental underlying philosophy. '
"They are forgetting that the Univer-
sity is not a singular entity," he ex-
plained in an interview after the
meeting. "The University exists for the
students, faculty, employees and all
those who benefit from its services.
What we're saying is that the Regents
should not make the assumption that
the Administration and the University
are one and the same thing."
Rose did not rule out the possibility
that the Regents might decide to
change their position in the future.

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plete with a sticky hugs-and-kisses
reconciliation at the end.
Debbie (Candy Clark), a daffy,
platinum-haired Monroe type back in
the '62 scene here becomes submerged
in the San Francisco hippie and music
subculture. It's hard to imagine how
this fascinating period could fall flat on
screen; but director B.W.L. Norton at-
tacks the challenge with gusto and suc-
cessfully discovers new levels of
banality. He makes the hippie effort
look like an effort on the part of a lot of
weird people in funny clothes who
didn't have anything better to do.
THE FILM'S worst crime is commit-
ted, predictably, in the scenes that
demand the most subtlety and strength.
All the contradictions and horrors of
combat in Vietnam are represetned by
no less than the adventures of Terry the
Toad (Charlie Martin Smith). There's
plenty of "funny" battlefield slapstick
and as a bonus we are tredted to a mud-
dy football game that it a pitifully tame
steal from M.A.S.H.'s wild climax
Reducing tragedy to a few cheap
laughs, laced with all-too-obvious War
is Hell' potshots is only the worst of
More's many brainless errors in,
Perhaps the bitterest disappointment
is the soundtrack. In American Graffiti,
the dozens of classic rock and roll tunes

that flowed through virtually every
scene seemed to define and comment
on the characters' aimless present and
uncertain future. The sequel not only
tends to choose the most banal of late-"
60's hits but also relegates even the best
of then to faint background music. At
the rare times when the music is used
for some creative purpose, the effect is
beneath contempt: "Stop! In the Name
of Love" does not say much when it ac-
companies brutal Vietnam battle
Scattered moments of promise sur-
vive the hopelessly confusing time
structure that allows the action to jump
forward and backward a few years
without any apparent purpose.
Amazingly, there's even one fully
realized scene, in which Cindy Williams
leads a group of frightened, arrested
campus protesters in a chorus of "Baby
Love," but a dozen simultaneous dumb
images can't beat the effect of a single
good one. Nearly everything soon sinks
under the load of the director's muddy-
headed visual gimmickry.
Among Hollywood's many recent
looks back at the era, only Coming
Home really seemed to get a startingly
accurate grip on the tensions and sheer
feel of the late '60's. More American
Graffiti, for all its hysteria, is about as
convincing at capturing the spirit of an
era as John Wayne was at playing
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