The Michigan Daily-Friday, July 13, 1979-Page 5
House says burn PBB cattle
LANSING (UPI) - The House voted
yesterday to require that the state in-
cinerate PBB-tainted cattle, which
would end the Oscoda County burial
operation that has angered residents of
that northern lower Michigan com-
The bill, sent to the Senate on an 89-13
vote, also would allow the state Depar-
tment of Natural Resources (DNR) to
dispose of the cattle in some as-yet un-
discovered form other than burial.
THE SENATE, meanwhile, approved
legislation calling for the cataloging of
all Michigan land and how it is being
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relatively luxurious accommodations
to the young veteran travelers.
"We're really lucky here," she said.
"We've got a whole bunch of showers.
Sometimes we have six showers for
everybody. These are really
nice-we've got hot water and cool
The Phantom Regiment, along with
the other corps, has been "on tour" for
at least two weeks-reaching such
destinations as Toronto and Montreal.
Summer competition will continue
until the world championship to be held
in Birmingham, Alabama, August 18.
Traveling throughout the country and
staying in area schools and churches,
the corps that participated in the Yp-
silanti competition yesterday came
from as far away as Toronto, Wyoming,
New Jersey, and Quebec.
BILL EVANS, field coordinator for
the competition, said the corps, which
by regulation must place no more than
128 members on the field during com-
petition, receive points from a panel of
judges that gives points to the perfor-
ming musical groups for spectacular
displays and positive audience reac-
tion, while subtracting points for faulty
All competing groups who reach the
finals receive a cash prize raised from
the admission fees from the 8000 spec-
tators who observed the competition.
Success requires persistance, as the
corps have been practicing since Sep-
tember and throughout the winter,
some even holding winter camps.
AND PERSISTANCE very often
means practicing 12 to 14 hours a day
despite blistering feet and sore throats,
said Phantom Regiment nurse Pat
Beard as she dressed musician Heidi
Finzel's blistered foot.
Ricky Hansen, a Regiment member,
said competition for the corps is tough,
but "if they (competitors) have got a
good attitude, and try hard, they'll
Though about three fourths of the
regiment's members are from its home
town of Rockford, Illinois, many also
come at their own expense from as far
away as Iowa and Colorado during the
winter to try to get into the ranks of the
famous Phantom Regiment.
Besides the northern championship
held in Ypsilanti, Drum Corps Inter-
national sponsors four regional cham-
pionships before the Birmingham,
Alabama international championship.
Evans said most of the drum and
bugle corps will move on to an even
larger competitioq at the University of
Wisconsin in Whitewater today and
Under the bill, sent to the House on a
32-2 vote, the DNR would prepare an
inventory of all land in the state. Local
governmental units would inventory
the current uses to which that land is
"This bill will for the first time assure
that we in Michigan have a complete,
accurate and useable inventory of all
our land resources and uses," said the
bill's sponsor, Sen. Stephen Monsma.
"THIS IS AN essential first step to ef-
fective land use planning."
Also passed by the Senate were bills
making public the salaries paid to
teachers and other employees of public
colleges and universities and creating a
state economic development cor-
poration to attract new businesses to
Michigan and encourage-the expansion
of firms already here.
The PBB bill was introduced by
freshman Rep. Tom Alley (D-West
Branch), whose Oscoda County con-
stituents believe highly toxic PBB could
seep through the pit and contaminate-
their ground water.
THEY CONSISTENTLY have argued
incineration - which supposedly would
destroy the PBB - would be safer.
The bill is opposed, however, both by
the DNR and the state Department of
The measure requires the DNR to
locate a safe site for the incinerator and
seek local approval of the installation.
IF NO ACCEPTABLE site is found, a
temporary facility would be erected on
the current burial pit site in Oscoda
Oscoda County residents fought the
program with picket lines and a court
suit that eventually was decided in the
state's favor by the Michigan Supreme
Thousands of animals already have
been buried but about 600 live cows and
2,000 barrels of frozen animals are
awaiting the excavation of new pits.
Rep. Steve Andrews (R-Wolverine),
called the measure "a very viable
alternative to the present means of
disposal of these animals."
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