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Friday July 8. 1977

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errorists bomb executive's villa

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) -
Extremists said yesterday they
had bombed the villa of a chem-
cal company executive in re-
prisal for the ecological disas-
'er in the northern Italian town
,f Seveso caused by a chemi-
al explosion a year ago.
The bombing at the home of
Rudolf Rupp, a deputy director
of F. Hoffman-La Roche Ltd.,
was "a first -warning," a group
calling itself Commando 10th of
July said in a note sent to the
urich newspaper Die Tat.
JULY'10, 1976, was the date
of the poisonous gas explosion
at a chemical plant owned by
a subsidiary of Hoffman-La
The note said top executives
of the company "will be strick-
en with reprisals that match
their responsibility." Police said
they were taking special securi-
ty measures to protect the

firm's officers.
Police said the blast Tuesday
night at the Rupp villa caused
minor damage and no injuries.
The house is in Frankendorf,
near Basel, the company head-,
POLICE SAID Rupp was in
Milan directing decontamina-
tion work at Seveso, and his
wife and two daughters were
not at home at the time.
The note to the newspaper
accused Hoffman-La Roche of
"murder" in Seveso. Only ani-
mals were killed by the gas,
bus dozens of Seveso women
fearing malformations in their
babies have undergone abor-
The note also said the com-
pany had supplied defoliants
for the Vietnam war, "which
surprises no one as it is known
to what degree the Basel chemi-
cal firms took part in the Nazi

wars of conquest." subsidiary Givaudan S. A. of ials fear that the worst effects
Geneva, sent a cloud of toxic of the poisoning will not show
"RUPP CERTAINLY is only dioxin gas over a 600-acre area themselves for years, possibly
small fry, and we now reward in and around Seveso. not until these children have
him for his work as an eager children.
servant of his master," it said. ABOUT 30 PERSONS were About 1,000 workers lost their
Left-wing extremists had pre- hospitalized, most with skin ail- jobs when industries and other
viously claimed responsibility ments, and about 70 persons businesses were shut down in
for the bombing and wounding were exacuated from the area, Seveso. Italian officials have es-
Seveso health official Mario which is still off-limits, timated total damage at $80
Ghetti in the legs earlier this Since then about 300 children million. The chemical company
year. have developed skin diseases, has made some compensatory
The explosion last July at mostly a form of acne, and oth- payments, but Seveso residents
the Seveso plant of Icmesa S.A., ers have swollen livers and complain they have not received
owned by the Roffman-La Roche black fingernails. Health offic- enough.
Carter to reorganize staff

dent Carter is considering a se-
ries of options that would let
him redeem his campaign
pledge to cut the size of the
White House staff by 30 per

One option under considera-
tion would reduce his immedi-
ate staff to about 340 persons,
the smallest presidential en-
tourage since Dwight Eisenhow-

A Public Service of this newspaper & The Advertising Councl
I ,
coun e

er occupied the White House 20
years ago.
The present White-House staff
numbers more than 550, includ-
ing workers borrowed on a temp-
orary basis from federal agen-
cies. The staff at the end of
Gerald Ford's presidency was
slightly above 500.
Carter has said he hopes this
first reorganization plan will
serve as a model for others
that he promises will revamp,
over a period of several years,
the entire federal bureaucracy.
Changes also were said to be
likely for the Council on Envi-
ronmental Quality and the Coun-
cil on Wage and Price Stabili-
Carter also has asked the pub-
lic for its advice in streamlin-
ing the government and in mak-
ing it more responsive to the
needs of the people.
Yesterday's Federal Register
contained a formal invitation for
public comment or reorganiza-
tion of the executive branch.
Cards and letters should be sent
to Reorganization Issues, The
White House, Washington, D.C.,
Comments and suggestions
should be received by Aug. 5.
Although the announcement
listed points to consider, offic-
ials said "should you wish to
focus your response on other
reorganization issues, please do
Among the issues on which
Carter is seeking ideas from
the public are:
0 What tasks does the federal
government perform well?
* In what areas should the
federal government be play-
ing a greater or lesser role?
* How can foreign policy and/or
national security policy be
developed with more public
Is the federal government
organized to protect the
nation's land and water
resources? Can you
recommend any changes?
What are the best approaches
to deliver economic and
community development
* Do you believe that the
federal civil service is a
productive work force?
If so, why? If not, what
improvements should
be made?
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Friday, July 8, 1977
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