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The Michigan Daily

Vnl I YYYVII t'No. 7-S

Ann Arbor, Michigan-Thursday, Mdy 12, 1977

Ten Cents

Twelve Pages

Stanford students buck Ford
A group of Stanford University students will confront Ford
Motor Company president Henry Ford It with questions concerning
Ford's investments in white-ruled South Africa at a stockholders'
meeting today.
The student group--Stanford Committee for a Responsible In-
vestment Policy (SCRIP) - is supporting a resolution of the Inter-
faith Council for Corporate Responsibility which will be submitted
to the stockholders at today's meeting calling for an end to Ford's
expansion in South Africa.
STANFORD BOLDS 93,350 shares of Ford stock and will vote
on the resolution.
Phillip Lewis, a University of Michigan student, will read
this statemept to the stockholders:
"In view of the racist and murderous political, social and
economic policies of the Republic of South Africa, we question
and indeed demand to know where the line will be drawn between r ,
Ford company profits and the moral obligation we assume as -.
Americans in a democratic republic."
THE GROUP claims the autoinotive giant's investment in the x ;
country contributes to the continuation of discrimination, inferior
treatment and low wages for blacks in that country.
The Universiy of Michigan recently joined other Mobil Oil
Company stockholders in voting against a similar resolution which
would have banned Mobil's investment in white-ruled Rhodesia.- 4 .
That resolution was submitted by the United Church Board of
Ministries, a group with goals similar to those of the Interfaith
Center. It gathered less than three per cent of stockholders' votes.
Although SCRIP is not directly related to the Interfaith Coun-
cil, a member of the Council may represent the students at to-
day's stockholders meeting. SCRIP will present a statement dur-
ing the meeting listing their grievances and demands for changes ..
in Ford's South *Africa policy.
STANFORD student protests over their university's position on
Ford's participation led to the arrest of 294 students Tuesday.
Nearly 500 students organized by SCRIP gathered in Stanford's
(ld Student Union for a sit-ins until Santa Clara County Cheriff'' -
officers initiated the arrests.
There were no reports of violence as police bussed the arres ted
students assay. "They'd come in, tap you on the shoulder and say y.... ...
'you're under arrest.' You'd go quietly," Nick Nyhart, a SCRIP
spokesman said in a telephone interview yesterday. AP Photo
"IT DIDN'T happen out of radical spring fever," Nyhart said A STANFORD University demonstrator is carried to a bus for the ride to jail, joining 294 stu-
of the number of students who participated in the various rallies, dents arrested for protesting South African Apartheid. This demonstration was part of the con-
See STANFORD, Page 3 tinuing non-violent protest against Ford Motor Company expansion of its services to South Africa.
U.S. may an fluorocarbons

Locals favor ban
Although reaction around the University toward yester-
day's ban on fluorocarbons was generally favorable, many
experts questioned its effectiveness.
Professor James Crowfoot of the School of Natural Re-
sources was pleased about the announced ban. "My feeling
is, given the impact of flurorocarbons on the atmosphere the
program is overdue. My question is: is it enough, soon enough?
With the effects scientists are announcing these flurocarbons
have on the ozone, I wonder if this ban will be enough."
PROFESSOR RICHARD Andrews, also of the Natural Re-
sources school echoed this. "Most of us can go back without
great strain to roll on deodorant," he joked.
On a more serious note he-,added, "The ban is probably
a good thing. The evidence indicates we shouldn't throw the
stuff into the atmosphere. How much difference the ban
will make is another thing. I question if it includes the freon
used in refrigeration units as well as in aerosol cans.
"There is the problem of other countries following suit,"
he continued. "In a worldwide question such as this, the
United States is setting a good example"
STUDENTS REGISTERED surprise and approval of the
announcement. .'That's amazing. It increases my confidence
in society to know that action can be taken against harmful
products," said Sharon Mills,
See LOCALS, Page 19

WASHINGTONIN ") - Virtually all fluorocarbon
aerosol sprays will disappear from the American
market in less than two years if a ban proposed
by the government yesterday becomes law.
Three federal agencies, in an unprecedented
joint announcement, said the ban is necessary
because the fluorocarbons can damage the
earth's ozone layer, which protects life on earth
from the potentially skin cancer - causing ultra-
violet rays of the sun.
THE COUNCIL on Atmospheric Sciences, an
industry group, said the mandatory phaseout pro-
posal would require study, but a spokesman de-
nied the ban would save consumers money as the
government claimed.
If put into effect, the ban would eliminate near-
ly 700 million pressurized containers used in
spraying deodorants, pesticides, hair sprays, air
fresheners and various household cleaners, ac-
cording to industry figures.
However, it does not mean aerosols would no
longer be available. The industry group said
fluorocarbon use in aerosols has been declining
in recent-years and estimated less than 30 per
cent of the 2.3 billion aerosols produced in 1976
were cowered by fltorocarbons.
JOHNSON WAX, for example, announced last
year that it had eliminated fluorocarbons from
all of its aerosol products, including furniture
polishes, insecticides and repellants and numer-
ous household cleaners. Most spray paints now
use hydrocarbons for propellants:

The proposed regulations issued yesterday will
be subject to public bearings and comment for
the next 60 days. A decision on whether to go
ahead with the ban will be made after the com-
ment period ends.
A handful of products classified as essential
would be exempted from the ban, including con-
traceptive vaginal foams, inhalers used by asth-
ma sufferers, cytology fixatives used in cancer
diagnosis, a mine safety warning device, ejec-
tors used to remove plastics from molds and fly-
ing insect sprays used on airplanes and in com-
mercial food handling areas.
GOVERNMENT spokesmen said the exempt
products make up only 2 or 3 per cent of the
Some oroducts, such as aerosol foghorns used
on boats, aren't affected because the cans con-
tain only fluorocarbon gas, and the regulations
only cover products in which the gas is used
to oron'l something else out of the container,
, The three government agencies that joined to
anownce the pronosal are the Food and Drug
Administration, Environmental Protection Agen-
cv and onsoomer Products Safety Commission.
FDA COMMISSIONER Donald Kennedy, whose
agency regulates about 85 per cent of the affect-
ed products, told a news conference the ozone
depletion theory that led to Wednesday's action
has been confirmed but that scientists still don't
know just how serious the problem is.

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