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Page 6-Saturday, May 13, 1978-The Michigan Daily
14 eaneer deaths investigated
PALISADES PARK, N.J. (AP) - were spaced, was compiled after a industrial site near U.S. 46. A chemical He said the local health board would
Leaders of this community - six miles door-to-door survey of one neigh- plant operates in the neighboring meet with state epidemiologists to
from Rutherford where an unusual borhood in this community of 13,000. borough of Ridgefield. determine if the committee's report
cluster of cancer cases was found - The environmental group said it can be verified.
yesterday said they are investigating a SPOKESPERSONS FOR the study found that leukemia, Hodgkins disease Compared to the Rutherford ex-
report that 14 residents in a five-block group could not be reached for com- and multiple myeloma each claimed perience, residents in the area where
area died of cancer within recent years. ment. the lives of two present or former the Palisades Park cluster is said to
"The local Board of Health will work The state Department of Health last residents. The other eight died of a exist seemed to take the report in
at full speed to complete a total in- month confirmed the existence of 32 variety of malignancies, including stride. Several residents said they
vestigation," Mayor Robert Pallotta cases of leukemia and related blood brain and bone cancer, believed the private environmental
said. State officials also have been cancers in nearby Rutherford, a The National Cancer Institute reports committee may have been swayed by
asked to examine the report. borough of 20,000. Air, soil and water that for every 100,000 individuals, an the confirmed cluster in Rutherford,
samples taken from the vicinity of the average of 3.7 die of multiple myeloma but they said the allegations should be
THE 14 CANCER deaths were repor- Pierrepont Elementary School, where and 9.1 of leukemia. checked out.
ted by the Palisades Park Environmen- the Rutherford cluster was centered, "I feel it should be investigated, and
tal Action Committee, a private study failed to reveal the presence of benzene "I DON'T WANT to create a state of something should be done," said Bar-
group. or other chemicals known to cause can- alarm in Palisades Park," Pallotta bara Testino. "I lived in West New
"The Rutherford cluster led us to look cer. The tests are continuing. said. "I'm concerned, of course, but I York and Palisades Park all my life.
into our own area," the committee's Like Rutherford, Palisades Park is a think we should face this levelly. We What scares me even more is that my
report said. "We have collected the tree-lined, largely residential com- need to look at the problem." children are exposed."

names and addresses of our own cluster
of cancer victims in the area ... We
are only touching the tip of the
iceberg."
The report, which did not disclose the
names, ages or addresses of victims or
say over how long a period the deaths

munity located in Bergen County
across the Hudson River from New
York City in heavily industrialized Nor-
th Jersey.
THE COMMUNITY'S only heavy in-
dustry is a coffee roasting plant on an

U.S. lm11its foreign aid
WASHINGTON (UPI) - The House bodia, Vietnam and Uganda. That ban
voted yesterday to bar U.S. foreign aid extends to U.S. payments to the United
to Cuba, Cambodia, Vietnam and Nations that could be used for
Uganda, but rejected a proposal to stop humanitarian and educational
the export of subsidized tobacco. programs in those countries.
The votes cleared two of the most It also rejected, 189-126, a proposed
emotional issues ina $3.7 billion foreign amendment by Rep. James Johnson,
aid bill. (R-Colo.), that would have halted sub-
sidized sales of Ameridan tobacco
MEMBERS GAVE voice-vote ap- abroad in the Food for Peace program.
proval to a proposal by Rep. John Ash- Johnson argued unsuccessfully that
brook, (R-Ohio,) to ban both direct and the tobacco sales make Food for Peace
indirect U.S. foreign aid to Cuba, Cam- a "poison program."
Carter reduces
tax cut proposal

(Continued from Page 1)
billion." The president's budget plan,
now being revised in Congress, had
projected a deficit of $58 billion.
He said that even with smaller tax
cuts, the overall outlook for economic
growth this year still should be in the 4
to 4.5 percent range. Schultze said the
administration expects to reach its
overall target of reducing unem-
ployment to near 6 percent, a level
achieved in April.
Both the House and Senate, in their
preliminary work on the fiscal 1979
target budget, already have approved
making room for a $19.4 billion tax
reduction.
However, the Senate wanted the cuts
to start Jan. 1, 1979, while the House
voted for Oct. 1, 1978.
SCHULTZE SAID Carter had
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After being frozen in a time
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confused. "I haven't seen my an-
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KEATON in Allen's fourth film.
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(FREE at 7:30)
CINEMA GUILD
Old Arch. Aud.
Tonight 7:30 & 9:30
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discussed the inflation problem with G.
William Miller, the recently installed
chairman of the Federal Reserve
Board, who applauded the revised tax
plan.
The House had designated about $7.5
billion of the $19.4 billion tax reduction
it approved to scale down the increase
in Social Security taxes scheduled to
take effect next year.
Although the House Ways and Means
Committee voted Thursday to roll back
Social Security tax increases in 1979
and 1980, it is too early to forecast the
final shape of the expected tax relief
package.
Carter's decision to lower the tax cut
was made Thursday after he met with
congressional leaders, including House
Speaker Thomas O'Neill.
THE PRESIDENT'S retreat on the
tax package marked the second such
turnabout for Carter in two years. Last
year he withdrew his proposal for a $50
tax rebate for every American, saying
it was no longer needed because of an
improved economy.
Rep. Al Ullman (D-Ore.), chairman
of the House Ways and Means Commit-
tee, praised the White House announ-
cement. But Ullman said he still thinks
the tax cut should not be more than
about $15 billion.
However, Rep. Barber Conable of
New York, the senior Republican on the
committee, who has led efforts for a tax
reduction even greater than Carter's
original proposal, said he would con-
tinue to do so.
Ullman said he does not know when
the committee will go back to work on a
ta bill; but that-he plans to discuss it
f a. ".. .V . ; Y

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