THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, July 7, 1976
Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, July 7, 1976
ERDA to check safety of
nuclear waste disposal
LANSING (UPI) - State of-
ficials have received no formal
assurances they will have veto
power over the disposal of fed-
erally controlled nuclear wastes
However, the U.S. Energy Re-
search and Development Ad-
ministration (ERDA) has agreed
to complete an environmental
assessment of its plan to test
underground salt formations
near Aloena as a possible dis-
"ALTHOUGH the governor is
encouraged by recent press re-
ports regarding final approval
by the state, as of this date he
has re-eived no official response
from ERDA," William Taylor,
a top environmental aide to
Gov. William Milliken, said yes-
"We do understand that
ERDA is in the process of
preparing a response and are
hopeful that it is forthcoming in
the near future," Taylor said in
testimony before Michigan Reps.
Phillip Ruppe of Houghton, and
Robert Carr of East Lansing.
Roppe and Carr received
testimony from state and
federal officials, environmental
groups and citizens on the
nuclear waste disposal question
on behalf of the Energy and
Environment Subcommittee of
the House Interior and Insular
THE TESTIMONY was mark-
ed by several appeals for full
disclosre of all information on
the waste disposal plan before
any decision whether to go
ahead with tests at the Alpena
site is made.
Milliken has called for a full
environmental review of the
proposal, with ultimate state
veto power. Milliken aides said
they were informed last week
ERDA will complete an environ-
mental assessment before pro-
ceeding with test drilling.
It was disclosed late in May
that ERDA and the state De-
partment of Natural Resources
had discussed the test drilling
plan, designed to probe salt
formations under Alpena, Mont-
morency and Presque Isle
RUPPE said the drilling was
to take place in June, but it was
delayed by a storm of protest
from state officials. He accused
the federal agency of violating
its owo rules he said required
an environmental assessment
before drill plans are made.
In other testimony, State Rep.
Thomas J. Anderson (D-South-
gate) said state officials "have
not been given sufficient infor-
mation to make the decisions
that need to be made," while
Rep. H. Lynn Jondahl (D-East
Lansing) called for control over
waste disposal by the state
leg' lature as well asby Milli-
Senate Republican Leader
Robert W. Davis of Gaylord
said he believes tourists and
shoppers would stay away from
the Alpena area if a waste
disposal site were located near-
"THE FACT that talks pur-
suing the idea were held without
even notifying local officials,
let alone consulting them, is
verv frightening," Davis said.
Thomas L. Washington, ex-
eitive director of the Michigan
United Conservation Clubs, was
among those calling for de-
tailed information on the volume
and type of wgstes that might
be disposel in Michigan and
ways in which it would be trans-
ported and guarded.
Washington said the MUCC is
"skentical" whether ERDA can
guarantee the safety of a dis-
pos al site, but does not oppose
studies to determine the feas-
ibility of such a site in Michi-
"Most of us wish the problem
of radioactive wastes would just
go away, but of course it will
not," Washington said. "Michi-
gan has a responsibility to carry
our share of the total energy
budget in the United States."
U.S. court upholds
Red No. 2 dye ban
WASHINGTON JP) - The U.S. THE CONTROVERSY over
Court of Appeals on yesterday 'Red No. 2, which has raged off
upheld the federal ban on Red and on for 2 years, heated up
No. 2 dye, which until last again last year when an FDA
year was the nation's most scientist reported rats fed large
widely used artificial coloring amounts of the dye experienced
for foods, drugs, and cosmetics. a significant increase in can-
The three - judge panel up- cerous tumors.
held a U. S. District Court de- The FDA said that the scien-
cision of Feb. 6 that allowed tist's findings suggested Red
the Food and Drug Adminis- No. 2 might be a weak cancer-
tration to ban the coloring, causing agent.
"But the real reason for ban-
DYE manufacturers argued ning Red No. 2 was that there
that industry should be allow- was insufficient evidence to
ed to continue using Red No. 2 definitely prove its safety," an
until safety questions had been FDA spokesperson said. "The
resolved. In the absence of law requires positive proof of
proof that the dye definitely is safety and that was lacking."
harmful to humans, they said, McCONAHIE told the appeals
Red No. 2 could not legally be court that the artificial color
taken off the market until shown was used in hundreds of pro-
to be unsafe. ducts. Because it is not identi-
Justice Department attorney fied on labels, it is difficult for
Charles McConahie, represent- consumers to avoid the dye, he
ing FDA, argued, however, that continued.
the ban imposed in February Before the ban, Red No. 2 was
was legal and proper to protect used in products ranging from
public health because industry strawberry soda to vitamin pill
had not proven the dye safe. coatings. In 1975, 1.2 million
There was no immediate com- pounds of the dye were certified
ment from dye manufacturers. in the United States.
Kelley to testify i n
AIM murder tra
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a private army. Michael caine, Karl Malden, Francoise Dorleac,
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
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roles in THE MAN WHO wOULD BE KING and ROBIN AND
MARION. audiences should re-examine the old Bond films and
discover how good he was then. He's at his best in FROM
RUSSIA WITH LOVE. The secret weapons, karate fights and
one-liners, are just as enjoyable now as they were twelve years
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AUD. A ANGELL HALL
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (A) --
FBI director Clarence Kelley,
threatened with contempt of
court, will appear today at the
murder trial of two American
Indian Movement (AIM) mem-
bers, the FBI says.
The AIM members are ac-
cused of murdering two FBI
agents in a shootout on the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
in South Dakota last June.
KELLEY had been subpoen-
aed to appear yesterday at their
trial in federal court here. When
he did not show up, U. S. Dis-
trict Judge Edward McManus
ordered him to appear today to
show cause why he should not
be cited for contempt.
The FBI in Washington sub-
sequently issued a statement:
"Mr. Kelley will be out there
in court tomorrow. We have
no other comment."
An FBI spokesman refused to.
say why Kelley failed to appear
in court yesterday.
KELLEY has been called as
a defense witness in the trial
of Robert Robideau, 29, of Port-
land, Ore., and Darelle Butler,
34, Rogue River, Ore.
Defense attorney William
Kunstler said he wants to ques-
tion Kelley about what he said
were news leaks attempting to
link AIM with violent activities.
Kuntsler entered in evidence
news releases he said were air-
ed in Denver, contending they
are part of an FBI counterin-
telligence program to link AIM
The National Geographic
says inflation has struck the
heart of England's ruling "es-
tablishment." Eton College is
being forced to take in paying
guests to make ands meet.
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