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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 30, 1980-- Page 5

From AP and UPI , many areas-is seriously threatened by
WASHINGTON-Saying much of overuse, indiscriminate dumping of
the nation's drinking water may be im- hazardous wastes, improper disposal in
periled by chemical contamination, a unlined pits, ponds, and lagoons and the
House subcommittee yesterday iden- use of toxic degreasing agents in septic
tified some 250 sites across the nation tanks," the report said.
where hazardous chemicals could be REP. TOBY MOFFETT (D-Conn.),
seeping into groundwater. chairman of the subcommittee, said
The contamination threat is growing that if the chemicals were indeed
at a time when "America is becoming seeping into the groundwater "it would
increasingly dependent on ground pose a very serious problem. Some of
water," said the report by a House these contamination problems come
Government Operations subcommittee.
"Toxic chemical contamination of
groundwater supplies in several areas
of the country has reached alarming
proportions," the report said.
THERE WERE MORE than 300 in-
cidents of public or private water sup-
plies being contaminated last year, and
"the situation has become critical in
several states, most notably those
where industrialization has been the
On New York's Long Island, where
the entire population depends on
groundwater, 36 public water supplies
hAve been closed and the water supplies
for nearly two million residents have
been affected, the subcommittee said.
Over 200 California wells have been
contaminated, the panel noted, and 100
drinking weater wells in Jackson
Township, N.J., have been closed
because of contamination from a local
"Clean groundwater-still bountiful int
- --
-ns race
SPEAKING AT THE news conferen- T ET .
ce, the minister said he believed there
was no reason to doubt Iranian
assurances that the hostages are
unharmed, as no reprisals were made W ED .
following the unsuccessful rescue at- OCT. 1
tempt. Coffin expressed dissatisfaction
with the Carter administration's efforts
to secure the release of the hostages.
Coffin acknowledged the seizure of theO .
American Embassy was wrong, but
added that the U.S. support of the
regime of the former shah was "equally
wrong" in that it "brought untold FRI. & SAT.
misery" to the Iranians. OCT. 3 & 4
.,The U.S. should maintain a policy of
restraint, Coffin said, adding that the
U.S. also should examine its role in the C HUF
support of the shah's regime, and
should return Iranian assets.

ter imperiled

close to being irreversible."
Groundwater-the vast underground
reservoirs of water that are tapped by
wells-is used by an estimated 100
million Americans. Some 30 trillon
gallons are drawn from the earth each
year, the subcommittee said, with the
underground acquifers refilled from
rainfall seeping into the earth.
For years, people have assumed the
earth would filter the rainwater and
keep underground supplies pure.

Recent evidence suggests instead that
chemicals are seeping through the ear-
th, too, going a little deeper with each.
The subcommittee's listing was ob-
tained from the Environmental Protec-'
tion Agency, which said there are more
than 170,000 waste impoundments
located throughout the country, in-
cluding industrial, municipal,
agricultural, mining, oil and gas brine

Daily Photo by JIM KR
WILLIAM SLOANE COFFIN, a Presbyterian minister and social activist,
speaks at a press conference yesterday afternoon. Coffin spoke before ap-
proximately, 275 people at Rackham Auditorium last night on ."Disar-
mament, the Hostages, and the Campus."
Activist discusses a
(Continued from Page 1)
ing the sanctuary of his chapel to saddened when I hear professors bo
resisters of the war in Vietnam. of their ethical illiteracy." ,
"The academic world was a very in- The low level of student activism m
teresting world," Coffin said yesterday change, Coffin said, because none
afternoon at a news conference, in the problems that caused the origin
describing his New Haven days. "When unrest have been solved.
I was a part of it, there was much Coffin was active in civil rig]
student unrest." movements during the 1960s, and w
Following the discontinuation of the arrested in 1961 in Montgomery, A
military draft, and the onset of difficult for challenging segregationist bus a
economic times, student activism died restaurant laws. From 1950 to 1953,
down, he said. worked with the CIA in Germat
"I'M SORRY TO see the passion go training anti-Soviet Russians f
out of the campus," Coffin said. "I'm operation within the U.ยง.S.R.



U.S. bishops
papal birth
* control stand

Roman Catholic bishops say Catholics
who use , contraceptives cannot be
dismissed as "obdurate, ignorant"
people of bad will and have called on
the Vatican for "a completely honest
examination" of the birth control issue.
In an apparent challenge to the strict
position taken by the Vatican and Pope
- John-Pauli4;Arehbishop-Ahn Quinn-of
San Francisco said in a speech
delivered yesterday on behalf of the
U.S. National Conference of Catholic
Bishops, "A very large number of men
and women of good will do not accept
the church teaching on the intrinsic evil
of each and every use of contracep-
Quinn spoke to more than 200 Catholic
bishops from around the world.

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