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The Michigan Daily- Friday, February 4, 1983- Page 6
Ruling may open up EPA files

From UPI and AP
WASHINGTON - A federal judge
yesterday threw out a Reagan ad-
ministration lawsuit that had attem-
pted to block the contempt-of Congress
prosecution of EPA Administator Anne
The ruling by U.S. District Judge
John Smith was a major victory for
congressional leaders in their battle
with the administration for access to
secret Environmental Protection
Agency files involving companies
suspected of illegally dumping hazar-
dous wastes.
THE HOUSE voted in December, 259
to 105, to cite the EPA administrator for
contempt after she refused to give sen-
sitive law enforcement documents on
hazardous waste dumps to a House
subcommittee. Just after the vote, the
Justice Department files its first suit
ever against the Congress, naming the
House, Speaker Thomas O'Neill, com-

mittee chairmen and the chamber's of-
ficers as defendants.
Smith ruled in favor of the Congress
two days after oral argument on the
House's motion to dismiss the lawsuit.
The difficulties apparent in
prosecuting Administrator Gorsuch for
contempt of Congress should encourage
the two branches to settle their dif-
ferences without further judicial in-
volvement," Judge Smith said in a
seven-page explanation of his order
dismissing the suit. "Compromise and
cooperation, rather than confrontation,
should be the aim of the parties," he
REP. ELLIOTT Levitas (D-Ga.),
whose public works subcommittee
originally demanded the confidential
documents, said he was delighted by
the ruling. "Now that the court has
brushed aside this frivolous lawsuit,
hopefully wiser heads will prevail in the

administration," hesaid.
SMITH SAID in his ruling that if a
criminal proceeding is initiated, Gor-
such could renew her claims that the
subpoena by a House Public Works and
Transportation subcommittee was
illegal and that she had the right to
raise executive privilege in refusing to
hand over'the records.
Gorsuch is the highest executive-
branch official to ever be cited for con-
tempt of Congress. Normally, the U.S.
attorney in Washington, Stanley
Harris, would be obligated to present
the case to a federal grand jury.
House speaker O'Neill said he
expects the U.S. attorney now will
do "what Judge Smith noted he is
required to do under the law, namely
bring this matter before the grand
jury." The speaker said Congress must
have the disputed EPA documents "to
guarantee the health and safety of
the American people."



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DETROIT (UPI) - A federal grand
jury late yesterday indicted the direc-
tor of the Detroit Water and Sewage
Department and five other persons -
charging conspiracy to hide ownership
of city sludge hauling contractors.
Water department director Charles
Beckham, 35, was charged in the 14-
count indictment with taking $2,000 a
month to conceal his knowledge of the
hidden ownership. The indictment said
he violated Michigan bribery laws and
the Federal Extortion Statute "by ac-
cepting money under color of official
Indictments had been anticipated for
some time.
THE WATER AND sewage depar-
tment is under direct supervision of
Mayor Coleman Young, who was
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administrator of the mismanaged
department in 1979.
Darralyn Bowers, 40, a personal
friend of Young's and political cam-
paign supporter, was also indicted
along with Michael Ferrantino, 54; Sam
Cusenza, 48; and Joseph Valentini, 60,
and Bloomfield Hills attorney Charles
Carson, 44, for "defrauding the people
of the city of Detroit." The indictment
said defendants operate a series of
businesses including Visa Disposal
Inc., Michigan Disposal Inc., and
Wolverine Disposal Inc. and Wolverine
Disposal Detroit.
U.S. Attorney Leonard Gillman said
the six were involved in a "pattern of
racketeering activity" and that the con-
tracts between the city and the sludge
haulers violated conflict of interest
provisions of the city charter.
THE CONTRACTS were made to
haul away sludge cake from the city
water filtering department.
Robert Berg, a spokesman for Young,
said the mayor would not comment on
the indictments until he had a chance to
review the jury's accusations. Young
had declined on constitutional grounds
to respond to a subpoena to appear
before the grand jury.
Earlier, however, Young said in an
interview with the Washington Post, "I
don't think for a minute that I'm not a
target. I don't know who will be indicted
and who won't. There are rumors every
week. But there are no official
statements about who is a target and
who is not ...
Owens was held out to be the owner of
the company, when in fact it was owned
by Bowers.
Although the fact the city had two
white-owned sludge hauling companies,
Young decided in 1980 the city needed a
backup firm.
The mayor's office proposed to hire a
minority firm - Vista Disposal, but the
city council refused because of
questions of who owned the company.
But Young used his executive powers to
bypass the council and approve a $6-
million contract for Vista.
Possibly because of complaints from
other contractors a federal in-
vestigation was begun in 1980. Young
said the investigation was based on
racial and political motives.

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some of the advances made in the last
several years.
Those improvements were possible
.because of pressdre investors put on
companies operating in South Africa,
who in turn can force changes in the
nation's human rights policies, he said.
"Some have argued that (divest-
ment) would foment revolution and that
revolution is necessary, some have
argued that it would force changes," he
said, "I ask how. If the companies in
South Africa are gone then the threat of
them leaving is gone."
ROACH'S statements reflect a policy
called the Sullivan Principles, which
the University has based its South
African investment policies on fdr the
last seveial years.
The Sullivan principles, written by a

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
Len Suransky (above), coordinator of the University's Committee on
Southern Africa, speaks for divestment at last night's forum on the Univer-
sity and Southern Africa held at the Campus Chapel.
Divestment debated


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Ford Corporation executive, say that
companies operating in South Africa
can be a.powerful force in South African
reforms. By keeping investments in
those companies The University retains
some leverage over them to force
changes University officials say. 4
"Which is really more effective?"
Roach asked, "Michigan state divested
- a symbolic gesture - (but) how
much has changed? Keeping the stock
lets us influence corporate decisions."
Michigan State recently pulled all of
its investments out of corporations
operating in South Africa.
"Is it going to work? I don't know,"
Roach said. "But I hope so because the
alternative of a violent, bloody war is
something I hope we never take part in

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tant for them to be able to look forward
to something. We try to make life more
livable for them," she said.
DeGroat, who is project coordinator
for the Maxey Boys Training School
Program agreed: "We give them a lit-
tle hope. A little normalcy. We let
them know they have a chance to do
other things."
VOLUNTEERS also benefit from the
program, according to Edgren, who
explained that many students have
misconceptions about prison life. "Just
because someone has committed a
crime doesn't' mean they're not a
human being," she said.
By participating in the program,
students also learn to deal with respon-
sibility, DeGroat added. "You sudden-
ly realize that you can't slack off. For
us, it's a class once a week. For them,

it's something they look forward to,"
she said.
Project Coordinator Becky Guzman,
who graduated from the University last
year, said she learned through Inmate
Project that prison isn't the answer for
all criminals.
"I learned that you can't believe
everything you read and hear about
prisons," she said. "I learned that
something has to be done to improve
prisons. I don't go around screaming
that prisons should be torn down;
because a lot of people can't function in
society. But for a lot of people, prison is
not the answer."
More students should participate idi
programs like Inmate Project, Guzman
said. "Experimental learning should
be mandatory. Theory is important,
but you need to be able to apply it," she
"I don't think anyone forgets their
experience here (with Inmate
Project)," Guzman said. "It can't be
anything but a good experience."


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