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The Michigan Daily-Friday, April 15, 1983- Page 10
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Toxic cleanup needs state funds, Reps. say


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LANSING (UPI) - Michigan needs
to quickly put up its required financial
share toward the cleanup of 46 toxic
waste sites to assure that the state can
make the most of federal Superfund
dollars, two Republican lawmakers
said yesterday.
The state needs to spend about $5.5
million over the next three years for
planning work and estimated $50
million for actual cleanup to qualify for
matching federal money, Rep. Paul
Hillegonds and Gary Randall said.
THE TWO said a report by House
staff showed Michigan could grab as
much as $150 million from the $.6 billion
federal account over the next 10 to 151
"The whole message is we know
we're ahead in identifying sites," said
Hillegonds, R-Holland. "Once we get a
project on the list, in the mill, there is a
In order for Michigan to assure itself
funding for the 46 of its toxic problems
on the 418-site Superfund list, the state
must quickly come up with its share of
money for preliminary planning and
engineering work, the lawmakers said.
BUDGETING that money will
guarantee that the state will receive
Superfund help - generally on a 90 per-
cent federal funds, 10 percent state fun-
ds basis - for complete work on its sites,
they said.
Delays could mean that other states
which are ready with their share of the
Regents vo
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by any public institution in the nation.
Although the measure passed with only
two dissenting votes, most of the
Regents were dissatisified with the
resolution they approved. It appeared
to be a compromise pounded out during
a lengthy meeting held Wednesday
night at President Harold Shapiro's
REGENTS Gerald Dunn (D-Garden
City), Nellie Varner (D-Detroit), and
James Waters (D-Muskegon) said they
wanted the University to completely
divest of its stocks in the firms.
"I support the resolution not because
it is what I wanted," said Varner. "I
wanted total divestment. I am per-
sonally unable to make a distinction
between (Michigan-based and out-of-
state firms) . . .They are all in South
Africa to make profits at the expense of
the human situation ... (but) at this time
(the resolution) is the most definitive
statement the Regents will make."
Dunn said the resolution was as close
to his goals as possible given the cir-
cumstances, but he made it clear he
was not completely satisfied with the

AP Photo
Rep. Gary Randall, (R-Elwell) (left), and State Rep. Paul Hillegonds (R-Holland), said yesterday in Lansing that Michigan
must put up some money before it can get federal help for the cleanup of toxic waste sites.

cost for initial work could "bump"
Michigan sites from the Superfund list
even though the state has the second
largest number of contaminated
locations on the national roster, accor-
ding to Hillegonds and Randall.
Randall, an Elwell Republican whose
district includes the Gratiot County
Landfill and Velsicol Chemical Co. site,
said an estimated $4.1 million in money
leftover from the $13.5 million the com-

pany paid the state in a PBB-
contamination settlement could be used
as seed money for other cleanup projec-
HILLEGONDS noted that the Super-
fund law allows the collection of
damages amounting to three times the
cost of cleanup when a firm or person is
found responsible for contamination.
The two said their first effort will be
to approve $460,000 during the up-

coming 1983-84 fiscal year to attract
$2.63 million in federal money. That
would be followed by appropriations of:
$1.63 million and $3.56 million in sub-
sequent years which would generate
about $24 million more in federal funds.
An estimated 64 new jobs would be
created within the Department of
Natural Resources over three years to
deal with Superfund sites.

ate for 90 percent divestment

"IT IS NOT the resolution I would
have preferred, but in government you
have to have a majority," he said. "So
in the spirit of compromise I put forth
this resolution."
Regent Robert Nederlander (D-
Detroit), who backed the measure,
pushed hardest for retaining stocks in
Michigan firms, or firms that employ
substantial numbers of Michigan
"IT IS OUR obligation to support
Michigan business," he said. "There
are enormous numbers of people out of
work in this state."
Regent Deane Baker (R-Ann Arbor),
who voted against the resolution, war-
ned that the action could sour some of
the University's ties with large state
firms like Dow Chemical, General
Motors, Ford Motor Company, and
"What the Regents are saying to
business is that you are immoral and
unable to act appropriately in South
Africa," he said. "Many of those com-
panies have supported the University

Petosky) voted for the measure, but
said he would rather have the Univer-
sity retain its investments and, with the
help of other stockholders, pressure the
companies to move their operations out
of South Africa.
Regent Thomas Roach (D-Saline),
who opposed the resolution along with
Baker, said that U.S. companies -
operating under a set of anti-apartheid
guidelines called the Sullivan principles
- were forcing more social and
political change than divestment could.
Before the Regents passed the
resolution they listened to two hours of
public comments on the issue, including
a 1977 taped speech by the late black
South Africa leader Steve Biko.
Every one of the 18 speakers urged
the Regents to divest completely.
"THIS UNIVERSITY has an immen-
se reputation," history Prof. John
Broomfield told the Regents. "That
reputation will be badly damaged if it
keeps its stock (in these companies).
Compromise with (the South African)
regime is impossible. It is a fascist
regime. There is no middle ground
... We must take a moral stand on
University alumnus David Dwyer
said that "investments in these com-
panies do support the white regime in
South Africa."
"I beg you (the Regents) not to allow
this great University to take deliberate
actions to support apartheid in South

Africa," he said.
AFTER THE vote, Baker proposed:
the University challenge a state laiw
requiring the University to divest...
Baker said the law was an uncon-
stitutional infringement on the Univer-
sity's independence from the state.
He said the divestment law would set
a dangerous precedent 'for the state
legislature to encroach on University"
decision-making. The resolution passed
Regents Waters, Varner, and Dunn;
who favored complete divestment, all
opposed Baker's proposal to take the
state to court.
Waters said he does not think the law
"infringes on the autonomy of the
University and, if it does, then only
"If we really want to challenge (the
precedent) let's do it at a later date, on
another issue," he said.
Although the University will sell
about 90 percent of its stocks in com-
panies, divestment proponents say that
their 7-year-long fight with the Univer-
sity will continue until all the bonds, as
well as the rest of the stocks, are sold.
"It's a compromise and like all com-
promises it is .-uncomfortable," said
Leonard Suransky, who is a member of-.
the Washtenaw County Committee
Against Apartheid. "We will be back
again and we will stay here until we get
complete divestment or until we think
there is a better way to go."


Gandhi director to attend
all-white movie premiere.,

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LONDON (AP) - Some followers of
Mohandas Gandhi said yesterday they
were "horrified" by Sir Richard Atten-
borough's plan to attend a whites-only
South African premiere of the film
"Gandhi." They charged the director
was violating the spirit of Gandhi's
fight against racial segregation.
In South Africa, where Gandhi began
experimenting with passive resistance,
an Indian grout dedicated to his
memory said it had a print of the film
and would show it in Lenasia, an Indian
township, one day before the opening in
Johannesburg next Thursday.,
ATTENBOROUGH defended his
position during a news conference here
saying the only way to bring Gandhi's
message of human dignity and non-
violence to South Africa was to go along
with its strict apartheid, or
segregation, laws.
He said he was "absolutely certain"
Gandhi would have wanted people to
see the film, which netted eight Oscars
this week, including best film and best
director for Attenborough.
"Gandhi" premiers in Johannesburg
at a whites-only benefit for a cancer

association April 21, at a second
segregated benefit in Pretoria, and at a
multi-racial showing in the city of Dur-
ban. There will be a showing in the
black township of Soweto the next day.
"ALTHOUGH I will be going to the
premiere for a white audience, I have,
also been granted a permit to go to
Soweto for the premiere for a black
audience and I will be attending that as
,well," Attenborough said..
Under South African law, blacks, In-
dians, other Asians and people of mixed
race are banned -from white movie
theaters. Organizers of benefits may
apply for special permits for a mixed
In Johannesburg, South African
Cancer Association National Secretary
John Delport said he was surprised to
learn the premiere was to be whites-
only but when he tried to take action,.
the 864 tickets to the $8-a-seat premiere
were already sold out.
"IF WE HADN'T already sold out I
would have fallen over backwards to get;
that exemption," Delport said.
Attenborough said he was not infor-
med of the possibility of a special per-
mit until it was too late, but added; "I
think it's a bit sick that in order to show
the film to a mixed audience, you have
to apply to have a black man sitting
next to a white man... So even if I had.
known, I don't think I would have been
in favor."
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