Page 2 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 16, 1985
Demonstrators push for toxic clean-up
By LAURA GLADHILL
About 50 University students and
local residents rallied in front of the
Fbderal Building on Liberty Street
Saturday afternoon as part of a
national campaign to garner support
for the clean-up of toxic waste sites.
r"Superdrive for Superfund," a
coast-to-coast truck tour organized by
the National Campaign Against Toxic
hazards made its way to Ann Arbor to
lobby for renewal of the federal
"$uperfund" legislation that has
allocated $1.6 billion for the clean-up
of hazardous waste dumps across the
country since 1980. Superfund backers
want to renew the bill, which will ex-
pire Oct. 1, and increase funding to
$10.1 billion by 1995.
oTHE TRUCK tour stopped here and
i other cities where toxic waste sites
at-e located. Brad Karkkainen, who
drove the "Superdrive" pick-up
truck, collected a soil sample from a
local toxic waste dump, just as he has
done at other stops along the tour.
After pulling on white surgical
gloves, state Sen. Lana Pollock (D-
Ann Arbor) and Elizabeth Hugg of the
Citizens for Salem Against Toxic
Dumpsites placed a jar of con-
taminated Aoil from the Holloway
landfill in Salem Township into a
barrel in Karkkainen's truck.
According to statistics compiled by
the Environmental Protection Agen-
cy, the Holloway landfill is one of 32
waste sites in Washtenaw County. Six
are located in Ann Arbor. But none of
the sites are on the EPA's National
Priority List for clean-up, and none
pose health risks, according to in-
vestigators from the state Depar-
tment of Natural Resources.
SOME representatives from local
environmental groups that sponsored
Saturday's event, however say a few
of the waste dumps in the area are
Andy Buchsbaum, a member of
PIRGIM, said, for example, that the
state has detected surface water con-
tamination at the Braun-Charles
Warehouse in Ann Arbor.
The detection hasn't placed the site
on the state's list for closer in-
vestigation, but Buchsbaum said that
contamination of surface water, along
with groundwater and soil, could
threaten human health.
"THERE IS definitely a threat to
environment," he said, "the question
is, is there a threat to human life?"
He and other speakers called upon
the community to become more in-
volved in the issue. Pollack urged the
crowd to support the "Right to Know"
bill, scheduled for introduction in the
state legislature later this fall. The
bill would improve public access to in-
formation about hazardous waste
sites in Michigan.
Merri Lou Murray, chair of the
county board of commissioners, spoke
about a similar bill before the board
that would require businesses in the
area to notify the county health depar-
tment about their use of certain
hazardous substances. That infor-
mation would then be available to the
public, she said.
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Hector Garza, executive director of the Michigan Commission on Spanish
Speaking Affairs urges those at a reception last night to recognize and
remember the contributions by Hispanics to society. The reception
kicked off Hispanic HeritageWeek.
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LSA sophomore Edgar Vasquez
commented on the treatment of
Hispanic students at the university.
"The treatment itself is not bad," he
said. "There is however a lack of con-
sideration to Hispanics. They way
people act sometimetimes offends one
person, but not another, it's natural."
Hispanic students accounted for 1.5
percent of the student popualtion at
the University for the 1983-84
academic year, a figure which in-
creased to 1.7 percent for 1984-85.
Because of the growing population,
Garza made a pleatto students to put a
closure on the past 10 years which he
called the "Decase of Formation."
"We need to strengthen our
coalitions in order to operate," he
said. "We are soon to become the
largest minority group in the nation.
The next 10 years for us must be a
'Decade of Advancement'."
Garza also urged students to join in-
ternship programs on his commission
and asked teachers to take sabbatical
and spend some time doing research
with the commission." The Hispanic
community lacks good data. Resear-
ch must be done in order to move in
new directions," he said.
Dr. John Chavez, Director of Lan-
tino Studies, also speaking at the
reception, announced the approval of
a plan that would enable students to
make Hispanic Studies a major." The
plan was approved last May but we
couldn't do anything with it until
now." Chavez attributed the approval
of the plan to a growing interest in
"Last year we only had four classes
in Hispanic Studies. With the approval
of the plan there are seven this year.
We anticipate Hispanic enrollment to
go up even further and will offer ten
classes next year."
Chavez, however, did say there was
a problem finding teachers to teach
One student who is interested in
Hispanic affairs is freshman, Angie
Cahue. Cahue attended the meeting to
find out about the programs the
University has to offer. "I want to
avoid discrimination by learning
more about it. There are steps we can
take and being informed helps."
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Train spills toxins
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A freight train derailed on a trestle, rupturing
26 of its tankers and spilling up to 300,000 gallons of sulfuric acid into a
river, killing fish and forcing the evacuation of about 300 people, officials
There were no serious injuries and no danger to water supplies in the
Saturday night accident, authorities said.
Several people who complained of skin irritation from the acid's fumes
were treated by emergency medical workers, said Bexar County sheriff's
Sgt. Ray Gerlach.
The evacuations were ordered within one mile of the accident on the
Medina River south of San Antonio, said Carl Mixon, Bexar County fire
marshal. A nearby school was opened for evacuees who had no place to
As much as 300,000 gallons of sulfuric acid, which is toxic and highly
corrosive, spilled into the river, he said.
Walesa joins in Mass
CZESTOCHOWA, Poland - Lech Walesa joined more than 50,000 wor-
shipers in calling for the restoration of Solidarity at an outdoor Mass, the
largest public display of support for .the outlawed free trade union
movement in nearly a year.
The Mass at the Jasna Gora monastery in this shrine city about 130
miles south of Warsaw capped a two-day workers' pilgrimage that drew
Solidarity supporters from throughout Poland.
It was the biggest show of strength for Solidarity since November,
when more than 250,000 people attended the Warsaw funeral of the Rev.
Jerzy Popieluszko, a pro-Solidarity priest murdered by three secret
"I knew there were a lot of us, but I didn't know there were so many,"
an ebullient Walesa said Sunday as he looked down from the monastery's
parapets at the huge crowd in an adjacent field.
Tutu calls for strike
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Black and white clergymen called
on South Africans yesterday to strike for one day in October to protest the
government's racial segregation policies and a state of emergency that
entered its ninth week.
The illegal call, made in a quarter-page advertisement in Johan-
nesburg's Sunday newspapers, came as police said in a routine report on
overnight racial violence that officers fired shotguns, wounding three
men, when blacks attacked a police patrol.
Seven rioters were arrested in other incidents of arson and stone-
throwing nationwide, police said.
The advertisement was signed by 13 church leaders, including
Desmond Tutu, the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner and the Anglican
bishop of Johannesburg. Others signing it included Anglican Archbishop
Philip Russell of Cape Town and Methodist Church leader Peter Storey,
both of whom are white.
Unmarried couples tripled
since 1970 -
WASHINGTON - The number of unmarried couples living together
has more than tripled since 1970, climbing to nearly 2 million as young
Americans continue to postpone marriage, the Census Bureau reported
There were 1,988,000 unmarried couple households as of March 1984, the
Census Bureau said in a study of Marital Status and Living Arrangemen-
The report also found that young people are postponing marriage, with
median age at tying the knot higher than of any time since the turn of the
And it noted that just since the 1980 census, young people have shown
less inclination to set up housekeeping on their own, with those not
married or cohabiting more often remaining with their parents.
"A number of factors may be contributing to the change in the living
arrangements of young men and women, including the postponement of
marriage, rise in divorce, emphasis on advanced education, employment
problems and high housing costs," the report said.
Inmate rise reported
WASHINGTON - The roster of federal and state prisoners stretched to
nearly a half-million names by June 30, a record number of inmates that
left many institutions badly overcrowded, the government reported
Steven R. Schlesinger, director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics, said
that "although prison overcrowding is a problem in many areas of the
country, incarcerated offenders are at least temporarily unable to vic-
timize the public."
The statistics-gathering arm of the Justice Department said in its
report that the nation's state and federal prison population grew by 5.6
percent during the first six months of 1985, to a record 490,041 inmates.
The increase in the number of inmates during the first half of the year
- 26,183 prisoners - nearly equaled the total increase for all of 1984.
"Possible explanations for this record increase include a reduction in
inmates released early from prison, greater use of mandatory sentencing
laws and tougher sentencing practices by judges," Schlesinger said in a
statement with the statistical report.
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