The Michigan Daily - Thursday, March 23, 1989 - Page 3
Groups fight to clean
toxic waste sites
BY STEPHEN SCHWEIGER
WITH WIRE REPORTS
Two thousand toxic waste sites
in Michigan could be cleaned up
with money voters approved last fall
under the Environmental Cleanup
Bond, if a state program patterned
after the federal Superfund were to be
implemented, environmentalists said
The Comprehensive Cleanup Act,
proposed and supported by five
environmental groups, would give
the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources power to order polluters
to clean up their waste sites or pay
the state for the clean-up charge. The
new proposal will make those re-
sponsible for the waste pay, not the
State Attorney General Frank
Kelly will have the authority to re-
cover fines, damages, and clean-up
"Last November, voters sent a
mandate to Lansing with the passage
of the environmental bond. Through
the bond, taxpayers have made a
down payment on cleanup," said
Andrew Buchsbaum, program direc-
tor for the Public Interest Research
Group in Michigan, one of the pri-
mary groups authoring the bill.
"Now it's time for polluters to
pay their fair share to assure that all
the state's sites can be cleaned up,"
The proposed legislation would
require that the state's hazardous
waste sites to be cleaned up within
25 years, Buchsbaum said.
"Without a comprehensive pro-
gram, the trust that the voters have
placed in the governor and the legis-
lators will be violated. The voters
have made their commitment," said
David Stead, executive director of the
Michigan Environmental council.
Ann Hunt, director of Citizens for
Alternatives to Chemical Contami-
nation, said such a Superfund law
.would reward companies that obey
the state's environmental laws and
penalize those that don't.
Buchsbaum said the groups had
talked to several legislators about
sponsoring the measure. They also
planned to work with other legisla-
tors in the future when similar bills
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Man's false bomb threats may lead to jail,
BY STEPHEN SCHWEIGER
WITH WIRE REPORTS
A federal grand jury has indicted a
Michigan man accused of making a
bomb threat aboard an airliner and
forcing the jet to make an
unscheduled leanding in Indianapolis,
authorities said yesterday.
Antohny Pierson of Rochester
Hills was indicted on charges of
violating the false information and
threats statute, which carries a
maximum punishment of five years
in prison and a $250,000 fine, U.S.
was an awfully1
are awfully bad for a bad joke, but it
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Attorney Deborah Daniels said.
Pierson was aboard American
Trans Air Flight 309 en route from
Detroit to Cancun, Mexico on Feb.
25 when he allegedly told a flight
attendant that he was carrying
explosives in a piece of carry-on
"The penalties are awfully bad for
a joke, but it was an awfully bad
joke," said Adam Abensohn an LSA
sophomore who was on the flight
and sitting near Pierson.
When notified of the bomb threat,
the plane's captain requested an
emergency landing at Indianapolis
International Airport. It was later
revealed that the luggage contained a
video camera and no explosives.
LSA sophomore Steve Yaung,
who also seated neat Pierson, said,
"It [the penalties) seems a little
harsh, but law enforcement has to
take all measures to protect
passengers aboard airlines."
Pierson is free on bond and
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collar crimes, not poor economic
conditions or deregulation are the
root cause of the savings and loan
crisis, congressional auditors said
The General Accounting Office
told the House Judiciary committee's
criminal justice subcommittee that it
had examined 26 insolvent thrift in-
stitutions in eight states and found
evidence of fraud insider dealing in
While the survey was skewed to
S&Ls with the worst problems, the
26 represented 60 percent of total
losses sustained by the government's
insurance fund from 1985 through
1987, and the pattern of fraud and
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The Honduran economy is already
under pressure from an estimated
100,000 to 200,000 undocumented
Nicaraguan and Salvadoran refugees;
another 45,000 refugees are assisted
by the United Nations High
Commission for Refugees, according
to a brief issued by the U.S. State
"The growing tensions between
the Honduran people and the U.S.
military calls into question the
wisdom of maintaining such a high
profile in Honduras," Anderson said.
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never voted before," said new Vice
President Rose Karadsheh. "People
thought there's finally one last hope
Ken Weine, the MSA president
during the '87-'88 school year, said
Williams' victory is a "horrific blow
to the student movement. I hate to
see the right wing take over MSA."
Voters showed they have a sense
of humor with many of their write-
in votes. Cartoon character Wilma
Flintstone captured 5 write in votes.
The Ayatollah Khomeni, Mickey
Mouse, Elvis Presley, and the ticket
of David Letterman and Connie
abuse among all failed thrifts
"clearly is pervasive," GAO officials
"The huge losses which will ul-
timately pass to the nation's
taxpayers (estimated at $100-150
billion) did not come about primar-
ily because of economic conditions
or deregulation," Assistant GAO
Comptroller General Frederick Wolf
told the subcommittee.
"The bulk of the losses are di-
rectly attributable to the failure by
management of a minority of the
industry to follow basic, prudent
business practices, including the es-
tablishment of effective systems of
internal control," Wolf said.
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