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New plans needed
for cleanup in
Mich., experts say


The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 25, 1990 - Page 3
Health clinic aids
overweight clients

LANSING (AP) - Michigan's
environmental cleanup efforts have
been a fiasco and must be revamped
to focus on encouraging private
companies to help tackle the $5 bil-
lion job, a House Republican task
force said yesterday.
"Basically, we have concluded
there will never be enough public
* money to clean up the problem. The
primary obligation for cleanup must
test with the private sector," said
Rep. Joanne Emmons (R-Big
Rep. Ken Sikkema (R-
Grandville), who co-chaired the task
force with Emmons, said the group's
focus was on getting the 2,700 con-
tamination sites in Michigan cleaned



"Cleanup must be done quickly,
effectively, and efficiently. Above
all it, it must be done," said
The task force report said Michi-
gan should: use arbitration and me-
4iation on cleanups to avoid court
battles; offer limited amnesty from
environmental fines and penalties;
set up a revolving loan fund to hel')
businesses pay for cleanups; work to
;speed up cleanups; and adopt federal
standards on cleanups.

"Of course it's a fiasco in terms
of cleanups. It's a listing statute right
now; that's all it's supposed to do,"
said Andy Buchsbaum, executive
director of the Public Interest Re-
search Group in Michigan.
"Saying it is a fiasco and there-
fore we should give up on traditional
methods of telling people to pay for
cleanups I think is disingenuous.
Everybody in the Legislature knows
that it's nothing more than a listing
statute and that's why there's been a
bipartisan move to revise it so it
does more."
His comments were echoed by
David Hales, director of the Depart-
ment of Natural Resources.
"Without the rewrite of (the
current law) and a strong
enforcement statute, we'll never
speed up the process. I've been
saying that since the day I took this
job," he said.
"Without adequate statutory au-
thority to make those who are re-
sponsible for the pollution clean it
up then we'll never have the kind of
expedited, efficient, effective
cleanup that the state needs."
Hales and Buchsbaum said some
of the issues raised in the task force
report are covered in a pending bill
sponsored by Sen. Lana Pollack (D-
Ann Arbor).
Buchsbaum said the current law
lacks the liability provisions and
standards that would allow Michigan
to go after polluters aggressively.


Sikkema, who headed an envi-
ronmental group before entering the
House, pointed out that only six
complete cleanups occurred in the
state from 1982 through 1988, "The
,rack record is abysmal," he said.
However, the head of an envi-
ronmental group said the report
missed the point of the current law.

by Joanna Broder
Daily Health Issues Reporter
More than 95 percent of the
individuals involved in weight
control programs return to their
original weight within a year, statis-
tics show.
Oprah Winfrey is an example,
said Dr. Victor Katch, director of the
Department of Kinesiology's Weight
Control Clinic.
And there is no denying it; Oprah
has definitely billowed back out
since she took the plunge and
liquified her diet over a year ago.
Katch, University professor of
kinesiology and one of the leading
researchers in exercise and weight
control, said, "I felt a responsibility
to the community" to provide Ann
Arbor residents with an effective
weight control clinic.
Katch launched the clinic, located
in the Central Campus Recreation
Building, in the spring of 1987. It
grew from his research on body
weight regulation and energy
metabolism. He bases the clinic's
programs on the "science of weight
Author of magazine articles and
books including Exercise
Physiology, Katch has also worked
with famous fitness instructors such
as Richard Simmons in developing
his exercise programs. His new
book, War on Fat, will be out in
One of the clinic's associate
directors, registered dietician Louise
Whitney, said "people are getting the
benefits of the most recent research.
We're able to apply it right away for
Whitney, who also holds a
master's degree in human nutrition,
helps clients modify their diet by
giving them tips on planning meals,
shopping, and eating out.
Computerized dietanalyses are also
available. In addition to exercise, the
clinic helps people manage stress.
Katch emphasized that he does
not run a medical clinic and refers
prospective clients in need of
medical attention to the appropriate
"We're dealing with behavior,
exercise, and diet manipulation
changes," said Katch, "and that by
itself is not a medical problem."
Healthy, overweight individuals
who have difficulty regulating their
diets and exercising are the clinic's
main targets, he said.
"The problem is that most people
just look at weight but they don't
consider changes in their lifestyle.
When these things get changed, then
the weight comes off," said Katch.
He added that the clinic does not
promote rapid weight loss.
Rather, there are four primay
components to the clinic's
programs: weekly nutrition
seminars, exercise classes, individual
counseling, and both pre- and post-
program testing.
Clinic Associate Director Mara

Valdmanis, the exercise specialist,
conducts the testing both at the
beginning and end of the 10-week
Valdmanis tests for resting
metabolic rate, cholesterol level, and
actual percent body fat. Valdmanis
helps clients set realistic goals, and
by performing post testing, helps
them to recognize their success.
The clinic runs three to four
programs a year and has allowed
about 50 to 75 people in each
"Beyond a certain point,"
Whitney explained, "we don't accept
more people because we try to have
good personal, contact with peoplq."
One session at the weight control
clinic costs $325. This money
entitles a client to two hours of
personal consultation - divided
between exercise and diet counseling
at the client's choosing - fqur
exercise classes a week, and weekly
nutrition seminars.
The clinic offers a special rate for
students interested in a less
comprehensive program for half the
regular price. For $125, a studeit
receives access to the Advanced
Fitness Training Center (AFTC),
which contains fitness equipment,
and the weekly seminars. They'do
not benefit, however, from the
aerobics classes, the personal
counseling, or the testing available
to clients who pay the standard fee.
While some students participate
in the Weight Control Clinic's
offerings, University faculty and
staff make up the majority of
Dr. Katch estimated that more
than 60 percent of the people who
deal with the clinic sign up for
another program. "They must be
enjoying it and experiencing some
success" he concluded.
The clinic is testing new clients
this week and will continue to
register people today and Friday.


Don't look down
Bob Curlis and Ryan Taylor, workers for Ohio Building and Restoration,
restore a section of the Law Quad yesterday.


U.S. sentences Secord for Iran-Contra affair

Iran-Contra arms intermediary
Richard Secord was placed on proba-
tion for two years yesterday for
falsely telling congressional investi-
gators he was unaware any money in
the affair had benefited from Oliver
Secord, who paid for North's
$13,000 home security system from

proceeds of the Iran-Contra opera-
tion, told congressional investigators
in 1987 he was unaware of any
money going to North from the
After his sentencing, the retired
Air Force major general accused
former President Reagan of being
"cowardly" in his failure to support
loyal subordinates and operatives in

the worst foreign policy debacle of
the Reagan administration.
"I think that he (Reagan) should
have stood up and taken the heat,"
said Secord, "just as previous presi-
dents have done (in failed covert op-
"I deeply regret not being more
candid," Secord told U.S. District
Court Judge Aubrey Robinson.

Secord said then-Attorney Gen-
eral Edwin Meese acted "in panic and
out of ignorance" on Nov. 25, 1986,
when he disclosed that some funds
from the secret Iran arms sales had
been diverted to the Contras. Reagan
told the Tower commission Jan. 26,
1987 that he did not know the Na-
tional Security Council staff was
engaged in helping the Contras.

Congress reps. urge waste exportation halt

Shipments of dangerous wastes to
overseas dumping grounds are dam-
aging America's reputation as an en-
vironmental leader, Rep. Howard
Wolpe (D-Mich.) said yesterday.
"Unfortunately, under current
United States law we cannot stop
these harmful waste shipments to
other countries," Wolpe told the

House Subcommittee on Transporta-
tion and Hazardous Materials.
The panel is holding a final round
of hearings after six months of work
on a wide-ranging pollution control
bill. It would establish a national
system of waste management, em-
phasizing reduction of the amount of
waste Americans produce.
A provision sponsored by Wolpe

and Rep. Mike Synar (D-Okla.)
would require the U.S. government
to reach an international agreement
with any nation agreeing to dispose
of U.S. waste.
Furthermore, the Environmental
Protection Agency would have to
guarantee that countries to which rie
United States exports waste has
health and environmental standz'rds
for waste treatment at least as strict
as those in the United States.
The law is needed because of
growing evidence that U.S. industry
is dumping garbage on foreign coun-
tries that lack the technological and
financial means to manage it safely,
Wolpe said.
He cited the highly publicized

"garbage barge" that dumped in Haiti
15,000 tons of incinerator ash from
"Despite the outrage expressed
against such action, I have recently
learned of a proposal to ship thou-
s nds of tons of potentially toxic
iM.inerator ash from the United
States to Guatemala for use as
roadbed material," he said.
Critics have questioned whether
the provision would infringe on for-
eign nations' sovereignty by forcing
them to abide by U.S. environmen-
tal standards. Wolpe denied it.
"Sovereignty is in no way in-
truded upon if a country agrees in
advance to accept the terms of an in-
ternational agreement," Wolpe said.

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Socially Active Latino Student
Association - 7:30 in Angell
Hall Rm. 221
Undergraduate Political
Science Association - mass
meeting at 7 p.m. in the Union
Anderson Rm.
Earth Day Organizing Commit-
tee - 7 p.m. in 1040 DANA
Indian & Pakistani American
Students' Council - Mass
meeting in the Ambatana Lounge
of South Quad
Armenian Students' Associa-
tion - a get together at the
League Henderson Rm. at 7 p.m.
"Perception of Status: An
Evolutionary Analysis of
Nonverbal Status Cues" - Va-
lerie Stone of the University's
Evolution & Human Behavior
Program speaks at 4 p.m. in
Rackham's East Lecture Rm., 3d
"Collisional Deactivation of
Highly Vibrationally Excited
Molecules" - Dr. J. Barker
speaks at 4 p.m. in Chem. Rm.
"Between Guarachas and
Boleros: Popular Music in
Contemporary Puerto Rican
Narratives" - Frances Aparicio
of the U of Arizona-Tuscon
speaks at 4 p.m. in the Romance
Languages Commons on the 4th
Floor of the MLB
"Beyond Innocence and Re-

national League for Peace Free-
dom; slide-lecture presentation
presentation at the Old Second
Ward Bldg. (310'S. Ashley)
"Anti-Zionism and Anti-
Semitism" - Rabbi Charles
Rosevzveig, Director of the
Holocaust Memorial Center,
speaks at 7 p.m. at Hillel
"Knowing Yourself: How do
Others See You?" - part of the
Global Friendship and Dating
Series a brown bag discussion at
noon in the International Center
Voter Registration - 5-8 p.m.
near the cafeteria of E. Quad
Career Planning & Placement
Programs - Intro. to CP&P
from 2:10-3 p.m. in the CP&P
Library; Bus. Opp. with a Lib.
Arts Major in 6:30-8:30 in the
Union Kuenzel Rm.
Hillel Happy Hour - 5-8 p.m.
at Dominick's
Music at Midday - Pianist
Jessica Johnson plays Schu-
mann's Davidsbundlurtanze Opus
6 at 12:15 p.m. in the Union
Pendleton Rm.
Fresh Start Quit Smoking Pro-
gram - 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the
American Cancer Society (2500
Packard Rd.)
"How to Derive Morality
from Facts: Bridging 'Is-
ought' Gap" - Dr. Harry Bin-
swanger speaks at 8 p.m. in the
Union Kuenzel Rm.
"A Matter of Face in Japan"

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