Pagel2- The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, September 11, 1990
LANSING (AP) - House
Democratic leaders unveiled yester-
day a new "polluters pay" bill to
clean up toxic waste sites in Michi-
gan, and scheduled quick action on
Environmentalists hailed the ac-
tion, and said it would speed the
cleanup of contamination while sav-
ing taxpayers billions of dollars.
The legislation is designed to en-
sure those responsible for pollution
pay for its cleanup and give the state
the authority to investigate contami-
nation and order its cleanup.
"Cleanups will be greatly speeded
up and the burden on taxpayers will
be greatly decreased ," said Andy
Buchsbaum, program director for
the Public Interest Research Group
Michigan has about 2,700 toxic
waste sites. Cleanup has been slow
- despite the approval of $425 mil-
lion in bonds in 1988 - because of
the difficulty of identifying respon-
sible parties and the lack of power tc
crack down on them.
Senate efforts to pass a similai
- bill broke down in June amid parti-
s san bickering. A special housc
Third Graders from Daisy Brook Elementary School in Fremont watch a 3-D movie on the life of a baby. The visitors center at the Gerber Baby
Products Company headquarters is showing the movie to replace traditional plant tours.
Michigan rids farms of toxic pesticides
by Associated Press
State Department of Agriculture
workers are hauling off toxic pesti-
cides that have been stored on
Michigan farms an average of 20
'The agency, which budgeted
$0'0,000 this year for its pilot
clean-up project, is asking farmers to
tell them what chemicals they have
"This is a good opportunity to
ke6p the stuff from getting acciden-
tally into the environment," said
Chuck Cubbage, division director for
pesticide and plant pest management
for the agriculture department.
The state is working with the
Michigan Chemical Council, the
Michigan Farm Bureau, and county
cooperative extension agencies in
identifying the farmers and the sub-
stances, Cubbage said yesterday.
Each region receives a portion of
the project money to conduct collec-
tions of the chemicals on a first-
come, first-serve basis with the
farmers, he said.
It would cost $500 to $600 per
farmer to get rid of the pesticides an
expense many can't afford, he said.
"It was inexpensive to buy in
bulk and when this material was
banned, they were stuck holding the
bag," Cubbage said. "They've been
good about hanging on to it and not
just pouring it out in the dirt or wa-
Some of the pesticides sold
decades ago have been proven haz-
ardous, including DDT, which was
banned in 1970, he said.
"They legitimately bought this
and it's not their fault it was
banned," Cubbage said.
Earlier this year, the state col
lected 21,000 pounds of chemical
from farmers in the Grand Travers
County area, he said. A collection in
Lenawee and Monroe counties or
August 25 netted nearly four tons
from about 30 farms.
Collections are scheduled in early
November in Oceana, Muskegon,
Newaygo, Delta, Berrien, Cass, Var
Buren, and St. Joseph counties.
Chemicals will be collected ir
March in Barry, Ionia, and Mont-
calm counties, he said.
The material that can be burned is
being taken to a hazardous waste in-
cinerator in Chicago because Michi-
gan has no such public facility, he
said. Materials that contain lead are
taken to Wayne Disposal ir
Belleville, the only public hazardous
waste dump in Michigan, he said
The sites are part of the Interstate
Waste Exchange program.
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evacuation of the building last night.
A resident advisor in the building de-
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164 U.S. host
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BALTIMORE (AP) - A groupI
of former Middle East hostages1
reached the U.S. yesterday, and one
woman among the 164 on the free-4
dom flight stopped to kiss theI
ground as she got off the jetliner that
brought her home.
"It's good to be home," said an
exhausted Philadelphia woman, who
had been in Kuwait to visit her+
brother and was trapped after Iraq in-
vaded last month.
The plane carried 164 former
hostages, most of them women and
children, who went to customs on
their way to a red-white-and-blue
welcome set up by state officials in
a hanger at Baltimore-Washington
"We have customs and immigra-
tion officers, child care, counselors,1
and psychologists ready to help.
There's the Red Cross and the Salva-l
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comfortable with the notion of hav-
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Swain ended by saying she would
take all of the evening's comments
into consideration, and would be
checking with various members of
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committee worked throughout the
summer on the issue.
Yesterday, House Speaker Lewis'
Dodak (D-Birch Run) said the bill ji:
expected to win approv'al today
the chamber's Conservation, Recre
ation and Environment Committee.
He said floor debate will come to-
morrow, with a final House vote as'
early as Thursday.
"This is a fair and innovative bill~
that will make Michigan a leader in
environmental leadership," he said.
The bill was endorsed by Gov.,
James Blanchard, who said:"W
should not be using taxpayer money
to do pollution cleanup."- Blanchard
also spelled out other legislative pri-
orities for the fall session, including
prior proposals to cut auto insur-
ance, limit property taxes, and ease>
Buchsbaum said the bill would
$8 billion to about $1.25 billion.
The bill still needs a mechanism
to fund it. However, backers said
cleanup costs would be divided
among all known polluters until a,
better funding method is chosen.
He attributed the malfunction of the
machine to a worn out part.
"It's nothing we can control," he,
The residence hall will replace the
belt immediately, he added.
No injuries occurred as a result of
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tion Army, and hostess stations with
beverages and food," said Helen Sz-
ablya, director of public informatioti
of the State Department of Human
The 164 were part of a group of:
438 former hostages who arrived in'
London late Sunday after a flight
from Baghdad. About 20 aren't U.S.
tions around the nation, telling tales
of evading Iraqi soldiers. A Texas
man said he hid for a week in a ceil-0
ing air conditioning duct before es
caping in disguise.
At altimore-Washington In
national Airport, four computer ter.
minals were set up to help the weary
passengers make further travel ar,
rangements. A bank set up a desk to
the administration to implement pa
new, more specific policy. There is,a
slim possibility that a new policy
will be in place by this weekend, she
In the interim, "we're going to
take a look at the kinds of activities
scheduled for the weekend, and re-
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