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"Currently, the University is burning
almost everything," said Tracie
Easthope, director of the Environmental
leealth Project at the Ecology Center.
'They don't have to do this."
:Leavitt-Gruberger also argued that the
university has failed to engage in more
ijnovative methods of waste disposal.
"I think there's a lot they could do to
bas environmentally progressive as
tleg are progressive in the operating
room,' Leavitt- Gruberger said.
Other hospitals use technologies such
asmicrowaving or autoclaving to elimi-

nate the admittance of toxic chemicals
into the air. Microwaving involves spray-
ing water on infectious waste and using
microwave energy to kill microbes while
autoclaving uses steam heat.
Critics said they consider the lack of
a substantive recycling program at the
Medical Center a sign of the
University's lack of commitment to
environmental health.
As an example to the Medical
Center, critics point to St. Joseph
Mercy Hospital in Ypsilanti, which
has garnered awards for its progres-
sive recycling program.
Pierre Gonyon, hazardous substances
specialist for St. Joseph Mercy, said

when the hospital was faced with the
incineration dilemma a few years ago,
St. Joseph Mercy decided to focus on a
recycling program.
Instead of buying a new incinerator
for $3 million, Gonyon said, the hospi-
tal opted for a $300,000 compactor.
Their decision was based in part on
then-new EPA regulations regarding
incinerator emissions.
"More and more, we felt it was the
right thing to do to concentrate on recy-
cling materials,' Gonyon said.
In addition to recycling a greater
amount of its waste, St. Joseph Mercy
also autoclaves much of its medical
waste. The hospital received an over-
all environmental excellence award
from Washtenaw County.
"The U-M is a premier health care
institution and we want them to be a
premier institution in the field of waste
management," Easthope said. "Until
now, it hasn't been a priority."
Anthony Denton, director of opera-
tions at University hospitals, was
unavailable for comment.

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stronger code.
SOLE members met with University
President Lee Bollinger on Friday,
delivering a letter of ultimatum that
called for the University to stand for
public disclosure and better wages.
Molin said the University has been
one of the leaders calling for indepen-
dent monitoring of factories.
"For independent monitoring to
occur, you need to know where the fac-
tories are;' Molin said.
University administrators said they
want to continue to address the issue in
a non-confrontational way, hoping to
come to a resolution by the target date
of March 12..
"We are all committed to the same
kind of objectives," Molin said, adding
the working relationship between the
University and SOLE members has
been "a partnership in advocacy."
But LSA senior Saladin Ahmed said
"there are some distinct concerns."
SOLE members said that while they
are pleased with the positive dialogue
so far, they are prepared to do anything
to reach their goals.
"We want to work in a non-con-
frontational manner but we find it
much more important to help starving
workers rather than having the easiest
way to work with administrators" LSA
junior Andy Cornell said.


Greenspan: Prosperity should continue
WASHINGTON - Federal Reserve Chair Alan Greenspan said yesterday a
"surprisingly robust" U.S. economy should continue growing this year but at a
much slower pace than last. And he dropped hints that if the slowdown doesn't
occur, the central bank is prepared to increase interest rates to make it happen..
Delivering his twice-a-year report on Fed policy to Congress, Greenspan did n
signal that a rate increase is imminent. Indeed, he also left open the possibility thar
if the global economic crisis should suddenly re-ignite, the Fed would respond with
further rate cuts, as it did last fall.
"We remain vulnerable to rapidly changing conditions overseas, which, as we all
saw last summer, can be transmitted to U.S. markets quickly and dramatically,
Greenspan said.
But referring to the three interest rate cuts the Fed made over a span of seven
weeks last year, Greenspan said the central bank must address "whether the-full
extent of the policy easings undertaken last fall ... remains appropriate."
That remark was seen as a signal that the Fed is having second thoughts about
the third rate cut, which moved the federal funds rate - the interest that banks
charge each other-- down to 4.75 percent.
Greenspan called the economy's growth rate in the fourth quarter "torrid.' Hr
also repeated worries he expressed last month about whether the stock market's
return to record levels is justified in light of the weakness in corporate earnings.


Governors request
funding flexibility
WASHINGTON -Republican gov-
ernors said yesterday that Congress
should send federal money for schools
to the states without strings attached so
they have enough flexibility to improve
academic programs.
"Give us the flexibility, we'll get the
results" Michigan Gov. John Engler
told senators on a committee oversee-
ing federal education programs.
Engler urged senators to give
states lump sum payments for educa-
tion, called block grants, as they did
when Congress overhauled the wel-
fare law.
"Block grant federal funds to the
states and hold us accountable" Engler
said in testifying before the Senate
Committee on Health, Education,
Labor and Pensions.
New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd
Whitman added, "Give us more flexi-
bility so that federal programs and
dollars compliment... our state

Engler also called on federal law-
makers to streamline the 39 federal
agencies, boards and commissions
that administer more than 760 edu-
cation programs because there are
"too many dollars paying for bureau-
cracy, micromanagement and er4
Senrate to look at
future of counsel law
WASHINGTON - Kenneth Starr
has been one of the costliest, most don-
troversial and longest-serving indepen-
dent counsels. And he may be the last.
Starting today, Congress begins
review process expected to dramaticai
ly alter - or simply scrap - the
Watergate-era law that created the pow-
erful prosecutorial post. The two politi-
cal parties share almost universaldis-
dain for the statute that set that probe
and others in motion.
The problem, say the critics, is that
the investigations tend to last too long,
cost too much and stir up too much
political fury.

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Kurdish leader to
stand trial for treason
ANKARA, Turkey - At a secret
hearing on a forbidding prison island,
Turkey formally arrested the foremost
Kurdish rebel leader on treason charges
yesterday, paving the way for trial by a
security tribunal. Prosecutors said they
would seek the death penalty.
Abdullah Ocalan's Turkish attorney
was barred from the hearing or confer-
ring with his client, who has been
under interrogation for a week without
seeing a lawyer.
Ocalan leads the Kurdistan Workers
Party or PKK, a rebel army that has
waged a nearly 15-year fight for
Kurdish autonomy in Turkey's rugged,
impoverished southeast.
The conflict has claimed an esti-
mated 37,000 lives, with the toll
growing daily. Yesterday, the govern-
ment reported the deaths of 14 rebels
in clashes with Turkish troops in the
Yesterday's hearing was closed to
the press and public. Its outcome was
reported by the semi-official Anatolia
news agency, which cited statements

from the judge and prosecutors.
Turkev has insisted that Ocalan's
trial in asecurity court with military
judges will be fair. It has also
warned against any outside interfer-
ence, repeating yesterday that fo4
eign monitors will not be allowed to
Snowslide buries 5
at Austrian ski resort
BERLIN - An avalanche thun-
dered through a western Austrian -ki
resort yesterday, burying about "55
people in the worst of a deadly cru
of Alpine snowslides that have le
dozens dead or missing and 60,000
trapped by hostile elements besiegiig
Europe's most posh winter play-
A raging blizzard prevented Austrian
army rescue teams with search dogs
from reaching the disaster scene in the
town of Galtuer, just north of the Swiss-
border, leaving the grim task of extract-
ing the dead and injured to stunned sur-
vivors in the town sheltering aba
2,000 tourists.
- Compiled from Daily wire reports.

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Leading Biological Scientist and
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On "Sustainable Agriculture"

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