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Page 14-Friday, May 23, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Family living
in Love Canal
region cannot
afford to leave

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) - Tim
and Donna Earp have had a lot of
sickness in their family since they
moved ipto the Love Canal neigh-
borhood six years ago.
Now, all they want to do is get out of
their home and leave the neighborhood,
contaminated with chemicals from the
old Love Canal chemical dump. But
they say they have to remain until the
government provides the promised
funds for their temporary relocation.
THE FEDERAL government
declared a state of emergency in the
neighborhood Wednesday, paving the
way for it to provide funds for the Earps
and their neighbors to move into
motels. Later, the residents will be able
to move into temporary quarters
arranged by the government.
"We want to go," said Mrs. Earp, 35,
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Job Counselor, Be Sure
to Read "Job Counseling:
More Hype Than Help?"
in JUNE REDBOOK

"and the government says we can move
into a motel and they'll reimburse us
for it later.
"But we can't afford to pay it and
then wait to be reimbursed. I'd go right
now if they'd say, 'We have a place for
you and your children'."
ABOUT 21,000 TONS of various
hazardous chemicals were buried in the
Love Canal area by Hooker Chemical
Co. 30 years ago. The ground, outside
the city limits at that point, was
privately owned, and Hooker pur-
chased it with a view toward using it for
the disposal of chemical wastes, accor-
ding to company officials in Houston.
Michael Reichgut, manager of public
relations for Hooker, said there was no
licensing authority for Love Canal-type
dumps in 1942, and no permit was
required. New York state has already
spent $1 million to permanently
relocate the 239 families who lived
nearest to the canal.
Reichgut also said: "Hooker was a
major defense supplier during the war,
building and running five defense plan-
ts for the government and turning out.
scores of chemicals useful in ap-
plications such as synthetic rubber and
materials for waterproofing tents. All
the products were made to U.S. gover-
nment specifications, and the residues
from some of the processes for these
government projects were disposed of
in the Love Canal."
IN WASHINGTON, congressional
committees yesterday criticized
federal agencies handling the Love
Canal situation for waiting three years
before relocating residents. A health
study released over the weekend by the
Environmental Protection Agency in-
dicated some residents had suffered
chromosome damage.
The back yard of the Earps' four-
bedroom ranch house slopes back to a
fence. Beyond the fence is a creek that
is suspected of being contaminated
because it flows through the Love Canal
area.
Earp, 36, a Niagara Falls policeman,
has not been ill, but his wife, who
teaches hairdressing, and their four
children all havea history of sickness.
"I was never sick until we moved in
here," said Mrs. Earp. "I have bad
headaches all the time And I can't

MIKE HOPLIGHT, a resident of the Love Canal chemical dump-site and
employee of the Hooker Chemical Company, which used the canal for toxic
waste disposal, sits with his children before his boarded up home yesterday
awaiting word on relocation plans.
Unemployed fall prey to
illegal, decep~tive news ads

(Continued from Page 3)
also away from their "home base of
operation," the public relations direc-
tor said.
According to Ann Arbor Community
Action Center secretary Ann Snyder,
companies which guarantee a specified
salary in an advertisement but later in-
sist their employees fulfill certain
requirements (i.e., selling a certain
amount of merchandise) in order to
receive the full amount are not only
deceptive, but also illegal.
She said that in such an instance, the
center "has the authority to
prosecute," but only after a written
complaint has been issued.
SNYDER SAID HER organization
will normally notify the business in
question that a complaint has been filed
against it. She added that most com-
panies will issue refunds for the money
previously submitted and discontinue
the advertisement.
The Community Action Center, which
serves all of Wasptenaw County and
handles complaints registered against
businesses in the area, receives more
inquiries than complaints concerning
job advertisements, according to
Snyder.
She said her organization usually
tells those who inquire about job ads

they will most likely receive infor-
mation but they won't necessarily
make any money. She added that most
people decide against sending in the
money but some decide to do it anyway.
DAILY BUSINESS manager
Rosemary Wickowski said it is
generally the policy of the newspaper to
decline printing advertisements which
ask people to send money. She said the
Daily instituted this policy last year af-
ter receiving complaints from readers
that they had sent money to companies
and not received what they had expec-
ted.
Wickowski added if an advertisement
requesting money looks reasonably
legitimate, the Daily will call the com-
pany to get further information and
print the ad if it appears to be genuine.
Wayne State University's student
newspaper has a somewhat different
policy, according to advertising
secretary Andrea Battle. The South
End prints advertisements requesting
money and only removes them from the
paper after receiving complaints from.
readers, she said.
The policy of the Ohio State Lantern
is to contact the company placing the
ad to verify that it will fulfill the
promises made in the advertisement,
sales representative Susan Morris said,

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