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The Michigan Daily-Friday, May 9, 1980-Page 21

Guard called
"disaster wail
as the numbe
bed past 25,0a
burden alread
Two compa
duty to help
centers, whe
short. Twelve
Broward and
were reporte
record influx
migration off
2,000 arrivals
the total to ab
the 90=mile c
Mariel in Cub
Havana ra
boats remain
pick up refuge

Cuban refugee shelters
T, Fla. (AP)-The Coast "When we set this thing up we safer sealift.
the "Freedom Flotilla" a estimated the capacity at about 2,000," "THERE'S A DISASTER out there
ting to happen" yesterday said Florida National Guard Col. waiting to happen," Hayes said, adding
r of Cuban refugees lim- Robert Ensslin, surveying an old Navy that a sudden storm could kill hundreds
0 with more on the way to seaplane hangar jammed with of persons trying to make the crossing
dy packed shelters. refugees. "We're making it work, in small private boats. Stormy weather
anies of Marines were on though, with 4,400." earlier in the boatlift caused six
keep order at the refugee AT THE GOVERNMENT'S "tent drownings.
re tempers were running city" near Eglin Air Force Base in the A boat called the "Sara Jane" arrived
of the 14 centers in Dade, Florida Panhandle, authorities said at overnight with about 100 refugees.
d Palm Beach counties least some of the 7,000 refugees being Crew members said they were lost at
d short of food and sup- processed began resettling into U.S. sea for two days before finding their
communites yesterday. way to port. The "Dr. Daniel" docked
'OUR straight days of At Fort Chaffee, Ark., the Army con- Tuesday with more than 600 refugees
es, the rate of arrivals firmed that some Cuban refugees would and "so overloaded it could have been a
slowed yesterday as im- begin arriving there no later than major catastrophe," said Thom Casey,
icials counted fewer than Saturday. Lt. Col. Chris Crescioni said federal coordinator at Key West.
by 5 p.m. That brought the refugees will be flown in at the rate THE 142-FOOT BOAT was declared
out 25,500 who have made of about 1,200 a day. The Army expects dangerously unsafe by the Coast Guard
rossing from the port of between 15,000 and 20,000 at the Arkan-
a to Florida in the past 18 sas facility.
In Washington, Adm. John B. Hayes,
dio reported about 1,400 commandant of the Coast Guard, said Da ily Cla sif Ie
ed at Mariel waiting to he had urged the White House toul
ees. negotiate with Cuban authorities for a

and is being held at the Key West Dock.
The Carter Administration, mean-
while, disclosed its standards yester-
day for seizing private boats that carry
Justice Department spokesman
Robert Smith said boats now will be
seized only if they're unsafe, carrying
too many passengers, or if the captains
are engaged in profiteering.
Earlier food shortages in Key West
appeared eased yesterday as the
American Red Cross contracted with a
caterer to maintain a steady supply of
"We told them to just keep it
coming," said Red Cross worker Susan
Lively. "We'll worry about the bill
ds Get Results

State veteran joins
Agent Orange suit

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country," Schlegal said yesterday.
Seventeen other Michigan residents
had been named in the class action suit
which claimed exposure to the her-
bicide caused intestinal sickness, liver
diseases, cancer and birth defects.
NATIONWIDE, about 300' veterans
and their families have filed suit in at
least 30 federal district courts.
The Michigan suit was filed in U.S.
District court in March. Named as
defendants in the case were Dow, Her-
cules Inc., Diamond Shamrock Corp,
Monsanto ,Co., Hooker Chemical Co.,
Uniroyal Inc. and Thompson-Hayward
Chemical Co.
The plaintiffs in the suit want the
seven U.S. firms to set up a perpetual
trust fund for persons allegedly suf-
fering ailments caused by Agent

Orange. The suit claims 2.4 million
American servicemen were exposed to
the chemical.
THOMAS, A part-time delivery-man,
spent 13 months on combat duty in
Vietnam during 1970 and 1971.
Planes reportedly dropped 60 tons of
Agent Orange in Vietnam between 1962
and 1969. The Air Force discontinued
the drops after it was suggested the
chemical caused birth defects in un-
born children.
The chemical companies involved in-
the lawsuit have maintained no eviden-
ce has been drawn up to prove the
defoliant causes long-term health
problems. The herbicide continues to be
sold for use on pasture and range land
and for brush and weeds along road-


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