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nn Arbor will accept international byowaste
Jason Stoffer group consisting of 45 different organizations, said environmental group formed in protest of the Toronto ulation powers to local government.
wily Staff Reporter landfill contractors are profiting from Michigan cit- contract, said the contract charges Toronto $11 per Rivers said powerful waste-hauling companies
A caravan of trucks will soon start making a izens' environmental consciousness. cubic yard of waste, while Ontario landfills prevail- pose a formidable opposition to the bill's passage.
laily 10-hour round trip from Ontario to Ann Arbor "It is a slap in the face of Michigan's citizens ing rate is $70 per cubic yard. Canadian landfill "Waste haulers have a lot of pull, but as people
o dump 500,000 cubic yards of Canadian trash per who've recycled and made efforts to preserve pre- prices are so high "Toronto even considered sending become aware of how few rights they have and pres-
ear. cious landfill space, (for waste haulers) to turn its municipal waste all the way to Utah," Surfis said. sure their legislators, I think the bill will have a good
Ann Arbor's commendable 50-percent resident around and make that (space) available to others," State Rep. Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) said the chance to pass," Rivers said.
articipation recycling program is being rewarded Dempsey said. importation of almost 5,700,000 cubic yards of In the meantime, Brater is calling for a five-year
y the importation of biosolid sewage sludge and The Windsor contract is not BFI's first foray into out-of-state waste per year is a significant environ- moratorium on the siting of new landfills in
r municipal waste. Canadian trash importation. Earlier this year, BFI mental threat. Michigan. Her proposal is an alternative to House
he city of Windsor, Ontario voted last month to agreed to import 500,000 tons of Toronto waste "(With landfills,) you always run the risk of leak- Bill 4037, which would lead to an expansion of
pprove a yearlong contract to settd approximately each year to Washtenaw County, starting in 1998. age into groundwater," Brater said. "And the water- Michigan's landfill capacity.
3,000 tons of rubbish to Washtenaw County's John Myers, BFI Arbor Hills Landfill's district shed leads to the Great Lakes, the single largest Landfills in Michigan are cheaper than other
3rowning Ferris Industries' Arbor Hills Landfill. vice president, said he sees no reason to use space fresh water source in the world." states' because they have the space for 15-20 years'
The move adds fuel to a state legislative debate solely for in-state waste. Under present laws, once landfills are sited, states waste, Brater said. "(Given current laws), the best
parked by the state's preponderance of landfill "Michigan has enough capacity to serve some of and municipalities have no control over the type or tool at our disposal is to reduce the landfill supply.
pace and consequent low disposal fees. the communities in Ontario," Myers said. "We plan origin of the dump's waste. "We need to make sure Michigan's not building
Dan Dempsey, policy director for the Michigan to accept Toronto's waste for the next 3-5 years." U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-Ann Arbor) is an orig- enough landfills to make the state the dumping
nvironmental Council, an umbrella environmental Jeff Surfis of the Toronto Trash Campaign, an inal co-sponsor of a bill that would return trash reg- ground of North America," Brater said.
'chembechler forms
effort to fight cancer

ly Matt Weler
aily StaffReporter
After piloting the maize and blue
*zing machine for 21 years on the
ridiron, former University football
oach Bo Schembechler is leading a
ifferent kind of charge. 10
Schembechler has been an outspoken
varrior in the effort to fight adrenal can-
er ever since he lost his wife Millie to the
isease in 1992. He has raised $1.6 mil-
on for the creation of a University
lospital adrenal cancer center through
utings such as last week's golf outing.
")ur job is to get $3.2 million, which.
Smake us a center for adrenal cancer in
he country,' Schembechler said. '
Interim dean of the University Medical
School, A. Larris Betz, expressed grati-
ude toward Schembechler for his
"We appreciate Bo's personal commit-
rent to raise funds for adrenal cancer
esearch," Betz said in a prepared state-
sent. "In doing so, he also raises aware-
of the critical need for further sup-
o to conquer this terrible disease.'
Schembechler said that the adrenal
aneer war is a particularly difficult one
or cancer researchers.
"Adrenal cancer is a rare type of can-
er which has no cure and it's difficult for

(the hospital) to get research funds
because it is a rare disease,"
Schembechler said.
Schembechler's fundraising efforts
include charity golf tournaments,
which are open to the public and draw
sports figures such as former Detroit
Tigers manager Sparky Anderson,
University of Indiana basketball coach
Bobby Knight and current University
football coach Lloyd Carr.
Schembechler said that five past tour-
naments have drawn $250,000 each
toward an adrenal cancer center, along
with many famous participants.
Schembechler said the money will be
split between funding for research and a
chair to oversee and lead research.
"What we want is $2 million for
research-and $1.2 million to endow a top
adrenal cancer researcher,"
Schembechler said.
Dr. David Steingart, director of the
Millie Schembechler Adrenal Cancer
Clinic, said that Schembechler's ser-
vice to the fight against cancer has
been indispensible.
"I think the funds have helped support
our work;' Steingart said. "Bo's efforts
have brought moreinterest to what we do."
Steingart said that adrenal cancer
attacks the adrenal glands, which sit atop

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ny clear winners or losers," she said.
*his is a situation where we are
iving a severe disadvantage to one
articular small group," Rivers said.
She said the GSI tax-waiver provi-
ion was one of the major reasons that
he voted against the tax bill.
Now that it has passed in the
House, the bill will go to Conference
ommittee, where the House and
Senate versions of the tax bill will be
reconciled. The Senate's version
d( not include taxation of GSI
Butts said the provision is some-
what of a contradiction, because it
encourages parents to save for college

by giving tax breaks on college sav-
ings, while it makes education much
more difficult to afford for graduate
Mueller said that in some ways the
University has not been as strident in
its opposition to the bill as it should
be. "There's been some complacency
among administrators," she said.
"There's been a lot of trouble getting
action on it."
Mueller said that a lot of the com-
placency comes from a University
attitude that the federal government is
just bluffing. "Every couple of years
they try to tax waivers,' Mueller said,
and the fact that they haven't been
taxed yet makes administrators fear-
less. They're certain that it won't hap-
pen now, she said.

Former Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler speaks to a large crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony of the University's
Cancer and Geriatrics Center.
the kidneys. He said that Schembechler's cancer treatment and research facilities solidly behind us;' Schembechler said.
efforts have already helped them look will be world class. "We have volunteers here that make it go.
into new ways of treating the disease - "We will become a core facility, where Those who wish to contribute to
new drugs, new methods investigation people send us samples and referrals Schembechler's effort can make dona-
and new treatments have been imple- from all over the world," Steingart said. tions to the Millie Schembechler
mented. Steingart also said money that Schembechlersaidthathe has received Memorial Adrenal Cancer Research
Schembechler raises will also be used in assistance in his endeavor from the Ann Foundation, care of Schembechler Hall,
the treatment clinic. Arbor community. 1200 South State St., Ann Arbor, Mich.,
Steingart said the University's adrenal "This community has been absolutely, 40819.
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