Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on March 23, 1976 · Page 5
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 5

Carroll, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 23, 1976
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Congress Moves on Toxic Substances, But Ford Resists FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger Bollen WASHINGTON — (Lens) — Should new industrial chemicals be screened more rigorously so that those that are dangerous to life and health can be kept off the market? Congress thinks they should, and during the past five years both the Senate and the House of Representatives have adopted bills to provide for screening of "toxic substances." But none became law because the two chambers could not agree on how severe the restrictions should be. This year committees of both houses seem to be moving along the same path, after a series of furors over clangers to public health. One occurred in Virginia over an insecticide called Kepone, another in New York where it was found that fish in the Hudson river were being impregnated by carcinogenic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) from two General Electric plants. In all, over 125 chemicals have been cited as dangerous in congressional hearings, according to Sen. John Tunriey (D-Calif). Tfre national cancer institute attributes over 60 per cent of death's from cancer to environmental factors — and death rates from cancer rose steeply in 1974 and 1975. Kepone was manufactured by a small firm ironically called Life Science Products for giant Allied Chemical, mostly for export. It had produced nervous tremors, liver damage, slurred speech Held Not Subject to Open Records Law and loss of memory among not only the workers who had to wade in the stuff, but also among members of their families. It got into the James River, making fish and oysters dangerous to eat. The scandal has done much to improve the prospects of a law controlling toxic chemicals. The truth is, however, congress long ago passed, and in 1972 strengthened, the Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act, under which the Environmental Protection Agency could-have acted against Kepone (if Kepone had been classified as a registered pesticide, which was not at all time). This will remain true even if the toxic substances bill reaches the statute book. But there is no legislation covering PCBs and the federal agency has had to rely on voluntary co-operation from By Harrison Weber (Iowa Daily Press Association) DBS MOINES - Pre-negotiation materials relative to collective bargaining, as well as working papers, are not subject to Iowa's open records law and may be kept confidential. That's the thrust of an opinion issued by special assistant attorney general John E. Beamer in response to questions asked by assistant Polk county attorney John King. Beamer stated in his opinion that there is no Iowa case law on this particular point and limited case law from other states. Those cases, Beamer said, have dealt with the issue in terms of striking a balance among the interests to be protected, the right, of the public to know and the public's interest in effective public management. Clearly, Beamer added, the courts have ruled that results of the bargaining sessions must be made public, thus protecting the public's right to know what contracted terms were agreed upon in the negotiations: Courts have recognized the need for non-disclosure of pre-negotiation materials when- a public representative is a participant in the "delicate mechanism" of collective bargaining, Beamer stated. He cited a New Hampshire case in which a newspaper reporter sought injunctive relief from the state's right-to-know law. The New Hampshire supreme court ruled that negotiation sessions between a school board and union committees were not within the ambit of the right to know law, but the public was entitled to know the contracted terms agreed upon by the negotiators. The Florida supreme court held that labor negotiators employed by the school board in preliminary or tentative teacher contract negotiations with teachers' representatives may negotiate outside of public meetings. Furthermore, the court held that the board may instruct and consult with its labor negotiators in private without violating Florida's open meeting law, known as the "sunshine law." State courts recognize the business like operations of local government, Beamer observed. Strategy and bargaining position may be lost if both sides do not operate on equal grounds, he said. Beamer cited a North Carolina opinion which holds ... "to give away one's hand to the opposition which remains free to operate in private, can prove very detrimental to the side of the public." Beamer also referred to a number of court decisions which hold that the attorney-client privilege is jsut as available to public agency-clients and their lawyers as to their private counterparts. "This privilege would be of limited value if documents and other written materials which were the basis of advice and strategy were summarily disclosed to the public," Beamer concluded. Bowling Results ' JACK* JILL MIXED LEAGUE Ttam Standings Points Millers High Life 90 Wilson Real Estate 75'/i Na-Churs •. 75'/2 Pabst Blue Ribbon 66 Chicken Inn 63 Snappy Popcorn 59'/> Carnarvon Oil Co 58'/2 Hamms 56 Budwelser 56 Denny's Lounge, Westslde — 49'/2 Hawkeye Nat'l. LJfe 47 ' Carroll Bowl ... r. 45 Schettler Seed 34 Ron's Saddle Shop 27 High Ind. Single GameWomen: JoyReFs 207 Dorothy Dettbarn 201 Joy Rels 197 Mtn: Mike Relsing 213 Myron Dettbarn 203 Myron Dettbarn : 2°° High Ind. Three Games— Women: Joy Reis 562 Dorothy Dettbarn 527 Isabelle Reising 515 Men* Myron Dettbarn 584 Art Tiefenthaler 567 Mike Relsing 537 High Ttam Single Game- Carnarvon Oil 809 Millers High Life 778 Carnarvon Oil 764 Millers High Life 764 MEAT PROCESSING For Freezer or Locker • Oh The Farm Pickup (Or you can bring lhe> animal in yourralf) • Butchering • Cut-up To Your Specifications • Wrapped /ft • Frozen j BERNHOLTZ BROS. Phone 792-4242 Claud Saturday Afternoon Cqrroll Carroll's Only Home-owned Dairy Distributor Alto, we tell Eggt, Meat* and Butter Tlmet Herald, Carroll, la. jr Tuesday, March 23, 1976 3 IIMItMlllltlMIIM«*****IIMIMMIIMt*t*MIIM*M> industry to reduce the risk. PCBs have been used for a long time, underscoring the argument of the bill's supporters that the risk may not be perceived until many years have passed and irreversible damage done to those who have been exposed. Moreover, it is urged that it is better (and certainly easier) to limit or ban the use of a dangerous chemical before firms, workers and communities have built up vested interests in its production. Even the chemical companies, which would have to carry out the closer checks for safety, admit that there are gaps to be filled in protective legislation. They argue, however, that there is bound to be duplication of existing law if a sweeping bill is passed and they fear (or say they fear) that their secrets may leak out to competitors and that the testing to be required may be so expensive that many small firms may be forced out of business. The Office of Management and Budget and Commerce Department are sympathetic to this argument, which up to now has been the main stumbling-block in congress. There is also a suspicion that the EPA may be swamped if it gets all the additional regulatory duties that it is seeking. The result has been that the bills now in the committee stage require effective screening only of substances on a priority list that the EPS would draw up (though it could go outside this list if necessary). Every manufacturer would have to notify the agency three months before putting a new chemucal on the market and more time for testing could be required. The EPA would set requirements for the tests and publish the results. It could also call for tests of substances already on the market. But will President Ford sign the bill if it reaches his desk at the height of the election campaign, as seems likely? Recently he told the agency that looks after health and safety in workplaces to treat businessmen as friends, not enemies. Its new standards for the amount of asbestos, arsenic, lead, beryllium and noise to which workers may be exposed have been deferred from before the election until various dates in 1977. That was indeed a friendly act towards business. 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