Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on April 18, 1976 · Page 17
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Losses Estimated At $150 Million ffrthwest Arkansas TIMES, Sunday, April 18 ,1976 · 3C Livestock Buried After Contamination. Found '.'"SHARON, Mich. ( A I M 1 -- Bur- :ied beneath tlic,.sandy loam in ;-a clearing in Northern Mich- figan's jack piric' forests lie victims of a massive livestock noi ; soniiig. , , , ',; , ! * ' . l n huyc: trendies are the ve- ·mm»i'' of nearly - 30.000' cattle, 1.5 million chickens, more than four million eggs, plu: tons of butter and cheese, All have .been contaminated with ·'chemical called polybrominaled ;l)i-phcnyl, or PBB for short. · -It's been two years- since il ·became public knowledge- lhal ·the poisonous chemical, was mixed Into livestock feed sold across Michigan. ' Some esli mate the agricuUual losses al up.;; to $150 million.; And '|iow £ conEroversj is growing over .PBfi's"'possible threat to human Hep Donald Albosta win heads a state legislative probe into the problem,, estimates hal the milk 1 sold in Michigan today contains at least lov, levels o' 'PDB. But no one knou s cxacll; what PBB does to humans. _ i For two years, state officials iave relied on, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration guideline Updating meal and milk \ 10 more (ban .3 pnrls per ion of PBB is -safe lo cat or drink, But dozens of farm families :omp!ain of constant fatigue, mysterious ' weight losses and painful joints. And they blame t on PBB. - A Big Rapids physician, Dr. Qavid Salvati, says medical esls appear to point only' lo PBB as an explanation for nesses among nearly SO of his liaficnts. Guv formed e) lo study the human' 'health question; But the panel has no begun its work. . OLD STUDY Meanwhile, state health offi rials.have relied tor nearly twc years on · a 1974 study o( 29? persons svluch found "no con sistent pattern of illness o symptoms" trnecable to Ih little-known chemical. * Bul even while announcing William Mil liken has special scientific pan lie study's finding, slale Health director Maurice S. Reizen aid: "We are not saying that J BB exposure has caused no ilhnenls. Michigan is the guinea pig for PBB. 1 hale to say lhat publicly, but it's true." Yet protesting farmers say hat study was invalid because arm families used as controls when their livestock showed no race of PBB later found their icnis and Hocks contaminated. Mosl of Ihe meat and milk produced Jn.lhe stale is sold for consumplion within Michigan, From the beginning, the poisoning episode * has been shrouded in mystery. This much is certain: some lime in the -spring or summer of 1973, the chemical, used or'di narily only lo insulate wires or make television sets less tikelj to burn, was delivered to a Michigan Farm Bureau Sorv ices teed mill al Battle Creek. The PBB was mixed into live stock feed, which svas. sole across the- stale. Farm Burea Services, a profit-making sale arm of Ihe Michigan Farm Bu eau, sued Michigan Chemical I u Co., the PBB maker, for §275 I million. Michigan Chemical ac- I cused Farm Bureau of negli- 1 gence in a counter complaint. a RECEIVED POISON F a r m Bureau Services claimed it received both PBB J and the magnesium oxide il ' lad ordered from Michigan ; Chemical. Magnesium oxide is ', in additive commonly used in j The suit contended both chemicals were packed in iden- , tical bags. But even in that suit, Farm Bureau Services in sisted it had no idea how much PBB was involved in Ihe ; mix- up. The Farm Bureau Services' suit eventually was settled oiil of court for an estimated. $19 million. Two farm bureau workers at Battle Greet; gave sworn depos- ilions they were ordered by their superiors to keep silent when they tried to report the problem. The. firm denied those claims. The amount of tainted feed r\ 1 i * But at least its contcnlra- nain unknown, Ions of Spies Helped Revolution laden feed later were detected and pulled off the market. Even that action drew controversy. Acting on customer complaints. F a r m Bureau slopped sales of the feed lalu in 1973. But the firm never told slate officials of its action, al though it had no legal obligation to do so then. Now, Ihe stale has laws requiring it be i nf or med of su ch feed withdrawals".' Not until April 1974, did mosl Michigan' citizens learn abou the poisoning. That was four months after mice eating the questioned feed died during ex periments by the state Agricul lure Department. PROBE DEMANDED Disclosure of. the poisoning brought demands for investigations and a hall to the sale of items containing 'any amount of PBB and triggered lawsuits la- la ling nearly S500 million. Livestock and their produce containing more t h a n ,3 parts per million of the chemical were quarantined and disposed of al the 'remote site on slate- owned land near Sharon. ' A n estimated 300 herds were \terminated and slale agrtcul- Mentioned bul defec ive." Hut Gov. MilUken slstently h a s criticized .JJy DENNIS M O N T G O M E R Y Associated ..Press .Writer Ever an ' astute :; gambler, apcorgc Washington hot on cs .jnonagc lo even the wltls on Ihe ^fortunes of war. Qutrnanned -.'and outgunned/ i; lie^ nut his.moiv ·i.ey on good intelligence to avoid ^ being out maneuvered. " '' · Considering·" the slakes, Ihe -"$3,500 he' -risked ^annually clandestine activities' seems f ·penny-ante. In" 1976 -such Ameri- ··cati intelligence: organizations ."as the CIA have billions lo rV spend. Nevertheless. the secret ''agents of 200 years ago ,wpr;kec C h a r d at break-ins, bogus'leaks ' / o f f i c i a l deceptions, secrc codes, intercepts and intrigues Occasionally Ihey hit Ihe jack · pof s f The first spy in Ihe Re^olu tion vakeel f o r , t h e British Hi * was Dr Benjamin Church o I Bo~ton, to a.U'appearances a ra · bid rebel But for six weeks be " fore Lexington and Concord n the spring of 1775, he bold sf » crets to Gen. Thomas Gage, 111 - British., commander . in Bosloi *, So far ahove'suspicion was th t good doctor that-his fellow .cc f. Ion [sis sent '.-hint' to the Cont 'r tientaS Congress -.in ; Phila '·· del phi a. £· "^Benjamin,·:. Franklin ; against it, but British x telligence records:' i prove tha .5 chief aide and close con-i dant- during the negotiations Fr ance's alliance was a ouble agent. Edward Bancroft ' Massachusetts accompanied ranklin to Paris from London s a sort of executive : sec rear y, a position he. used'-to or- anisEc a British" secret service ell in the American embassy. COMMON PRACTICE; Fabricating intelligence for he'enemy was a common practee: Washington used the ruse at least twice. On the first occasion, n spy in bis camp had vanied the British 1 that the French fleet was sailing for Newport, n.I. Washington's own spies learned that a superior British armada would meet he French ships. So Washington "leaked", word ,hai the French really were sound for New. York, not New- [Hrl, arid the English changed course. On the other occasion, Washington allowed a Tory spy to obtain inflated estimates of his troop'strengthi Washington's first major expenditure upon , taking command of the army at Cam' bridge, Mass., in '75 was a $33.1 a d v a rice to some still anonymous patriot "lo go into the town of Boston to establish a secret correspondence." When the British finally evac ualetT Boston in March .of '76 and then went cm to New York, Washington had lo build a new i ntelligence network for that one volunteered. A of --war was called city. But council among Ihe s t a f f , Directly challenged, one officer' replied, "1 ,a'm .willing .to go fight them, bul as for, going among them am being taken up and hung like dog, f will not do it." HALE VOLUNTEERS Another spoke. "I will under take It was a 21-year-ok captain, a Connecticut school master named Nathan Hale. H said he felt he owed the service to his commander. One Saturday evening h slipped, onto Long Island from Ihe sloop Schuylcr. He was dis guised; ;a's a Dutch schooltea cher. But on Sept. 21, 1776 he was captured,, probably as h attempted to return , lo th American lines perhaps wit some : Incriminating documen The British ordered him to be hangecl at dawn the next day. A contemporary reported tha t the last'moment, Hale said I regret that I have bul one ife lo lose for my country." Enoch Crosby al Danbur Conn., had been persuaded b ohn Jay to pose as a Iraitni and ferret out armed loyalis sands. Crosby did the job so well "his too-familiar face forccc lim into retirement. Sitting a lome - one evening, an assas sin's shot through the window razed his neck. A few night ater three men dragged him from his bed, beat him viciou ly and left him for dead. Jame Fenimore Cooper fictional, zee Crosby's exploits in "The Spy, one of America's fir.sl majo novels. ELITE GROUPS An elite group of Washington's spies, who referred to him so good that weren't, dis- ure worKcrs i estimate PBB races have 'bc/m found on nearly 1,000 farms. Once burials began, the state aid the site was under Farm bureau's jurisdiction. The Bu reau refused to accept anything with PBB below the fedora standard. Testing procedures t detect the chemical often pro duccd contradictory results though, and stirred more con Iroversy. Some farmers with Livesloc or produce telovv the loleranc level sent them-"to marke Most refused. "I don't believe they shou have been on the market poisoning the people of Michigan," was Ihe Ivpical explanation given by Gerald Wplljer. an Ottawa County dairyman, when asked why he refused to sell his tainted herd. After a court ordered Wol- con Farrr Bureau Services and Michigar Chemical Co., along with thoi insurance carriers, for the slov pace of compensating farmer, for t h e i r losses. About 370 farmers nave ceptcd settlements totalin nearly ?30 million. Another 40 farmers have claims pentlin arid none of dozens of lawsuit triggered by the poisoning ha gone lo trial. Legislation lo ban sate o food containing any amount o PBB passed the Michiga HOUSE last week. Bul leRisla tors'failed to allow it lo tak effect immediately. Even if th measure passes Uis Senate an the governor, the b^n c-innoL b in use before n.ext.April. Opponents predicted the ba ,'ould be a disaster for Micl jan agriculture. How long will PBB krcp at :a'ring in Michigan livcsloc nd produce? Nobody has an nswor. Despile efforl lo khl all ontaminated animals a n d lean up animal feeding areas, ic chcmic al st il t shows up in le soil, in Ihe dust in barns nd in animals who have n o t cen fed contaminated food. No ne has an estimated how long t will take for PBB to work its vay out of the agricultural food chain system. / The Craftsmen at Nefson Leather" Company Are Taking Orders Far Their High Quality Handmade Sandals. Since Your Feet Are As Unique As Your Fingerprints, We Custom Fit Our Sandals ; Tg Your Feet To, Assure You A Perfect Fit. We Offer Built-in. Arches For Extra Support and Crepe Soles For Added Comfort, Place Your Order Now So Your Sandals Will, Be Ready For The Good Weather Ahead, as "711," · were their identities covered for more than a century. . It was this .group that caught up with a certain John uarls in I tjcr's dead animals removed^ tesls by Ihe slale and a private laboratory showed one animal had up lo 11 parts per -million of PBB and some areas of the 80-acre. farm had mom than 4 Anderson, learned he was relly CHIEU HANH's . . ORIENTAL FOODS ' 1914 W. Walnut, Rogcre (across from Bonanza on Hiway 71) A complete lins of imported oriental foods, Fresh and dried seafoodj and Chines* vegetables. EVERYBODY WELCOME! Open Daily from 9 AM lo 7 PM Answers , For Puzzle On Page 8B Seminar Slated At UA This Week The Engineering Extension Cenier at the',- University; ol Arkansas, will conduct a three- day seminar. Wednesday and Thursday and Friday on '.'Quality Control Syslems: Design- Management-Improvement." Dr. Vernon E. McBryde. director of the center and one of th« principal speakers al the seminar, said thai the course is designed to introduce quality control, practitioners to Ihe over-all concept of designing a quality control _systcni and to provide an understanding of the technical aspects. McBryde will be assisted in the seminar by four UA industrial engineering professors -- Dr. R.W. Skeith, Dr. H.A. Taha, : Dr. R.R. Safford and Dr. H.M. Crisp. Jr. Each professor has had extensive teaching and consulting exper- · ' the field, McBryde to McBryde, John Andre, and connected edict Arnold, thus upsetting Ar- farfn is under a new rtriiish 'mainr deretl quarantine, filed on the hfm ?ift B n. lay the court acted Thai quar a trlme forbids WolLjer. to nold's plan to turn over West Point lo the British. Andre, attempting to save his own life, insisted to his American captors lhat he was not a spy. But be was convicted and ordered . hanged. During th'e 11 days remaining to him h e ' w o n the respect and admiration ol sell any of the 28 calves still alive on the farm. Woltjer's dead cows \vei)L to Sharon lor burial two weeks ago, the mosl recent victims of the lingering threat Hosed by PBB. LITTLE BEING D O N K Despite two ' years of statewide furor, Ifttle has been, done toward dealing with the poison- his captors. Even Washington ; n o. agonized over the sentence. Toi About Ihe only legislation the last he conducted himself | adopted by thri slate requires as an officer, "meeting his fate rcporls' when liveslock feed is vfilh a serenily which extorted taken off the market. A bill to the warmest admiration of the provide low interest loans for - - · · - - · - ience taid. A c c o r d i n g jubslantial dollar savings are possible from betttr quality control management, but loo few industries actually are realizing this benefit due to what he called "the failure lo inlegrale the many aelivilie.t which affect quality into a single effort." He added, "Making the product right the lirst time results in a happier customer, lower costs to the producer and eventually greater respect for Ihe produc in the market place." Information about the course can be obtained by writing the Engineering Extension Ccnlcr, 747 West Dickson Street, Fayetleville, 72701, or by telephoning Dr. McBryde al 5754048. American officers," as one "observer recalled. His laart. re- Qiiest was lhal he be shol like a soldier, ralhcr than hanged for a spy. To spare Andre further mentors e r Wa sh ingf on d id not lell him the requcsl was denied; Andre found out only as Jie marched!'lo his death. Standing upon his coffin in Hie back of s baggage cart'be- neath gallows, be adjusted Hie noose aboul his neck and donned Ihe blindfold.. "All I request of you, ge'nEle- moti," he said to the onlookers, "is thai you will witness lo Ihe world lhat I died like a brave arnl ers victimized by 'PBB vas vetoed by_tWe^governor_a_s NEED HELP? For conOdentis' Informallot) or assistance on: V.D., pregnancy, drugs, parents, school, vocation, runaways, fete. Cftl) YOUTH HOT LINE 442-2662 Snn. thru Thnrs., 7-11 .p.m. FT!, and Sat., 7-12 p.m. AVALANCHE OF SAVINGS Big price cuts on John Deere Products Ed (Mannie) Schaffer SHALOM! GREETINGS to all who may or may jnol remember that Ihis is inde«d Ihe PASSOVER; Irm downing of EASTER. My wish for each of you is only lhat it may radiantly rise in joy, with happiness 1 over ihomes of to many Molhers, Dads, husbands, wives, sons and daughters; oh so many friends from every walk of life who have made A. J. 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