A4 WEDNESDAY. APRIL 18, 2001 WASHINGTON THE SALINA JOURNAL • FOOT-AND-MOUTH DISEASE U.S. has offense planned in case of an outbreak Level of international travel makes chance of occuranee 'great' By The Associated Press WASHINGTON —, The director of the only U.S. lab that studies and tests for foot-and-mouth disease said Tuesday the chances of an outbreak somewhere in the country are "quite great;.' given the amount people travel between the U.S. and Britain. "It's only through the diligence of the people at the various ports of entry that we've been able to keep it out. I'll have to add also luck," said David Huxsoll, director of the Agriculture Department's Plum Island laboratory, off Long Island, N.Y. Foot-and-mouth disease is T ENVIRONMENT harmless to humans but has devastated livestock in Britain because herds are destroyed to prevent its spread. The disease is common throughout most of the world, including South America, but has not been found in the United States since 1929. USDA has banned imports of livestock and raw meat from the European Union and has increased inspections of incoming airline passengers. "We are doing everything we can to make sure it doesn't come into this country," Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said at an agricultural policy conference Tuesday More than 16 million people arrive in the United States annually on flights from Britain. About 2 percent have items that could carry the virus, such as meat and cheese, according to Bush upholds new EPA lead requirements More businesses now must report releases of lead into the air By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Bush administration said Tuesday it will uphold regulations issued in the last weeks of Bill Clinton's presidency requiring thousands more businesses to report their releases of toxic lead into the environment. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman announced the action shortly after meeting with Presi- • dent Bush at the White House. She'said the new regulations, bitterly opposed by industry groups, will require any manufacturing or processing facility that emits at least 100 pounds of lead- or lead compounds a year to report the releases to the government. Current regulations require a facility to report any lead or lead compound emissions if the facility processes more than 25,000 pounds of them annually or uses 10,000 pounds a year "This action reflects the president's strong commitment to protecting America's children from the' damaging effects of lead poi- soijing," Whitman said. "President Bush and this administra tion wUl continue to do everything that we can to continue to protect the health and "weU-being of American people through appropriate environmental measures." Whitman said she anticipated that opponents would go to court to try to block the regulation. "We get sued in EPA for anything I do in any day of the week," she said. 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If the virus has reached the United States already, it could have been in the country for on ly 24 to 48 hours, Huxsoll said, speaking to reporters at the New York lab. "Signs for the disease would appear quite quickly, and we have veterinarians (who) are extremely alert and sensitive to the appearance to those kind of lesions, and it would get reported very quickly," he said. Plum Island would be the first to know of an outbreak because it tests tissue samples sent in by veterinarians from suspect cases. USDA, meanwhile, has asked a variety of federal agencies, including the departments of Defense and Interior, to help prepare for an outbreak of foot- and-mouth disease. "We have adequate resources" to keep the disease out of the United States, "but we are going to continue to look at the systems that are in place," USDA spokesman Kevin Herglotz said. 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