Strip Mining Compromise Bill Approved n i Â» Tr\Â· Â« n i * i Â» Â» . - _ "^^ Â«^t By TOM RAUM ,,,,,, Associated Press Writer .W A . S HINGTON AP - After months ot debate, congressional conferees have approved a compromise bill to protect the environment from coal strip- mining; but the legislation still faces other major hurdles. .Meanwhile, the coal industry has said me bill s strict environmental standards would increase electric utility fuel costs by 55 per cent - a prediction strenuously denied by sponsors. The bill would impose the first federal environmental controls on coal strip mining and would prohibit the practice where land could not be fully reclaimed after mining. Opponents have threatened a House Rules Committee challenge to prevent a final floor vote. And the Ford administration has raised the possibility of a veto on the ground the bill is inflationary and might reduce coal production. The compromise, ending a months- long impasse, came late Tuesday as conferees resolved the sole remaining dispute -- protection of ranchers and farmers whose land sits above federally owned coal. U n d e r t h e n e w c o m p r o m i s e engineered by Sen. J. Bennett Johnston, D-La., bona fide ranchers and farmers would have the right to refuse the strip mining of federal coal beneath their land. If they consented to sell their surface rights, the amount of compensation they could receive would be limited to fair market value of the surface, plus certain relocation costs, and up to a $100- per-acre "bonus." federal coal leases on the land would be issued by competitive bidding under the proposal. Hep. Morris K. Udall, D-Ariz., the conference chairman, called the comp r o m i s e "an excellent bill" and p r e d i c t e d its passage by t h e f u l l Congress. However, he conceded there is a p o s s i b i l i t y t h a t the o u t g o i n g 93rd Congress might not be in session to attempt to override any presidential veto. "I'm hopeful, however, that President Ford will sign the bill." Udall said. Tuesday's conference session was called by Udall and his Senate counterpart, Sen. Henry M. Jackson, D-Wasli., in a f i n a l attempt to approve the bill (his year. It was Hie firs.1 meeting of the conferees since Nov. 21, when a number of proposed compromises were rejected and sponsors said the bill appeared to bo dead for the year. The bill would also: --Ban strip mining in national parks and forests. --Require mining companies to return land to its "approximate original contours" after mining. --Provide special restrictions for mining in steep slopes, although would permit "mounlaintop removal" mining, where an entire top of a mountain is lobbed off to get at the underlying coal, to continue under certain conditions. --Authorize states lo establish their own enforcement programs. --Establish interim federal standards while stales and the federal government were gearing up their programs. --Create a new federal agency within the Interior Department to enforce the legislation. She "VVic I'ti/irr Thai (itii'x l u l l ] V'/ic Hume" I n i o n t m v n . Pa. WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1974 PAGE 13 New Storm In Far West Fire destroys double house at Edenborn. (Herald-Standard Photo by Pat Fahey) Blaze Destroys Edenborn House Fire early yesterday afternoon destroyed a double house at Edenborn, occupied on one side by Mr. and Mrs. Michael Mihallik and son Robert, and on the other by Helen Han- Uschock. R o b e r t M i h a l l i k is a member of the Albert Gallatin Area School Board. The home, located along Route 116, consisted of nine rooms and a bath on each side. 4 Die In Circus Car . KINGSTREE, S. C. (AP) -A fire which swept through a dormitory car of a Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus train claimed the lives of three men and a woman. The car, owned by the Seaboard Coast Line Railroad, was in the middle of ,a long train carrying circus personnel and animals when the fire broke out Tuesday. The blaze was confined to the one car. The train was en route to Sarasota, Fla., winter headquarters of the circus. The cause of the fire was not known. The names of the victims were withheld until relatives could be notified. ENTERTAINMENT is Canceled At The South Union Firehall Due To The Weather. NO HUNTING ON PROPERTY OF K. ZIMMERLI Entertainment Tonite 7 P.M. Smithfield Vol. Fire Dept. Terri -- Karlyn The attic was renovated to include three rooms. A damage estimate was not available. No cause was given. According to firemen, some " clothing and furniture from the first floor were saved. The fire was discovered between the kitchen floor and wall by the younger Mihallik. Efforts by the man to douse the flames were futile. Because of no phone service, Mihallik had to run some three-quarters of a mile to alert firemen. Answering the call along w i t h E d e n b o r n w e r e volunteers from McClellandtown, Gates, Adah and Masontown. Because of electrical power b e i n g o u t d u e t o t h e snowstorm, the fire whistles Cath. Char. Yule Party Catholic Charities Auxiliary will hold its a n n u a l Christmas party at 7 p.m Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Venetian Restaurant, Uniontown. Reservations are to be made no later than Monday, Dec. 9, with Polly Storey, chairman, 55 Murray Ave (call 437-5719 in the evening). Payment is to be made prior lo the dinner, with checks to be made out to Mrs. Storey. Other committee members are Audrey Krueger, Amy George, Joanne John and Auxiliary President Gwen Aron- hall. in the various communities could not be blown. Each volunteer had to be contacted by phone said a spokesman. The flames were eating t h r o u g h the second f l o o r toward the attic when fire trucks arrived. Adding to the problems of the 40 volunteers at the scene was the lack of available water. Nearest hydrant was three-quarters of a mile from the scene. Water had to be shuttled to the fire from throughout the community. There \vere no i n j u r i e s reported. Firemen, with eight trucks, remained at the scene for five hours. Upper Tyrone A chimney fire spread to the side of the James Grimm home in Upper Tyrone Twp. at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, resulting in an estimated $200 damage. Firemen from Dawson and DLV (Vanderbilt) went to the scene. Dunbar Dunbar firemen were called lo Ihe Dave Stone home at Furnace Hill Monday night when a kerosene stove being used for heating blew up in the k i t c h e n area. Nobody was hurt. Firemen also went Co Murphy Mart at Laurel Mall when the alarm system went off, but there was no fire. Route 51 A power line broke and set bushes on fire last night at the U n i o n t o w n A u t o A u c t i o n , Roule 51. Firemen from West Leisenring and North Union doused the blaze. Hy ASSOCIATED PRESS Wind, rain and snow swept a wide area of the Far West today as a new autumn storm swirled out of the Pacific. In the East, effects of a staggering weekend snowstorm lingered in the form of still-closed schools in sections of Ohio and Michigan and delays in full resioration of some utility services. Snow continued lo fall in Western Maryland Tuesday nigbl, adding to the more than 30 inches a l r e a d y on the ground in some places. Road crews worked to clear U.S. 40 west of Cumberland and succeeded Tuesday in o p e n i n g o n e l a n e o f " t h e highway. Slate police say the believe they have reached about 600 motorists stranded on the road a f t e r Sunday's storm. More than two inches of rain soaked Santa Maria and Vandenburg Air Force Base, i n S o u t h e r n C a l i f o r n i a . Showers ranged northward through coastal Washington. Wind gusts of 57 miles per hour shook S a c r a m e n t o , Calif., late Tuesday. Gale warnings flew along much of Hospital News UNIONTOWN Discharges: Rose Frank, Eric Gordon, Mrs. Bonnie Harper and son, Nellie Jupina, Walter Myers, Joseph Parker, Russell Pierce, Irene Ross, Catherine Tate, Mrs. Margaret Thek and daughter, Darlene Vargo, William Mills. BROWNSVILLE Admissions: Mrs. F.liza- beth D o m e n , G r i n d s t o n e ; Mrs. Patricia Dolak, Bealls- vilte; Mrs. Lillian Jenkins, Brownsville; Mrs. Lorene Kli n g e n s m i t h , B r o w n s v i l l e ; Louis K a z i m , V e s t a b u r g ; Mrs. Mary Edwards, California; Mrs. Mary Carroll, Brownsville; Harry Enfield, Brownsville. Discharges: Rochelle Wible, Mrs. Anna Mihatik, Mrs, Nancy Hileman, Mrs. Mildred Jamison and daughter, John Gibson, Michael Czarnecki, Mrs. Myrtle Emerson. CONNELLSVILLE Admissions: Francis Skro- bacz, Connellsville; Mrs. Elv i r a Testa, C o n n e l l s v i l l e ; Mrs. L u c y G r i f f i n , .Vand e r b i l t ; C h a r l e s H i l l i n g , Farrnington; Eugene Conlon, C o n e l l s v i l l e ; M r s . L i l l i a n Smith, Dawson; Mrs. Dorothy Harrison, Connellsville; Mrs. Mae Hardy, Dunbar. Discharges: Ronald Kennedy, Mrs. Lillian Smith. the c e n t r a l and n o r t h e r n California coast. N e a r S a n L u i s O p i s p o , Calif., two light planes collided headon in the winds and rain as witnesses gawked in horror. The bodies of two women and a man were found amid Ihe wreckage Tuesday and searchers were looking for a fourth person. Snow a n d g u s t y w i n d s brought travel advisories for mountain areas of northern and central California and parts of weslern Nevada. The slorm and cold fronl spread clouds far to the east, over the Plateau region, into the n o r t h e r n Rockies and adjacent Plains. A l t h o u g h t h e w e e k e n d storm that dumped 15 to 20 inches of snow on parts of Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and West Virginia moved well into the Atlantic, clouds and lighl snow persisted from the central Appalachians to New England. Many schools remained closed for the third day in the Ohio counties of Medina, Summit, Portage and Lorain. Numerous Michigan schools, including those in Detroit and some suburbs, also were idle again today w h i l e street crews opened snowbound residential streets. ]n Michigan alone, an unofficial count listed 32 persons dead of heart attacks brought on by various forms of exertion in the snow. An Ohio Bell Telephone Co. official estimated it would be the end of the week before workmen completed repairing up to 5,000 fallen wires in the A k r o n , C a n t o n a n d Youngstown areas. Repair crews were slowed in many cases by heavy snow drifts. " Intense cold settled into much of the eastern half of the country following the storm. Lecture At California Dr. Corinne K. Flemings, professor of speech communication, will deliver Ihe final presentation of Ihe California State College Student Activities Assn. Faculty Lecture Series at 8 p.m. Monday. She will discuss "Mysteries and Miracles of Human Communication". Student members of the SAA Lecture-Arts Committee launched the seven-presentation Faculty Lecture Series last September. This closing program, like the others, will be held in Somerset Lounge of the Student Union with free admission to the public. "Che First Christmas 'Coys JN THE WORLD BEFORE THERE WERE TOYS CHILDREN MADE- DO WITH A STICK AND A STONE TO KNOCK AROUND., a fantasy by P. Pastoret and D. Baur ...AND A SIT OP WOOD WAS THE NEAREST THIN6 TO A BOAT ANY CUH.D MAD.' ENTERTAINMENT TONITE 7:30 MASONTOWNV.F.W. MENALLEN GRANGE OYSTER DINNER CANCELLED FOR TONITE All F.G.A. Items Available At MIKE'S MARKET Formerly LaPenta's Mkt. New Salem, Pa. HEAD "THE GIFT SHOPPER" UNDER NO. 95 IN THE CLASSIFIED SECTION RONNIE'S BARBER SHOP 175 N. Gallatin Ave. CLOSED TilURS., FRL, SAT. DUE TO DEATH IN FAMILY THE ONLY THINS MORE SAD THAN CHILDREN IN A WORLD WITHOUT TOYS... WORST OF ALL,THE? CHILDREN HAD NO TOYS FOR A BlKTHDAY, SO... ... THERE WERE NO PLAY THIN6S FOR PRESENTS' .AND ESPECIALLY FORLORN WERE A MR. AMD MRS. CLAUS. AND WE ARE SOIMG TO T6LL YOU WHY 1 ...WERE GROWNUPS WHO HAD NO FUN THINGS TO THEM. Mills In Hospital JAMES GKKSTENZANCJ Associated I'rcss Writer W A S H I N G T O N ( A P ) Hep. Wilbur D. Mills, fatigued and stripped of some of his wide congressional powers, rested in a hospital today fac- i n g a n e f f o r t b y s o m e Democrats to replace him as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. The Arkansas Democrat, whose recent behavior has baffled his colleagues, was on the House floor Tuesday afternoon when he refused lo handle a r o u t i n e l e g i s l a t i v e m a t t e r and t o l d a close friend: "I just can't d o i t . " Shortly afterwards, he entered Bethesda Naval Medical Center without notifying his office. Mills, 65, was examined by a hospital staff doctor Tuesday afternoon but no report on his condition was released, a Navy spokesman said. The nature of his illness was not disclosed. Sources close lo Hie hospital said they understood it had not been diagnosed, but that Mills appeared to be very tired. Court Delayed Criminal Court has been canceled here this week, but it will be held next week as scheduled. First Assl. Dist. A l l y . Gerald R. Solomon said the regular panel of jurors summoned earlier will report for cases scheduled beginning Monday morning. He said one other week of Criminal Court trials will be licld sometime in January. Mr. Solomon blamed the weather for the cancellation p o i n t i n g o u t t h a t a n i n sufficient number of jurors appeared for duty and it was difficull to contaqt witnesses and others involved in the schedule of trials. Natural Gas Rate Hiked WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Power Commission today increased its nationwide base rate for natural gas sold by producers to interstate pipelines. The commission increased the rate from 42 cents per thousand cubic feel to 50 cents per thousand cubic feet. Inquests Delayed Two inquests scheduled to be held today in the office of Coroner Dr. W. Ralston McGee have been postponed because of inclement weather. No new date has been set for the inquests, according to Nita Rich, chief deputy coroner. A u t o Fire James E. Jenkins Jr., of Fort Mason Village, Masontown, escaped injury at 9 a.m. yesterday when his auto caught fire on Locust Ave., Waynesburg. Cause of the fire is undetermined. U n t i l . Hoard Meet Uniontown Area School Board annual reorganization meeting has been re-scheduled for noon Friday at Central School. WATER BREAK W e s t e r n P e n n s y l v a n i a Water Co. office in Uniontown said this morning that it had repair crews in theS. Gallatin Ave.-E. Church St. area of downtown Uniontown lo repair a main water line that had broken. TAKOCH DAIRY OPEFT07~ Running on generator power WAYNE'S TAVERN" No Dance-Wed. Nile SMORGASBORD-- S 2.50 WED. F R I . ' BRATTON'S--Hopwood NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY ST. THOMAS SOCIAL HALL Fooledale--Make Reservations Now! CALL 245-9294 Meanwhile, the woman svho entered Mills' public life last October said she wanted to visit her hospitalized friend. "If (he doctor says it is okay, then I will go see him," said Annabel Batlistella, the stripper who jumped into the Tidal Basin from Mills' auto when police slopped il. Mills' power as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee was w h i l l l e d down M o n d a y w h e n the H o u s e Democratic Caucus decided to expand the panel, which initiates lax and Social Security legislation, and authorized ft to establish subcommittees. Congressional Democrats talked Tuesday about replac- i n g M i l l s w i t h R e p . A l Ullman, D-Ore., the No. 2 Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Richard 11. Fulton, DT e n n . , a m e m b e r of the Democratic Steering Comm i t t e e and the Ways and Means Committee, said he would propose that the Sleer- i n g C o m m i t t e e n o m i n a t e Ullman. He said he expected the recommendation to be followed. The Steering Committee is unlikely to act much before the end of the current con- gressional session later this month and could delay action u n t i l the 94th Congress meets in January. But one member of the Ways and Means Committee, Rep. James A. Burke, D- Mass., predicted that Mills would not return to Congress before the 94lh Congress convenes. "I don't Ihink you'll see Ihe chairman back for the rest of I li i s y e a r , " I h Democrat on the panel said. The movement lo replace Mills gained momentum after the 36-year House veteran appeared on a Boston slage over the weekend with Mrs. Battist e l l a . T h e s t r i p p herself as Fanne Foxe and the Tidal Basin Bombshell. Dr. Guy F. Sciacca, a Boston physician who examined Mills Friday and gave him a v i t a m i n shot and multiple vitamin tablets, said the congressman appeared at the time to be suffering from exhaustion. Mrs. Baltistella, who moved her show to New York this week, announced after learning of Mills' hospitalization that she was calling off her performances. She said she was "mentally upset." Wishing Well Orchestra--Dark Horse will appear, providing there is electricity. News Roundup TOKYO (AP) - Takeo Miki, 67, Japan's nexl prime minister, today promised a vigorous program based on social justice and reform of the ruling Liberal- Democratic party, Miki said he will make an early public statement about his personal wealth, the issue that brought about Kakuei Tanaka's resignation as prime minister. Miki will be formally elected to head the government Monday at a special session of the Diet, Japan's parliament. BEIRUT, Lebanon ( A P ) -- Saudi Arabia has concluded an $860 million deal with France to improve its tank corps and is shopping in the United States for other arms, the Saudi defense minister said in an in- lerview published today. The equipment reportedly will include France's AMX tank and an antiaircraft missile. Diplomatic sources said the Saudis went to the French after the United States, heretofore the chief supplier of arms to Saudi Arabia, refused to sell them its newest model tank, the M60. JERUSALEM (AP) -- Foreign Minister Yigal Allon told the Israeli parliament that Egypt in a secret annex to the disengagement agreement last January agreed to let Israeli cargo and foreign ships bound to and from Israel to pass through the Suez Canal as soon as the waterway is reopened. Allon said that Israeli ships would be allowed to use the canal only after a permanent peace settlement is reached. Egypt has never allowed Israel lo use the canal, contending that the two countries have been in a state of war since the 1948 Palestine war. KANSAS CITY (AP) - The Democratic party is opening ils mini-convention here amid growing anticipation that peace and harmony of a sort may be returning to the party at last. While skirmishing over party reforms this week is a virtual certainty, party leaders are hoping it can be resolved in a compromise ending six years of intraparty warfare. The first for mal session on the convention floor comes Friday night. CHICAGO ( A P ) - "Cancer of the lung is rapidly approaching Ihe dimensions of a national calamity in this country," a medical scientist warns. Dr. Bernard Roswit, a New York radiologist, cited an American Cancer Sociely estimate that 91,000 persons will be stricken with lung cancer in 1975 and that 81,000 will die of the disease during the year. And he said cigarette smoking is almost entirely responsible for lung cancer. MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. ( A P ) - With Pioneer ll's conquest of Jupiter over, scientists today planned for its next destination: a two billion mile giant leap for a peek at Saturn. "If the power holds up, I have no doubt that Pioneer 11 will be alive and working well at Sat u r n in 1979," said Dr. John Wolfe, National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Pioneer project scientist. WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress has voted to set the first national standards for drinking water after the government said some water supplies may contain cancer-causing chemicals. The bill now goes lo Ihe While House where il faces a possible veto. WASHINGTON (AP) - The House Democratic Caucus is continuing to whittle away the power of once lordly committee chairmen as the 75 newly elected Democrats flex their muscles. The new members have shown they hold the balance of power in voting some the major reforms the caucus is decreeing for the new House that will assemble in January. The caucus voted Tuesday night that the selection of chairmen of appropriations subcommiltees be subject to caucus ratification. These subcommittees generally make the effective decisions on money bills. WASHINGTON ( A P ) - A prosecutor in the Watergate cover-up trial says H.R, Haldeman confessed to a crime while testifying about the attempt to get CIA officials to curtail the FBI investigation of the Watergate break-in. During a private courtroom conference Tuesday with Judge John J. Sirica and defense lawyers, assistanl prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste said Haldeman "confesses lo a crime, which 1 believe he has j u s t done, to defrauding the United States through Ihe misuse of the CIA for improper reasons."
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