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Publication: Kokomo Tribune October 18, 1994

Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - October 18, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana I I 45 TRIBUNE 50 cents Outrageous GM retorts to feds Government claims trucks are unsafe DETROIT AP General Motors attacked Trans portation Secretary Federico Penas decision that millions of GM pickup trucks are and it promised a court battle if the government orders a There is simply no legal or sci entific basis on which to seek a recall of these GM vice president Bruce MacDonald said in a statement Monday after Pena announced he had deter mined that 197387 GM CK series pickup trucks present an unrea sonable risk of fire in sideimpact At issue are the trucks sidesaddle fuel which are mounted outside the frame rails on the sides of the Pena said that design caused fires that killed 150 people in crashes they otherwise wpuld have according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration This design was selected for marketing Pena adding that there was evidence GM knew it could make the trucks safer but it chose not to for 15 MacDonald said the suggestion that GM put sales ahead of safety was outrageous and wrong and that the company stands fully these their safety record and the engineers who designed If the government orders a recall after a hearing Pena has set for we will defend their safe ty in MacDonald The company rejected an April government request mat it recall the trucks About 9 million were built with the sidesaddle fuel tartk which GM changed for the 1988 model The government says about million are still in GM believes the number is closer to 6 A recall would require repairs only of trucks less than 8 years but all owners would have to be a Pena spokeswoman Industry experts have esti mated a recall could cost GM A fight against it would cost untold millions and might last Harvest Homes Base proposed as projects home Meeting produces heated outbursts ByJEFFPARROTT Tribune staff writer Grissom Air Reserve Base will be explored as a site for a con troversial proposed housing project for farm the projects sponsors and Kokomo Mayor Robert Sargent said Mon day Sargent said he would contact members of the Grissom Rede velopment Authority today to see if the project can fit into its Harvest Homes a non profit group seeking a federal grant to build a rental housing project on the citys northeast side for farm has run into fervent opposition from res idents HHI claims there is a dire need for per manent housing for the They have said they prefer to place it in an integrated commu nity But residents living near the proposed a vacant lot about a block west of Apper son Way on Morgan fear the project will bring with it accidents and a decrease in their property The mayor said the federal government just spent million refurbishing housing at Gris the realigned air base north Related story An environ mental assessment may be another way to block Har vest Homes Page A2 of HHI officials indi cated they are researching the Grissom Les of Rural Opportunities the nonprofit group working on the technical aspects of the pro said HHIs next likely step is to meet with Sargent about the Grissom Szigethy said after the meeting that his hopes are not very bright of changing the minds of residents opposed to the site on Morgan about a block west of Apperson But he also said he isnt ready to give up on The Grissom talk emerged as the only productive result of an evening riddled with bickering and heated outbursts from resi dents and a city council mem The prospect of housing the workers somewhere other than their own neighborhood drew favorable response from mem bers of the Northside Communi ty Awareness Team the ninemember group represent ing northeastside Harvest Homes and ROI were criticized by city officials Les Rural Opportunities gives the floor to northsider Debbie Toth and NCAT members for not air ing their plans publicly Szigethy said harping on that now wont help reach a resolu What can we do to make this work Szigethy The meeting started off con with Szigethy dia gramming the projects site plan and artists He also displayed photographs of similar developments ROI has built in Pennsylvania and New NCAT members were given a fourpage response to concerns theyve raised in the But the decorum took a turn for the worse when Vicky president of the HHI Board of asked reporters to leave the City council member Bob who represents the area of the pro posed grew furious at her request and loudly hurled exple tives at coming within a few feet of her at one Reed called in a Kokomo Police Department officer from across Tribune photo by Dave Hess the who then called Reed and Ridgeway separately into a room adjoining the council Reed refused to com ment on what she told the offi Sargent said Reed did not file a complaint against Ridge Thompson didnt return phone calls Monday evening after the Environmentalists Americans are drinking weedkiller WASHINGTON AP Millions of Americans swallow unhealthy doses of five widely used farm pes ticides in their drinking says a study today by an environmental group that wants stricter regula The Environmental Working Group says more than million people in 121 Midwestern towns and cities face an elevated risk of cancer as a In million Americans routinely consume the weedkillers metolachlor and the study The Environmental Working a Washington basea organization concerned with environmentally sound farming focused its study on the Corn Belt states Three Indiana cities included on goups cancer risk list By DAVE PHILLIPS Tribune staff writer Three Indiana cities were among 23 communities with a pop ulation over in which the Environmental Working Group found at least a tenfold increase of cancer risk from pesticides in drinking The risk was rated at 10 in 1 million in Port 25 in 1 million in and million in The federal standard is one in 1 Indiana American Water which serves more than cus tomers in currently tests source and treated water for all regulated The Greenwoodbased utility uses powdered activated carbon during the water treatment process to absorb organic including the pesticides metolachlor and Jeff director of water quality for the said the company routinely finds high concentrations of atrazine in area source Nearly 75 percent of the utilitys water is drawn from Wildcat which is augmented by billion gallons of water in Kokomo Resevoir and another 260 million gallon It relies on 18 wells scattered around the city for its remaining water We specifically design our treatments around seasonal factors such as the spring thaw and said We realize there are high levels of organic matter In the source but our thorough treatment currently meets all state and federal because the pesticides they looked at are commonly used on corn and The federal Environmental Protection Agency said the report should be viewed with concern but not It agrees with the recommendations but denies that Inside Local Convicted killers on death row try to Page Sports Joe Montana leads another miracle Page Also Inside Classified Local Buyers funds 5 times greater Beatty Im keeping pace with what Buyer did two years large numbers of people face a higher risk of Most drinking water systems in this country are well regulated and by and large monitored EPA Administrator Carol Browner said in a But this study is another in a series of wakeup calls that tells us we can no longer take for granted that our drinking water is safe all the The administration tried unsuc cessfully this year to renew the Safe Drinking Water Act and insert sev eral provisions to attack pesticides in For its the environ mental group took the governmen ts strictest risk standard for pesti cides in food and applied it to We should have one stan and it should be the one most protective of public said Richard lead researcher and author of the By DAVID HAWKINGS Thomson News Service WASHINGTON With a surge in fundraising this sum Republican Steve Buyer has five times as much money saved for the congressional cam paigns final weeks as Democratic challenger But the balance in Beattys polit ical bank account at the beginning of this is a few hundred dollars more than what Buyer had in his war chest two years That was when Buyer was run ning an uphill challengers race against a betterfinanced incum bent in the 5th which sprawls across rural northern Indiana and counts Kokomo as its largest Buyer won an upset although he spent only twothirds as much as threeterm Democrat Jim the outgoing Howard County seized on the par allel on when he released his latest report to the Federal Election Im keeping pace with what Buyer did two years and I have a less formidable he My job now is to use the resources I have available to draw clear distinctions between myself and The congressman also provided his current campaign finance He said the comparison to 1992 was because then he had onethird as much as his opponent in the bank and had spent 1 am very pleased with where we are in this cam both whats on the FEC report and in Buyer The new reports show dona tions and expenses through And in an increasingly close race such as this the pace of fund raising and spending almost always quickens as Election Day Cashonhand with 40 days to go is not a statistic that will matter for So the congressman has kept his promise to take less than half his contributions from political action Some of the most generous included the PACs representing auto home beer the Indiana Farm the Nation al Rifle Association and Southern Indiana Gas and Electric Beatty has collected half his money from Except for from Handgun Control and each from the podia trists lobby and a group that fights Social Security the rest orthe PAC money he has received has come from The most gen erous have those been the Team Longshore electrical carpenters and construction work Campaign finances finances in the 5th congressional i for the entire through STEVE BUYER of Monticello Republican 1st term in Congress incumbent NET CONTRIBUTIONS from the GOP from the candidate Total Spending same day I8JSB 4 of Kokomo Democrat sheriff of Hward County challenger NET CONTRIBUTIONS 5 from Democratic Party Total Spending same day to candidate ;

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Publication: Kokomo Tribune

Location: Kokomo, Indiana

Issue Date: October 18, 1994

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