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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - March 2, 1990, Biddeford, Maine Clean air Bill catching criticism from All sides by Hibbs associated press Washington a a new agreement on sweeping air pollution controls is expected to ease Senate passage of the measure although the Accord with the White House is prompting criticism from environmentalists and Industry a not to mention some senators. Senate leaders and the Bush administration announced agreement thursday on the most contentious parts of the Bill including controls on acid rain automobile emissions and toxic chemical releases by Industry. A we have reached agreement on sound and comprehensive legislation that expands and strengthens the clean air Laws and have done it in the most Cost effective Way possible a a declared Senate majority Leader George Mitchell a Maine. Mitchell said he plans to bring the Bill to the Senate floor monday. Senate minority Leader Bob Dole called the proposal a a giant step Forward a in improving Federal air pollution Laws for the first time in 13 years. President Bush urged senators to move swiftly to pass the measure. He had called the original Senate clean air Bill too expensive and at one Point suggested he might veto it if Congress passed it. A president Bush is extraordinarily pleased with the agreement. It is a Milestone an enormous step Forward a a said Roger Porter the presidents chief Domestic policy adviser and head of the administration team that helped negotiate the agreement. Although not As Tough As the original Senate Bill the Compromise Calls for Broad ranging new air pollution controls on automobiles factories and electric Power plants. It Aims to a Cut in half the acid rain pollutants from Coal burning electric Power plants by the end of the decade. Annual Fulfur dioxide releases would be Cut by to million tons by 2000. A tighten automobile emission controls so that hydrocarbon emissions Are Cut by one fifth and nitrogen oxides by nearly two thirds. The two emissions Are key components of Urban smog. A require Industry for the first time to install the Best available technology to control the release of 192 toxic chemicals including a on strike greyhound Drivers walk off Over wages by John a. Bolt a business writer greyhounds 6,300 Drivers went on strike Early today at the nations Only nationwide bus company stopping their buses outside terminals and stranding thousands of travellers. The walkout Over wages began after contract talks in Scottsdale ariz., Between greyhound lines inc. And the amalgamated Council of greyhound local unions failed to reach an agreement by the 12 01 . Most strike deadline. No new negotiations were scheduled. A we went on strike because the company has refused to bargain in Good Faith and we have struck because the company insisted on imposing its original offer said Union spokesman Jeffrey Nelson. Besides the 6,300 Drivers 3,075 maintenance workers whose three year contract expired at Midnight Are on strike. Dallas based greyhound carried 22 million passengers last year an average of about 60,000 a Day. Some customers stranded at terminals across the country complained that greyhound Hadnot warned them before they bought their tickets. The Union told its Drivers to continue Only As far As their next destination As the strike deadline passed. The company said it did no to know How Many passengers were stranded but estimated the number in the thousands. Greyhound said it would operate a limited schedule today using replacements hired and trained during the past few weeks and any employees willing to Cross picket lines. It said it hoped to offer full service by the end of the month. A we will give preference to mainline service connecting major Urban centers a said greyhound a Wiwi photo greyhound bus Drivers carry protest signs As they March around the greyhound bus station in Dallas Early this morning. Vice president p. Anthony Lannie the company a chief negotiator. Amtrak told ticket agents to Honor greyhound tickets when buses Are unavailable Railroad spokeswoman sue Martin said in Washington d c. Greyhound serves about 9,500 destinations including about 9,000 where it is the Only intercity transportation. It offers a $68 one Way ticket anywhere in the country and generally caters to people seeking the cheapest form of mass transit. Only nine of the normally scheduled 40 greyhound buses left the port authority terminal in new York City Between 6 . And Midnight so that All passengers would reach their final destinations said greyhound spokesman Bill Kula. At the Atlanta greyhound station about 200 stranded passengers slept watched television or chatted. Mercedes Richmond said the strike interrupted her return to Milwaukee from Orlando fla., with her 3v2-year-old son Arlo. A they did no to even Tell us about the strike when we bought tickets a she said. When they arrived in Atlanta the Driver a just said a everybody off a and a told us not to ride with Mike Williamson of Lexington ky., who said he was going to fort Myers fla., to Start a Job complained that greyhound offered no refunds. A they knew about this ahead of time and they could have told us when we bought our tickets a he said. A this is ridiculous they done to seem like they care too in Dallas More than 40 pickets encircled the downtown bus terminal and blocked two incoming greyhound buses cheering when the Drivers abandoned their vehicles. Quake makes californians fear the a big one Upland Calif. A Southern californians bounced by the largest make to hit the Region in More than to years were sweeping up the Amage and fretting that the temblor As but a rattle compared with the big City Council members in Pomona hardest hit of several areas struck y wednesdays earthquake a said Ley would meet today to request lat gov. George Deukmejian assist Lem in obtaining Federal or state ads to repair an estimated $10 Lillion in damage in their City. The state office of emergency services said thursday the quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale caused at least $12.7 million damage in the cities of Claremont Pomona la Verne Chino Ontario Rancho Cucamonga Montclair and Upland and the counties of los Angeles Riverside and san Bernardino. The figure a is very preliminary based on information provided by cities and counties a said Mike Guerin of the Oes. The quake Felt along the coast from san Diego to Santa Barbara and As far East As Las vegas was entered on an unnamed fault three Miles Northwest of this City 40 Miles East of los Angeles. It toppled scores of chimneys shattered hundreds of windows and collapsed one buildings Wall but remarkably caused no major injuries or deaths. Dozens of smaller aftershocks have rattled the area since there was no official estimate of the number of injured other than a several dozen from the Oes. The most serious injuries officials said were a few broken Bones. Only one person a Pomona Man was known to have been left homeless by the quake. But the temblor spurred renewed Calls for Southern californians to prepare for the so called a big one a a catastrophic earthquake measuring Between 7.5 and 8 on the Richter scale of ground motion. A 1988 . Geological Survey report said that a quake that size is at least 60 percent Likely by the year 2018 on the Southern san Andreas fault. Bush Kaifu talks to Lay base for better Trade arrangement Cash or 10-Day credit same Low Price Washington a . And japanese negotiators face a series of deadlines on contentious Trade issues and the rhetoric is heating up on both sides of the Pacific As president Bush meets with prime minister Toshiki Kaifu. Japanese officials Are complaining of High handed . Demands while american officials Are warning of retaliatory measures if the japanese do not Grant concessions to reduce the huge Trade imbalance Between the two nations. The Trade dispute was expected to be at Center stage when Bush welcomed Kaifu in Palm Springs Calif., this afternoon for two Days of talks. While no significant breakthrough was considered Likely . Officials hoped the Bush Kaifu discussions would at least Lay the groundwork for Progress As the negotiations proceed at a lower level in coming months. There is a growing impatience with Japan especially among democrats in Congress who Point to new government figures showing that Japan accounted for almost half of americans $108.6 billion Trade deficit last year. The deficit with Japan remained stuck at $49 billion Little changed from a $51.8 billion imbalance the year before. A Congress is getting tired of the games they play. We can t crack their markets a rep. Marty Russo d-ill., told . Trade representative Carla Hills at a hearing this week. The japanese Are upset about being singled out for americans Trade problems Many of which they believe Are a product of . Inability to compete on International markets. On the Campaign Trail Kaifu blasted Congress for a raising a sword against the japanese on Trade issues. Dead River com Pany .72�?T i Quot per gallon 24 hour Burner service dead River company 635-c Elm Street a Biddeford 283-1404 apply for credit approval Normal deliveries monday thru saturday variety of carcinogens. Plants would have to impose further controls to meet new a health based requirements if the cancer risks Are at a certain level to people living near a Plant. A require a Broad Range of Industry to curb smog causing pollutants. However environmentalists complained that the Compromise weakened major portions of the original Senate Bill. A the Back room dealing has generated bad deals for the american people a complained Richard Ayres chairman of the National clean air coalition which is lobbying on clean air issues for various environmental organizations. Fred Krupp executive director of the environmental defense fund added a powerful special interests have succeeded in rigging the game in their the agreement eliminated an automatic second round of tailpipe emission controls for cars although such controls still could be used under some circumstances. It exempted thousands of Small businesses from tougher smog control requirements in the original Bill. Panel ready to approve $65b health care plan Knight Ridder newspapers Washington a a congressional commission is on the Brink of approving an ambitious and controversial plan to require health insurance coverage for every american and greatly expand the Federal governments role in paying for nursing Home care. A Central premise of the plan which will be voted on Friday is that everyone in the nation regardless of income has a right to receive Basic health care. According to a draft obtained by Knight Ridder newspapers key features would h require employers to either provide health insurance for employees and their dependents or pay a tax that would fund a government insurance program for them. A provide Federal funding for 80 percent of the Cost of nursing Home care for the first three months of the care. A impose strict rules on the health insurance Industry to prohibit the denial of insurance to workers with health problems. The plan which would Cost More than $66 billion in new Federal spending if fully implemented is the product of months of closed door negotiations by the Pepper commission a group of influential members of Congress and health policy experts. Named after the late rep. Claude Pepper d-fla., the 15-member commission was created by Congress to recommend ways to revamp the nations health care system. Its proposals Are expected to be the starting Point for what could be a years Long Battle in Congress Over health care Reform. Most analysts do not expect Congress to approve any major changes in health policy before next year. Some republicans on the commission have indicated they will vote against the plan Friday morning when the panel is scheduled to Complete its work on the document. But it is expected to win enough support from democrats on the panel to permit commission chairman sen. Jay Rockefeller. D-w.va., to release the plan Friday afternoon. Congressional aides cautioned however that the vote May be close and said it is not certain that the plan will be approved. The Bush administration is opposed to the plan and is expected to sharply denounce it. The objections Are not surprising in some respects the recommendations developed by the Pepper commission resemble the Campaign proposals of 1988 democratic presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Business groups and the insurance Industry have also signalled that they will work against the recommendations. Left unresolved in the plan is the critical Issue of How the government would pay for the new health care benefits. The plan is divided into two main sections one addressing the problem of the estimated 32 million americans without health insurance and the other dealing with the difficulties that the elderly face in paying for nursing Home care and other forms of Long term care. 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