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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday. DtCtmbtr 21. 1974 THE LETHBRIRGE HERALD 37 Doomsday gang took over in '74 OTTAWA (CP) The envi- ronment was pushed out of the limelight in 1974 by relative newcomers to the Doomsday energy and inflation. But environmentalists, con- vinced that their concerns are too vital to be kept in the wings, published new evi- dence which, while still in- conclusive, suggests in- dustrial society is out of tune with Mother Nature. Some ot the findings her- alded 1975 as the year of the chemical assault on human health. Researchers forged links between human cancers and numerous environmental pollutants such as vinyl chlo- ride, plastics components, ar- senic, asbestos, ozone and aerosol propellents Robert Shaw, federal dep- uty minister of the environ- ment, put the situation in per- spective in a recent interview. Five to 10 years ago, politi- cians and the public started listening to concerned scien- tists and financed their envi- ronmental research, he said Now the research results are beginning to show A confessed optimist, Mr. Shaw said his optimism has been sorely tested in his job as the senior civil servant in charge of environmental im- provement Researchers scrutinizing the landscape found new po- tential hazards in some drink- ing-water supplies The high cancer rate in New Orleans was linked with that city's water, which comes from one of the most chemically pol- luted rivers in the world, the Mississippi A recent booklet from Mr Shaw's department, called The All-Canadian Cleanup, notes eight Canadian river ba- sins are "in real pollution a fact not missed by Try Before You Buy UP TO 30-DAY TRIAL ON YOUR DOCTOR'S RECOMMENDATION fJjJjMAICO SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RIPLEY OPTICAL 6183rdAve S Phone 328-5447 government health officials who have recommended a na- tional drinking-water survey. Ironically, the possible can- cer-causing compounds are apparently formed during the chlorination process intended to rid drinking water of dis- ease organisms. Other evidence, including some produced by the federal atmospheric environment ser- vice in Toronto, suggests that the freons used as propellants in aerosol cans are destroying the protective ozone layer m the upper atmosphere. Scientists say too little ozone in the upper atmos- phere will allow cancer-caus- ing ultraviolent light to pene- trate the earth's protective envelope with greater in- tensity. Aerosols were in the news again in December when U.S. researchers warned that com- pounds of zirconium should not be used in anti-perspirant sprays because they may cause respiratory disease. Then there was the vinyl chloride scare. Last spring, at a Royal Society of Canada symposium, Dr Robert Ouel- lette of the Mitre Corp., a Washington-based environ- mental agency, warned that a potentially disastrous pollu- tion threat is mounting from the largely uncontrolled use of organic compounds. Shortly afterward one of those compounds, vinyl chlo- ride, was implicated in the deaths of several American industrial workers from a rare and deadly form of liver cancer known as angiosar- coma. As many as people around the world are exposed to the vinyl chloride danger, some of them in Canada Health officials here are ex- pected to introduce regu- lations prohibiting use of the substance in materials for food packaging Also linked to cancer is ar- senic which may be breathed by workers m the production of pesticides, glass, ceramics, metal alloys and oil products The federal government, recognizing there is too little control over the estimated 000 chemical compounds known to be toxic to humans, introduced an environmental contaminants bill in the Com- mons late in November Can a person who never took a lesson in his life make his own kind of music with a SAXAPHONE, VIOLINS DRUMS, MARIMBA, GUITAR, BANJO, PIANO or more Tonight? 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The World Almanac's complete index directs you immediately to the name, date, place, fact or figure you're looking for, whether you're looking for history, government, nations of the world, economics, space, Zip Codes, election results, societies and Academy Awards, celebrated persons, just about everything. Get your copy of The 1975 World Almanac and Book of Facts today, priced at just If you prefer to pick up your copy, The World Almanac is available at The Lethbridge Herald Business Office for per copy. I I L. Clip and mail this handy order form for your copy of The World Almanac. Please mail copies of The World Almanac. I am enclosing 75 (cheque or money order) plus 35e for handling and mailing charges for each copy NAME ADDRESS CITY Mail to: fhc Lcthbridgc Herald P.O Box 670, Lethbridge I I ;