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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Black fallout over Coleman buries 'allowable limit' By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Government dust monitors have confirmed what the residents of Coleman already know that tons of black coal dust sifting out of the sky every month make the town an unhealthy place to live. Dust is blanketing the Crowsnest Pass town at rates far exceeding maximum allowable levels set by the Alberta department of the environment. A decade ago, parents took their children out of school to protest the unpleasant black stuff contaminating the atmosphere. Just five years ago, Coleman Collieries opened a modern coal cleaning plant built to meet environmental regulations then in force. The result? Coal dust still falls from the sky at rates' of up to 531 tons per square mile per month. That figure exceeds by more than 10 times the 45-ton per square mile maximum allowable limit set by the province for dust falls in commercial and industrial areas. The limit set for residential areas is only 15 tons of dust per square mile per month. Whipped by mountain winds, the dust descends on the town from open pit coal mines to the west. Last week, 80 miles-per-hour winds were recorded three miles west of the town at the Saratoga gas plant. Coleman is 90 miles west of Lethbridge. Monster-sized trucks taking coal from the mines pulverize untopped coal roads to produce much of the dust. Coal stockpiled outdoors at the coal-cleaning plant itself on the town's western outskirts adds to the murk. So the efforts of the company to control dust emissions from the stacks of the million plant, although largely successful, appear futile to rr inv. Well within the regulations in force when tested in 1971 and 1972, the emissions can still nearly meet new regulations four times as tough. The maximum particulate emission now allowed is 0.85 pounds per pounds of gas emitted, to be lowered to 0.2 pounds Jan. 1 next year. In 1972, tested emissions contained 0.21 to 0.24 pounds of particulate matter per pounds of gas, Jerry Lack, head of the province's air qual- ity control branch, said in a telephone interview. In 1971, the levels varied from 0.142 pounds to 0.446 pounds. But nine government dust fall stations scattered throughout the town tell a different and much dirtier story. Highest readings for the months of August through December last year were registered at a collector near the town office and another directly in the path of dust blowing eastward from the tipple. The lowest readings were registered on collectors at one end on the town's main street and in west Coleman. Of a total of 45 readings taken at all collectors over the five-month period, 24 exceeded industrial area allowable maximums of 45 tons .per square mile per month as set by the province. And 39 readings exceeded the lower residential area allowable load of 15 tons. The highs and low readings in number of tons of dust deposited per square mile per month were: August, 241 and 24; September, 202 and 17; October, 173 and nine; November, 170 and five; December, 531 and six. In Blairrnore, a short distance to the east, considerably lower levels were recorded at two government dust stations. Levels were: August, 16 and 14; September, 16 and 15; October, 10 and eight; November, 77 and 10. The monitoring equipment, checked by the Chinook Health Unit working out of Macleod, consists of plastic containers with water in the summer and alcohol in winter (to prevent The containers are left for 30 days, then t liquid is evaporated off. The remaining dust is weighed after removal of obvious foreign matter. The results are public information, Mr. Lack says. Meanwhile, Coleman Collieries is working under a March 4 deadline set by the government to find a temporary solution to the dust problem. The company has also been told by the department of environment that it has until May 1 to come up with a long-term solution. The department is aiding the search for that solution. It is funding two appraisals of costs to shift the cleaning plant with its storage area to a location outside the town. Teachers cool toward Games The LetKbtridge Herald school closing VOL. LXVII 60 LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1974 24 Pages 10 Cents By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge teachers and school boards may clash, during their contract negotiations next fall, over the issue of closing schools during the 1975 Canada Winter Games. Gerry Heck, local Alberta Teachers Association president, said today there is a "possibility" the closure could be included in the 1975 contract negotiations if the school boards attempt to force a change in the school calendar on local teachers. The school boards have presented the teachers with proposed alternatives to the school calendar that would make up for classroom time lost during a 10-day school closure for the 1975 Winter Games. A local ATA survey of teachers in the public and separate schools conducted this month showed that teachers are not prepared to accept any proposed changes to the school calendar that would shorten the Easter holiday break or extend the school year, into June. And the local ATA is not prepared to sacrifice its teacher training days, Mr. Heck indicated. "Teachers are pretty reluctant to play with the school he points out. But under their present contract, teachers do not have any control of the school year and can only lobby their case and hope the school boards will try to work out a solution agreeable to both parties. The survey also found that teachers were concerned that the school boards are viewing school closure during the Games as a vacation period for teachers when actually they will be expected by the public to be working part of the time as Games volunteers. Teacher comment on the survey suggested that the Games should be considered as an educational experience in the field for students, therefore, the time lost during school closure would not have to be made up. The school spokesman on the ATA council decided Wednesday not to appoint representatives to a school closure committee that includes representatives from the two school boards. chairman and superintendent of toe public school board will meet with their teachers Feb. 27 to discuss alternatives to the 1974-75 school calendar year. Mr. Heck said be is "most happy to see the Winter Games come to Lethbridge" and "prepared to talk about schools closing for the duration of the Games." But he doesn't feel "it is fair that somebody can play with the school calendar" by altering school holidays and removing teacher training days without first receiving complete agreement from those directly affected by the decision. and teard About town Six-year-old Bruce Stevenson, Magrath, classifying "people deers" along with white-tailed, Mack- taiied and other varieties Heather Taylor taking notes on the gossip at a baby Arctic gas 6won't serve U.S. first' TORONTO (CP) A spokesman for Canadian Arctic Gas Study Ltd. today denied a Montreal newspaper report that Arctic natural gas will be supplied to the United States market for several years after 1978 before it begins to flow to Canadians. La Presse says it has ob- tained secret documents which show that, if a proposed billion pipeline is built up the Mackenzie Valley, gas could be flowing to the U.S. in 1978 but Canada would not get any before 1984 or 1985. "We don't know of any such documents, and there is not, anything like that in what we plan to file in Ottawa next said the spokesman for the 28-company consortium which will file an application before the College hikes tuition fees Shirtsleeve weather How many Alberta youngsters can get in an after- noon game of basketball outdoors clad in just shirt- sleeves when their teachers have their annual winter convention? Ken Mclntyre, 1709-18th Ave. S-, at- tempts to sneak around Darin Chaki, 2511-19th Ave. S., in this scrimmage. Jasper residents shiver, share power Inside JASPER, Alta. (CP) The residents of this Rocky Mountain resort community were waiting today for aux- iliary generating units to sup- plement a 600-Wlowatt gener- ator that supplied power for light and heat overnight Residential areas were sup- plied overnight with power on a rotating basis to keep temperatures in homes from falling to close to IS degrees, the temperature outside. The 600-kilowatt generator was pressed into service after a fire Wednesday morning destroyed the town power plant when a hose from a tanker truck unloading fuel sprang a leak. The fuel spread to the generators and was ig- nited. Doug Evans, spokesman for Canadian Utilities Ltd., esti- mates the plant will cost f l million to replace. The power plant was operated by Alberta Power Ltd., a subsidiary of Canadian Utilities. A 500-kiJowatt unit was ex- pected to be ia operation today and other units were coming from McBritJe, B.C., Hay River, N.W.T., and Vauxhall, Alta. 'It's agreed then. We kidnap a Shiek's daughter and de- mand a gallon of gas for every American.' Classified....... 20-23 Comics............18 Comment......v. 4, 5 District............15 Family........ 16, 17 Local 13, 14 Markets...........19 Sports......... 10, 11 Theatres........... 7 TV................ 6 Weather........... 3 Youth............. 8 LOW TONIGHT HIGH FRI.. 4f; SNOWSHOWERS. Xuition fees- fo schools in Lethbridge Community ..College will be increased per semester effective this September, it was announced today. At a speciabclosed meeting of the college's board of governors Tuesday, school officials hiked the tuition fees for the schools of business, nursing and liberal education to per semester. The vote was four to three. In making the announcement, LCC information officer Gord Colledge, said the increase was a direct result of pressure from' the provincial department of advanced education. Career programs in agriculture, trades and technologies were not affected by the increase. Tuition remains at per AHC inquiry ordered EDMONTON (CP) A judicial inquiry will be conducted into the affairs of the Alberta Housing Corp., Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell announced today. Mr. Justice J. M. Cairns of the Appellate Division of Alberta Supreme Court has been appointed to head the inquiry and will begin work as soon as possible, Mr. Russell said. semester in these schools. v Mr. Colledge said Dick Johnston, chairman of the college board finance committee, told the closed meeting if the college had continued to ignore government pressure to raise tuition fees, it is possible students could face an extreme position in a few years. The tuition might have gone up drastically in the future. To avoid this possible extreme position, Johnston suggested the annual tuition increase of "because students should bear some of the costs." College President C. D. Stewart opposed the tuition increase. He told the board of governors he fears the tuition increase will cause students to migrate to career programs that cost less. He urged the board to hold back on the tuition increase until the provincial department of advanced education comes in with its own tuition fee report. No date has been set for the report. He said the board had been resisting the increase as long as the Alberta technical schools (NAIT and SAIT) are allowed to keep their tuition fees at what the LCC-board described as a "token level." A similar program of studies at NAIT and SAIT costs students only per semester compared with the new tuition fee of per semester in Lethbridge. National Energy Board to build and operate the pipeline. "That is definitely not part of our planning. By law, Cana- dians must get first priority to Canadian gas. And we still ex- pect Canadians will need Canadian gas by the end of this decade." La Presse says the documents it obtained form part of three large dossiers which pipeline promoters plan to submit to the energy board in mid-March.; t But the Canadian Arctic Gas spokesman said there is nothing in position papers and data being collected by the consortium that -suggests diversion of Arcticigas to the U.S. market completely. The Montreal newspaper says its documents show that while natural gas would start flowing through the pipeline in 1978 to the U.S. it could be seven years before any gas would be getting into the Canadian market. Canadian Arctic Gas execu- tives have consistently said the Mackenzie Valley pipeline is economically viable only if Alaskan gas is fed into it for transport to the U.S. Roughly half the line's planned capacity of four billion cubic feet of gas daily would be Alaskan gas. Kidnappers demand million HILLSBOROUGH, Calif. (AP) The terrorist kidnappers of newspaper heiress Patricia Hearst sent a new communication to her family today, apparently containing an additional demand of million for the girl's freedom. Charles Gould, a family spokesman, said, "Yes, there is a tape and some letters as well." Gould declined further com- ment but another spokesman said the tape included a mes- sage from Miss Hearst. Gould said the communication was from the Symbionese Liberation Army which claimed it abducted Miss Hearst from a Berkeley apartment 17 days ago. Auto mishap kills defence star Tim Horton Remains ofHorton's car vehicle was an Italian-made Fort! Pantera ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (CP) Tim Horton, 44-year- old defence star with Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, was killed early today when his sports car ran of f the Queen Elizabeth Way at more than 100 miles an boor. Horton was thrown from the car as it flipped over several times and was pronounced dead at the scene. Horton presumably was on his way to Buffalo after playing with the Sabres in an NHL game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto Wednesday night. Although the Sabres lost 4-2, Horton was selected as one of the game's three stars. Constable Mike Gala of the Si. Catharines police detach- ment said a sports car passed him on the Queen Elizabeth Way about a.m. at a high speed. Constable Gnla said he gave chase and docked toe car at "over 100 miles an hour." The vehicle was identified as an Italian-made Ford Pantera. The speed limit on that sec- tion of tie highway is m.p.h. The car left the highway, went on to a grass median which is about IS feet wide, rolled over several times and ended op in the westbound lane, Morton's body was found 123 feel from the car. He had been travelling alone and weather conditions were clear and dry. A native of Cochrane. Ont, Horton was selected to NHL alJstar teams six en the first team and three on the second. He was coaxed out of retire- ment just prior to this season by Buffalo general manager Punch ImladL, who bad been bis coach for many seasons in Toronto. A strong skater with a pow- erful shot, Horton played his final years as an amateur with Toronto St Michael's College in the Ontario Hockey Association Junior A Series. He turned professional with Pittsburgh Hornets of the American Hockey League in the 1949-90 season and also appeared in one game with the Maple Leafs that campaign. His first full season with To- ronto was the 1952-53 season. He played with Toronto until March 3, 1970, when he was sent to New York Rangers for forwards Guy TrotlteT and Der.is F? was drafted by Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL from New York in the intra-Jeague draft June 8, 1971, and then was drafted by Buffalo from Pittsburgh in June 5. 1972. Prior to this season, Horton had appeared in games, scoring goals and 397 as- sists. He played in 126 playoff games, with 11 goals and 39 assists. Horton was selected to the first NHL all-star team in and He was named to the second all- star team in 1953-54, 3962-63 and 196647 Horton played on four Stanley CUD "winners with Toronto, all coached by 1962-63. 1963- 64 and 3966-67. Horton is survived to? his widow. Lori, and }onr daugh- s at 51; Kim, 18; Kelly, 17 and Tracy, 13 ;