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Hooker Corp. Aug. 7 offered to help pay for a ditch to drain the dump. The company, which had made no secret that the site was a toxic waste dump, disclaimed any liability for damages. New York Gov. Hugh L. Carey said Aug. 7 the state would join with the federal government "on a 50-50 basis" to pay for cleaning up the area. The state also purchased the houses of residents wanting to move. By April 12, 1979, some 235 of 239 families in the area had moved. Hooker Corp. had known as early as 1958 of the seepage of the toxic chemicals, according to data released April 10, 1979 by the House Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight & Investigations.

Citing vinyl chloride, he wrote: In the early 1970s, for example, chemical manufacturers announced that a proposed federal standard on vinyl chloride, a proven cause of cancer, could cost 2 million jobs and $65 billion to $90 billion. "The standard is simply beyond the compliance capability of the industry," their trade association declared. ,pted and the industry has fiourfshed-without any job losses and at a cost that is one-twentieth of the original industry estimate. 1008) Synonyms: BCME dimethyl-1,1-dichloroether bis-CME sym-dichloro-dimethyl ether chloro(cholromethoxy)methane sym-dichloromethyl ether chloromethyl ether Description: Colorless liquid with a suffocating odor.

Asbestos, sprayed on ceilings and walls, had been used extensively in the past for insulation, fireproofing and soundproofing. Such uses had been banned in school construction by the EPA in 1973. The EPA was operating a program for inspection of schools by local authorities for asbestos dangers. But, according to the Defense Fund, only 6,333 of the nation's 87,000 public schools had been inspected thus far. The Defense Fund said 15% of the schools inspected had been found to contain potentially dangerous asbestos.

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