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$3.00 $27.50 $62.50 $112.50 $200.00 1 copy 10 copies 25 copies 50 copies 100 copies City State Zip REMEMBER THE PEOPLE’S SENATOR Senator Ralph Yarborough built a legacy that progressives everywhere can hold dear, and the Texas Observer gathered a group of memories to honor the past and challenge the future. Contributors: Sarge Carleton, Molly Ivins, Ronnie Dugger, Judge William Wayne Justice, Jim Hightower, Larry Goodwyn, David Richards, Bernard Rapoport, Dave Shapiro and Lars Eighner. Now you can collect the Texas Observer’s commemorative issue remembering Ralph Yarborough. Get a copy for yourself; give copies to friends. Send one to Lloyd Bentsen. PLUS: Willy 1.An Debbie Nathan on nan in Iowa, Satan, _ Dagoberto G’ilb on Borneo, James Galbraith on pan’s Cronies: Keating, ‘lams, & Ayn Rand Greens too .;.,7,fiy ,if ell000miese goggyeadaggessoopoillhoodshommillosomogie:10. 6 MARCH 8, 1996 Please send me copies of the Texas Observer’s February 23, 1996 issue remembering Ralph Yarborough. Name Address Send check with this ad to: Texas Observer, 307 W. 7th Street, Austin, TX 78701 In that spirit, Rollins Environmental Services says that although the new policy may not take effect as quickly as EPA expany is “getting prepared aggressively” to take advantage of the new product, whenever it becomes available. Marketing director Jack Hornberger said there is now “ample U.S. capacity” for the incineration of imported PCBs, “the maturing phase of the product line.” He expects that for various bureaucratic and political reasons, Canadian PCBs would reach the American market first, at a Toxic Substance fifty cents a pound for incineration, and he estimated that for Rollins, overall imports might account for an increase of “ten percent in annual throughput.” Hornberger spoke from Rollins’ corporate headquarters, located in Wilmington, Delaware. Meanwhile, in Channelview, Texas, 1.3 miles downwind from Rollins’ Deer Park incineration facility, LaNell Anderson described an extreme pollution crisis, of which Rollins is only a part: “there were seven hundred and fifty million pounds of emissions in East Harris County last year.” An derson says any new hazardous waste emissions are added to an already overwhelming chemical soup, and yet “there is no cumulative air monitoring. All the new estimates of health risks operate on an assumption of clean background air.” Anderson says her neighbors have numerous unexplained health problems, that she and her two sisters exhibit three distinct forms of auto-immune illness, and that the Texas Department of Health has found that the incidence of lung cancer in the area is one hundred percent higher than the national average. She said the Deer Park facility was also recently found to be burning, supposedly unaware, radioactive wastes, and that in public meetings the company mainly seems concerned to convince citi zens that “it’s better than the cement kilns.” After long experience battling the haz ardous waste industry \(as well as their tax son says bluntly that company spokesmen are “less than honest.” She credits the in dustry and their petrochemical allies with producing “dead cities” in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Texas Cityan area known as the “Cancer Belt,” where the risk of cancer has for many years been far higher than the state aver age. If they are unopposed, she says, “they will make Houston a dead city too.” Righteously angry as she is, LaNell Anderson also provided an “economic” analysis of the newly-announced PCB policy, although it is less theoretical than the one favored by the EPA. She describes the decision to import PCBs, and the corporations which will both manage and benefit from the waste incineration, as “totally driven by greed. Their logic repeatedly justifies dumping carcinogens on people, in order to benefit one thing: their bottom line. And their bottom line does not equate to public health.” Any new hazardous waste emissions are added to an already overwhelming chemical soup, and yet…”all the new estimates of health risks operate on an assump tion of clean background air.”