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THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE . . . WHITESBURG. LETCHER COUNTY, THURSDAY. KENTUCKY APRIL 16. 1971 Despite coal industry opposmon CONGRESSMAN HECHLER SAYS HE IS NOT RUNNING SCARED By WILLIAM CANTERBURY University of Missouri Reporting Service Washington - Rep. Ken Hech-le- r (D-Va. ) says that organized coal interests haven't forced him to "run scared. Despite continuing opposition from these groups he says he will continue to press for a total ban on strip mining of coal in the country. Speaking in his congressional office, where he has worked since 1958 , Hechler accepts philosophically the role he is playing as a kind of maverick in the battle against strip mining. Asked if he didn't think he was involved in a game of "political suicide" as he continues to concentrate on the strip ban issue, Hechler replied: "You just have to look at the way in which my district has been cannabalized--ove- r unhalf the people lost--t- o derstand the answer to that question. But there are a lot of things I can do, like teaching, writing or producing movies. I don't have to have this job, so I don't have to run scared like a lot of congressmen. " Hechler was referring to the West Virginia Mate Legislature's redisricting of the state which might cest him his job. The legislature split the Fourth congressional district Hechler represents into three parts. The Huntington congressman has termed the action "a transparent conspiracy to discriminate" and questions whether the courts would sanction the plan if it were tested. But Hechler chooses to remain seemingly unconcerned about the fate of his job. Hechler's aide said he was probably being facetious about the movie production business as an alternative to serving in Congress. "He was referring to the time he acted as an advisor for a movie about his book, 'The Bridge at Rema-ge"' "I didn't have any organized support when I first started out and Marshall University students supported me, " Hechler recalls. "It's a wonderful free feeling not to have to worry about organizational support if you favor legislation ot interest to the people, " he says. "This is why I'm no afraid of supporting any legislation which the United Mine Workers or other organized coal n. LEXINGTON'S FUTURE MAY DEPEND UPON THE PUR ITY OF THE KENTUCKY R I VER The Kentucky is a slender thread of water and Lexington's present and future depend on it. Therefore we should care for this river and cherish and protect it. We should guard the quality of its water and guard its watershed. So far we have done too little to protect the stream. It is becoming more and more polluted. There is logic in protection, but short terrn profits so far seem more important than long term gains. , There is hope, however, on the horizon. A stanpublic hearing on proposed water quality dards that will apply to all of Kentucky's streams juct interstate streams -- - was held this week in Frankfort. But if there is hope on the horizon it was equally clear at the hearing that plenty of opposition to strong interstate standards for rivers like the Kentucky. Spokesmen for a number of industries, including representatives of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, argued that an extension of the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission standards on effluent discharges would be costly to cities, which lack proper sewage treatment plants, and to industry. Industry opposes the proposal, which now applies to interstate streams, because it requires control of the quality of waste water released into streams at the point where they are released rather than within the stream itself. Most industry spokesmen want some type of standards extended to the interstate streams but they prefer a classification system which permits different standards according to stream use. A classification system in our view would be This means standards weak and unsatisfactory. would vary according to whether the stream was being used as public water supply, industrial water supply, aquatic life, recreational and ag- ricultural. What advocates of the system overlook is the fact that all water, whether it be industrially classified or aquatlcally classified, eventually It means that an industry at some flows together. point on the Kentucky River would have less stringent water standards although its waste would, evemually pass by Lexington. A much rrroie"'sensible proposal is the one advocated by Bernard Carter of the State Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. It would allow only one set of watet quality standards strict enough to protect aquatic life in all Kentucky streams. Within a few days, the Kentucky Water Pollution Control Commission will decide on the standards. The decision will have great bearing on the future of the Kentucky River since it flows entirely within the state's boundaries. Lexington needs this river for drinking water. It is more and more valuable as a source of recreation and pleasure. If we want to keep it flowing, relatively clean and useful to the majority, we've got to start protecting it. That is the responsibility facing the Water Pollution Control Commission. THE LEXINGTON HERALD 415 ot interests don't want. " His federal strip mine bill would end strip mining of coal in six months. The bill has the support of about 70 congressmen in the House and has been introduced in the Senate. Its fate in uncertain. Hechler hopes to drum up enough public support to end the strip mining of coal that gouges out the mountains and adds to pollution of the streams. "West Virginia Is a beautiful state, If we can save It. " A federal bill is needed because state efforts to control strip mining have been ineffective, Hechler says. To spark additional support for his bill from members In Congress, Hechler has Invited West Virginia Secretary of State Jay Rockefeller to Capitol Hill today (April is Earth Day, a nationwide ecological grassroots effort--t- o tell why he favors hsP asavHjll HHtisMk ' w 5J' '' '' 22)--whl- legislation in anti-strippi- West Virginia. Hechler lectured last week at West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon and Bethany College, where he planned to "say a great deal on the stripping Issue. " He says he always begins his speeches these days with "Fellow abolitionists" even though he's first to admit, "that's not being very objective--". "It's amazing so many people come out, " Hechler says of efforts to organized anti-stri- p protect such places as Laurel Run near Morgantown, W. Va. , which was threatened with stripping. Angry public response in that area forced Gov. Arch A . Moore to revoke a strip mine permit of a Pittsburgh man. "People have to get up pretty early to beat the organized Interests. There was powerful economic pressure in counties where there was strip mining to sway the state legislature" to defeat a strong anti-stri- p bill in West Virginia, Hechler said. A compromise bill now bans strip mining in only 22 counties where such mining has not begun. Hechler said the grassroots effort to drum up support for fighting the strip-co-al interests Is similar to the ongoing division between Tony Boyle of the United Mine Workers and Yablonski forces. "Many of the deep miners who are former (Joseph) Yablonski supporters and are now in the Miners for Democracy are against strip mining, he said. Leonard Panakovich, leader of the UMW in West Virginia, on the other hand "has made it quite clear he was opposed to the abolition of strip mining, " Hechler added. Contacted about the Hechler statement, a spokesman for MFD acknowledged that 'the strip ban'issue explains sortie of the differences between the two groups. But the spokesman added that since strip mining is safer for miners, "It's harder to be In favor of a total ban and It would be hard to say our men are unanimously behind Ken Hechler's bill. " "Our group would not work so hard for abolition of strip mining, but MFD is concerned about the ecological problems and stripping bare of Appala-chl- a. " The major efforts of the miners group, which is striving for reform within the UMW, have been for stricter enforcement of mine safety laws, stronger black lung provisions and for making the union's financial procedures more sound. jHBAMXCB HtsLJ?v THIS LITTLE FELLOW WAS PHOTOGRAPHED AT AN EASTER egg hunt at the Carcassone Community Center. Sorry we don't have his name. FORREST FIRES WIDESPREAD IN COUNTY Eight fires have been reported to the Forestry Service here since April 17 as the unseasonably dry spell continued through the month. The Forestry Service said its crews have been working 16 hours a day for the past three weeks to halt the fires. Open garbage dumps were cited as one of the major causes of local fires. One large fire spreading across the mountain Into the head of Rockhouse Creek burned about 100 acres. Another fire on Pine Mountain burned 15 acres. Kona had two small fires. Classes Resume Without Incident The.Jenkins school system target of a black student boycott 10 days ago, resumed normal operation this week, apparently without incident. School Superintendent Henry Ed Wright said classrooms without Incident Monday, following a week spring vacation plus an extra couple days of vacation brought on by a boycott of the schools by black high school students. Reportedly, an agreement has been reached under which seven black students previously expelled from the school will be possibly next week. Their had been a key demand in the dispute, Wind and the dry weather were major factors in the spread of fire, according to the office. One small fire near the RC Cola plant spread across the river when wind blew a burning piece of paper to the other side. Annexation From Page 1 Recent law changes will permit the city to forego taxation in areas not receiving city benefits, according to City Attorney Wiley Craft and Mayor Ferdinand Moore. If a residence Is annexed but does not receive city services, it would be changed no city taxes. Council members indicated, however, that they don't want to go ahead with annexation unless there is substantial support among residents of the areas to be affected. City dump ...From Page THE MOUNTAIN EAGLE is published every Thursday uhlleSubur8' Leteher County. Kentucky. Thil! reV, 1 and further recommends that the Justice of the Peace, County Judge and all who issue warrants state the person's name and address where these persons can be located. "The Grand Jury recommends that all minors cases should not be brought before the Grand Jury but should be disposed of in the lower courts. "The Grand Jury finds that icoholic beverages are being consumed in Letcher County as evidenced by the number of beer cans around. at 120 W. 41858. editor and publisher. Second class pos-E- 2 Vvhuesburg( Ky. subscription rates. $6 a year in $7 a year outside Kentucky. Single cents each. This is number 60 of Volume 63. copies. 15 ?J " u

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