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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, January 30, 1987, Image 2

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twoJ thk •fe&fttnaay;, timlaiY' so: iru\7 NeWs Brieft- water board takes action in Corthind ;...- ..... The Cortland water Board has hired a New Jersey corn}>any to build a water treatment plant to remove industrial solvents that threaten the city's water supply. The plant, which will cost more than $713,000, will be built by Hydro-Group, Inc., of Bridgewater, N.J. · The water board voted unanimously Monday·night to hire the company, after reaffirming,.its Jan. 14 declaration that the city's water contaminatiop. prpblem is a state of emergeRc~.· State and local health officials have. $aid the city's water supply is· being invaded by growing levels of trichloroethylene, or T~E, a suspected carcinogenec, and other chemical solvents. The contamination has been flov.ring in a northeasterly direction from Cortlandville, where it wa.S discovered in more than two dozen private wells, and has af- fected an aquifer that supplies water to 75 percent of Cor- tland County's r~idents. ~fficials ~ontend the contamination is com,ing from the nearby Smith-Corona business machine manufacturing plant. The company has denied responsibility. Last month, the state Attorney General's Office and the state Department- of Environmental Conservation filed a lawsuit against Smith-Corona, seeking reimbursement f()r the cost of the cleanup and the water treatment plant's construc- tion. Andre W. Zienkiewicz, a spokesman for the New Jersey company, said Hydro-Group could design and build the vlant and have it ready for operation within six months. The <:om- pany, which was hired to study the contamination last fall, has built about 60 water treatment plants across the nation, he said. Two kidl}apped in West BeJrut store JJy RIMA SALAMEH Associated Press Writer . . BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Gunmen kidnapped two- men believed to be foreigners from a store in Moslem west Beirut, dragged them by their hair to a getaway car and sped ()ff. A store employee said the victims spoke broken Englis~ and might be Poles. Most universities and high schools in the L~banese caj:'ital staged a one-day strike to. protest the abdqction of three Americans and one Indian from Beirut University College on Saturday by gunmen disguised as police. Saturday's abduction rai~ed to 23 _the number of foreigners missing after being kidnapped in Lebanon, in~ludin¥ eig~lt seized since Anglican Church envoy .Terry Wrute arnved m Beirut on Jan. 12 to seek the release of hostages. Waite remained out of sight for a seventh straigl:lt day Monday, the longest he has bee.n und~rg~ound in five trips to Le6anon: He was thought to be negotlatmg for the release of two American hostages held since 1985. The Reagan administration, in a statement read by White House spokesman Larry Speakes in Washington, condem~ed the latest wave of kidnappings as a declaration of war agamst civilization but told Americans to get out of Lebanon, warn- ing \thereis a limit to what our government can do\ for them. · Police said four gunmen grabbed two men form an office · equipment store in the Sana yen residential district at 11:30 a.m · Monday. Reagan reveals all By TERENCE HUNT · Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan, silent for weeks on the Iran arms sale scandal, imswere<l \all questions\ Monday from an investigative committee about authorizing secret weapon shipments to T.ehran, the White House said. Reagan met for 76 minutes with the three-member commit- tee he named Nov. 26 to probe the actions of' the National Security Council staff following disclosure that profits from secret arms sales to Iran were diverted to Contra rebels in Nicaragua. It was the third time Reagan had discussed the Iran in- itiative with any outside group. \In the course of the rneeting the president answered all of the panel's questions,\ a White House statement said. \The wide-ranging review inchtded the develop~ent of policy in relation to lran, the factual history of the president's role in the Iran initiative and the U.S. foreign policy process in general.'' The statement said the group, known· formally as the Special Review Board, will meet agian with Reagan a.t- his in- vitation. , · · It was not known whether the president cleared up confu- sion resulting from contradictory statements by current and former White House- aides about when he first authorized arms shipments to Iran. · Robert C. McFarlane, Reagan;s Jormer nat.ional security• adv~_ser, h~s told Congress that the r>.r.esident had 'given prior approval for the first Israeli shipment .pf U.S. arms to Iran in August-1985. · · · · However, White H.ouse chief of staff Donald T. R~gan has .said Reagan did 'not approve the sbipqtent ··in advance, and At.tq.rney o·eneral Edwin Meese III said the 'presi~ent approv- ed it only when he learned of it after the· fact. CoT'tland FitJure Skarin8 Club preserzts SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 7 at B P:M. SUNDAY. FEBRUARY 8 at 3 P.M. FER ICE ARENA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGEJ AT CORTLAND ''PiPe and lee'' DONA TION~$3.00 Advance Sale: SJ')(J at the door. Juntors S-12 $2.00 and $2.'>0. Ch~drO':n under ~ lree Ticlcets available at ChapJ>\ll's Dept. Store. Cullen Sportu~ Goods. Chamber o£ Co111nw>\<e. und !rom Club Membar& - TRANSITION OETR Katharyn Machan Aal_ Diane Sudol '. Friday, 'February. 6; 8p.m. Brockway Hall S.U.N.Y.· Cortland· , . SPRING READING SERIES 1987

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