TUESDAY, JANUARY 8, 1980 "The Paper That's Read from Cover to Cover'
OSWEGO VALLEY NEWS
Mental Health Center Asks Proof fromClients
Hundreds of people who are getting free feathers." Some people claim that their stamps gets a bill, according to Herrera. determined she was looking for food stamps.
services at the Oswego County Mental privacy is being violated by the request and The story of the food stamp seeker "We sent her a bill. Once you go through
Health Center have been asked to demon- others said they will seek legal help, he said. surfaced after one legislator asked Herrera the system, you get a bill."
strate that their income is low enough to Herrera said 600 letters were sent last whether some people who ask for mental The new billing system is the center's
qualify—and some of them are angry about month to people who pay nothing for mental help are faking. No, he said: the only person latest effort to increase its revenues. Herrera
it, Mental Health Director Michael Herrera health services. They have been asked to he could recall who was not genuinely said the center must provide emergency
said last week. show proof of their income, he said. seeking mental health services was a woman service to all, regardless of ability to pay.
Herrera told the County Legislature's Meanwhile, the efficiency of the billing looking for food stamps. However, the new system is apparently the
mental health committee that the new billing system has been increased to the point "She stood in line and filled out the first time the center has required any proof
system at the center has "ruffled some where even a confused applicant for food forms," he said. "In the interview, we of income.
DEC Turns Down Permit For Scriba Flyash Dump
By Sue Reinert Environmental Conservation in Syracuse both said that metals such as lead, the company showed lead levels in one test
State officials ruled last week that a sand said the application to use the site was manganese and iron that have been found in well that were 30 times the state limit for
pit in Scriba cannot be used for storage of rejected because "some leaching has gone drinking water wells near the sand pit do not drinking water.
flyash from the Niagara Mohawk Power on" and "there is a potential for contamina- pose a health hazard. Earlier, the DEC had said no contamina-
Corp.'s steam station in Oswego. tion if something does get out." In New York, a spokesman for Philipp tion was expected because of the low
Charles Branaugh of the Department of Branaugh and Larry Gross of the DEC Bros., the firm that applied to use the site, concentrations of metals in the ash.
said of the rejection: " I don't think it's However, the Phillipp Bros, application
earthshaking to u s . " Phillipp Bros, is a indicated that liquids could move 16 to 20
subsidiary of Phillipps Petroleum, the giant feet per day through the sandy soil at the
oil company. site.
The company was buying Niagara Mo- Branaugh said last week that more recent
hawk's ash—waste from the steam plant—to tests, of wells farther from the site, show
recover vanadium, a valuable metal, from that most of the wells meet state drinking
the ash. Tons of the flyash were stored at the water standards. One well, however, had a
Scriba sandpit for more than a year. In lead concentration four times the limit, and
addition to vanadium, the ash also contains another was at the limit.
many heavy metals such as lead. Lead is
The well with the higher lead level was
toxic at very low concentrations.
"upgrade" from the sandpit, and Branaugh
In September, 1978, the DEC found out said he had no explanation for the high
that the ash was being trucked to the Scriba reading.
site although the location was not licensed as Gross said Phillipp Bros, has been ordered
a dump. The state agency ordered Phillipp to sample the test wells onsite at six-month
Bros, to remove the ash by last September intervals for the next year to see if leaching
and to apply for a permit if it wanted to is continuing.
continue using the sand pit.
After the company applied for a permit, Branaugh said he has sent the sampling
the Oswego County Environmental Manage- results to the Oswego County Health
ment Council urged rejection, warning that Department, but did not notify the person
there was " a serious potential for ground- whose drinking water contained the highest
water contamination" at the site. Tests by lead levels.
Helping the Needy
These Salvation Army workers are shown placing vegetables, bread and meat into boxes that
were distributed to needy families in Fulton Dec. 21. The picture was taken at SA headquar-
ters that Friday morning. From left to right are: (front) Janice Hall and Beverly Doran;
(back) Shirley Thiabault and Linda Croach.
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Afternoon DECA Officers
Arrowhead Tool Builders is a young and These students in the afternoon session at the Oswego County Board of Cooperative
growing company. We encourage training Educational Services (BOCES) retail merchandising class are officers in the Oswego County
BOCES chapter of the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). From the left are:
and continued education. This is a vice-president Joann Ashline of Oswego, treasurer Christine VanDuzer of Pulaski, president
challenging field for a career minded person. Heidi MacDougall of Oswego, reporter Maureen Carney of Oswego, and secretary Linda
Clary of Oswego.
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