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NEED A CLEAN-AIR BILL THAT DOESN'T DESTROY JOBS, NIELSON SAYS

Rep. Howard Nielson, R-Utah, called Wednesday for Congress to fashion a new clean-air bill that will protect public health without unduly destroying factory jobs.

"The problem in Utah County (with its Geneva steel plant) is a perfect example of the very difficult issues we face as policy makers in dealing with the task of reauthorizing the Clean Air Act," Nielson said. "In the simplest of terms, it is the task of balancing between jobs and local economies and the public health."He made those comments as a House Health and Environment subcommittee was finishing two days of hearings on reauthorizing the Clean Air Act.

During that hearing, Nielson said he and his colleagues have the first congressional opportunity to deal legislatively with the problems of "PM-10," the extremely small airborne particles less than 10 microns in size.

Such particles pass through natural filters in the nose and penetrate deeply into the lungs. Sources for them include dirt, soot and smoke.

His performance has been so impressive that Pullins described DeSilva as the best pro pitching prospect the Cougars have ever had. "John has all the tools. He is a good athlete, has a big heart and it goes without saying that he has a great arm," says Pullins.

Statistics back up the accolades. DeSilva has a phenomenal 130 strikeouts in 107 innings pitched and he has walked just 52.

South Alabama, 43-20, is making its fourth tourney appearance in seven years. Leading the way is preseason All-America Mike Mordecai, who bats .374 and has eight homers.

The teams have never met. The only familiar opponent in the six-team Central Regional is UNLV, a team the Cougars beat two of three times at the start of the year.

Other games Thursday are Texas A&M vs. Jackson State at 7 p.m. and LSU vs. UNLV at noon.

This marks BYU's seventh NCAA Regional appearance, and second at-large invitation. History doesn't favor the Cougars' odds, as BYU is 4-12 in Regional play and has never won a first-round game.

The BYU-South Alabama game will be aired tape-delayed at 7:05 p.m. on KSRR (1400-AM) in Provo.