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Canada protests to US over holdup on acid rain

Canada accused the United States Wednesday of shirking its treaty obligations by refusing to act now to combat acid rain. In a protest note delivered to the State Department in Washington, Canada said the Reagan administration has flouted US pledges to Canada and ignored international treaties.

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The creeping pollution menace has become the biggest irritant in bilateral relations. Ottawa says a cleanup campaign should start immediately, but Washington argues that more scientific research is needed.