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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 6, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                Fish Bowl Era" Over at Nuclear Plant; Even Arnold Needs Badge By Phyllis Fleming Nobody enters the Duane Arnold Nuclear Energy center near Palo without the proper badge, and that includes Duane Arnold. The badge Arnold, chair- man of the board and pres- ident of Iowa Electric Light and Power, wears clears him for the administration build- ing without an escort. If he Wants to go elsewhere in the building he must have an es- cort. This gives an indication of the kind of security that exists at the plant as it nears com- "mercial operation. Arnold said, '.'Now, with fuel going'into it, the fish bowl era is at an end. Public access to the plant is over." Reporters Visit Reporters visiting the plant Tuesday to watch the loading of nuclear fuel which started last Wednesday got a taste of that security. Everyone filled out two forms one gave personal in- formation such as date of birth, age, social security home address, firm represented; the other asked if you had ever been exposed to radiation. Each reporter and photo- grapher then got a badge with a visitor designation which meant that they had to be es- corted at all times. Once outside the adminis- tration portion of the building, hard hats were required wear. Required Wear In the area of the reactor it- self everyone had to wear the following garb: yellow Cover- alls, rubbers on the feet, white cap on the head, thin white gloves. Pens, notebooks, cameras and lights had to be tied to had to be secured with a band across the back of the head; all loose items had to be removed from pockets. A clip which moni- tors radiation went into a pock- et of the coveralls. All this care is designed to keep things from falling into the fuel chamber when people bend over to look into the cav- ity. If something had fallen in, loading of fuel would have stopped until it was found and removed. Though with escorts, report- ers moving into the reactor area went through one securi- ty check. Coming out of the immediate reactor area, hands and feet were checked for possible radiation. Two More Checks Each went through two more radiation checks and checked out through the secu- rity officer before returning to the administration portion of Debra Oagan Heads U, I. Student Senate IOWA CITY The University of Iowa Student Senate Tuesday elected Debra Cagan of Dubu- que as its president by a 14 to 6 vote. Cagan, a representative of the Better Days party, defeated In- dependent Keith Gormezano and Jim Balmer, a candidate from the Progressive Liber- tarian party, the conservative party on campus. Miss Cagnn's election followed last week's Student Senate elec- tion in which the liberal Better Days party turned back a major conservative attempt to gain control of the student senate. The liberals gained ten seals, the conservatives five seats and the five other scots went to in- dependent candidates. Whal. kind of sale nre you having basement, ntllc, Classified Ad! 308-0231 Ihe building. The badge was turned in just before leaving the building. The chance to take a good look at the loading process was worth going through the security process; Loading of the 368 fuel bun- dles is expected to be com- pleted later this week. As the pictures indicate the bundles were lowered by machine into the cavity, which contained about 12 feet of water. Each bundle had to go into a certain of varying fuel enrichments in the rods. Start Next Week Next week a highly radioac- tive device will be moved into the reactor tO'Start Unsafely. The device is currently being stored in a id-ton leaded cask. The storage cavity will be flooded, it will be removed from: the' cask mechanically and moved under water into the reactor which will also be filled with water. it is in place, control rods will be withdrawn and the first chain reaction should Jake place. An Atomic Energy commission, crew will be oh hand to see this. More power tests will fol- low. Actual generation of elec- tricity on a trial basis is ex- pected in the April, with com- mercial generation hopefully, in May. While, under construction the Palo plant has been the object of numerous hearings and has generated both praise and "criticism. The latter'has come from persons who worry about the possible dangers in- volved in having a nuclear plant close to a populated area and those who worry about the effects such a plant might have on the environ- ment. Cordova Problem In comments related to the first concern, IE officials Tuesday referred to an explo- sion at the Quad Cities nu- clear power plant near Cor- dova, 111. The explosion occurred Sat- urday in a gaseous waste treatment system. It blew out a filter but released no mea- surable radiation, according to Commonwealth Edison and the AEC. lE's Jerry Ward said that pipes through which these, non-condensable slightly' ra- dioactive gases move are de- signed to handle explosions. He said they are stronger and have rupture discs. Potential Reduced He said he thinks a charcoal system used in the IE plant to reduce the radioactivity in the gases' reduces the potential for such small explosions. Ward said similar explo- sions have happened some 12 times at plants around the country. He said the AEC in- vestigates each explosion as a matter of course. As indicated earlier the days of the public visiting the plant as some of them did during construction are over. IE, expects to close to the public the road leading to the plant later this year. Only employes and author- ized visitors will be admitted and the number or lack of it on each badge will indicate where each person can go without an escort. Only those with No. 1 on their badge will have unlimited access to all portions of the plant. No. 2 Badge those with-No. 2 on" their badges can go most places in the plant. And only those wearing a No. 2 badge can act as escorts. Arnold definitely sees the nuclear plant as a necessity. He said, "The only way to sustain and improve our way of life is to have an adequate .source of energy. In Iowa there are only two coal and nuclear." He see's a mix of the two .as the best solution for the future. He doesn't foresee a cutting down in the use of electricity; instead he sees a doubling of the use. "I think are head- ing into an electric economy I want Iowa to have an abiih dant supply of electricity Young people can't improve their way of' life without en ergy." The plant, now estimated ti cost million, is owned bj three' power companies: 71 percent by IE; 20 percent bj Central Iowa Power Coopera live of Marion and Creston and Corn Belt Power Coopera five of Humboldt. Super Fast Cooking Super Convenience General Electric Microwave Cooking Center With The Oven System The Only Self-Cleaning Oven System In America Today That Lets You: Cook Super Fast With Microwave Energy Cook Conventionally Cook Both Ways At Once: Microwaves for Super Speed, Conventionally (or Browning PLUS-The oven cleans llsolf super clean, electrically, for about a dime. ONLY Start onjoylhg yours now! Open AH Day Saturday open Man. Thurs 'til 9 pm 106 2nd Ave.S.W. 363-0283 Waif and of Second Avenuo Bridge 59995 Iltcris THIS LINEUP shows par- sons who participated In the press tour of the plant Tues- day looking down into tho reactor, chamber as nuclear fuel was being loaded. All wear the required garb for tho reactor area. The Cedar Rapids Gazette: Wed., Mar. 6, 1914 Manager Form Is Rejected in Burlington Vole BURLINGTON (AP) In a heavy turnout Tuesday, Burling- ton citizens voted io return (he city's government to tho com- mission form, replacing council- manuger system. The result was 4.411 in favor of the commission form to for the current council-manager system or about 55 percent in favor of a change. The new municipal govern- ment plan will go into effect in January, 197C. The cily hml a commission form of government from 1910 through 1967 when it was de- feated by an 82-vote margin. Tuesday's election was the result of an Iowa supreme court ruling handed down in January. The court ruled it would have been legal to hold a referendum on changing the form of govern- ment in the fall of 1972. Two groups Citizens to Pro- tect Our Freedoms and Citizens for a Greater Burlington had appealed a lower court decision after the city government said the new Iowa home rule act an election could not be held before the fall of 1973. Under the commission plan, one commissioner will be may- or in charge of public affairs and four other commissioners would supervise parks, public safety, streets and finance. The commissioners would be em- ployed lull time The election to select the five commissioners will be held In the fall of 1975. The city cur- rently has a five-member coun- cil with members serving part time. Include the price for faster results when you advertise in the Classified Ads Feed the Birds what is a KILMAN BONUS? .A WEEKLY SERIES OF" SENSA-. TIONAL .VALUES PLANNED IM COOPERATION WITH ONLY THt "SST OF MANUFACTURERS. EACH IONUS ITEM MEETS OUR RISID STANDARDS OF OUAllTY AND WILL IE SOLD AT LOW' IONUS PRICES ONLY. WHILE SPECIAL 9UANTITIES LAST. Special Purchase! 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