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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina County Public County Public Sports Morrison Making Changes At USC Page 3B A Quick Read SC Aiken County Show Economic Gain South Carolina set an all time re cord with billion of economic de velopment activity in 1988 Governor Carroll A Campbell Jr announced today And Aiken County ranked second in a county by county list of 1988 capital investments Aiken County totaled while Richland County ranked first with Campbell said that more than 19000 jobs would be created in the state as a result of the record year of activity For the second year in a row weve experienced record economic development he said This is sure ly no accident What we have said to the rest of the nation and the world is We want your business were ready to do business And they have responded enthusiastically to our message Capital investment in 1988 was the highest since the state began keeping records in 1950 and was 53 percent higher than the previous record of billion in 1982 Investments were billion higher than last year he said Included in the figures are the manufacturing warehouse and dis tribution office and headquarters and research and development sectors South Carolina experienced a five year high of billion in capital in vestments in 1987 leading all 17 states that comprise the southern in dustrial development council The number of new jobs 22515 set a 22 year record for the state Campbell said the smaller number of new jobs announced for 1988 dem onstrated a shift toward capital in vestment industries most notably Union Camp and Willamettes new paper mills and the expansion of the states existing industrial base Fully 79 percent of the announced investment came from businesses al ready in the state Fiftyeight percent of the new jobs were from existing businesses Weather More Rain Expected Today will be cloudy and rainy with a high near 60 Tonight will be cloudy with a 90 percent chance of rain The low will be near 40 Satur day will be mostly cloudy and cooler with a high near 50 and a low in the upper 30s Please see details on Page 8A Deaths Janet R Abney Saluda Herma Amaden Aiken Robert E Clark North Augusta Osma S Holley Wagener Mary W May Greenwood Lumachia P Williams Columbia HO Wilson Fairfax George H Wood II Gloverville Please see details on Page 5A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5C 6B 1C 6A 6C 4C 6A 1B 5A 4A 3B 6A 8A Page 2A 88 Retail Sales Reach 4YearHigh Page IB Bigger Named Citizen Of Year In NA Friday January 131989 Aiken South Carolina Vol 122 No 12 Report Suggests Expansion At SRP By KATHY KADANE and PAUL M RODRIGUEZ States News Service WASHINGTON The Savannah River Plant could take on new weapons work according to a new government report that urges Congress to appropriate billion in coming decades to modernize facilities and clean up waste within the nations nuclear weapons complex The Department of Energy report which calls for upgrading equipment and 2010 Report cleaning up wastes at DOE weapons sites nationwide identifies the SRP as a po tential site for work now done at DOE plants in Colorado and Ohio The report released Thursday by the White House also calls for repair and startup of three idled production reactors at the SRP and urges construction of a new multibillion dollar nuclear produc tion reactor at the site Savannah River where all three oper able reactors have been shut down for safety improvements since last summer is the sole US source of tritium a per ishable gas critical to the manufacture of nuclear weapons Authors of the report said assurance of an uninterrupted tritium supply in cluding provision for a tritium contingen cy must be given highest priority in planning the modernization of the weap ons complex They cited the Savannah River Plant as a cornerstone of the US weapons materials production program and said repairs to the plants reactors must be adequate to allow operators to increase power levels of the reactors and de crease unscheduled maintenance outage time in order to assure production of nuclear materials for the military The report which is nonbinding on Presidentelect Bush proposes to trans fer work from three DOE plants to other weapons sites The three are the Rocky Flats plant near Denver and the Mound and Feed Materials Production Center in Ohio Rocky Flats and FMPC work with pluto nium and uranium while Mound primar ily makes bomb detonators Along with the SRP candidates to re ceive that work are Idaho National Engi neering Laboratory and the Pantex plant in Texas the report said Please See REPORT Page 3A DOE Report Suggests Alternative To NPR AP Laserphoto INTRODUCED New Energy Secretary retired Adm James Watkins was introduced Thursday by Presidentelect George Bush For details please see Page 3A By LES BLUMENTHAL The Associated Press WASHINGTON An unreleased De partment of Energy report concludes that a linear accelerator could produce one of the key ingredients in nuclear weapons more cheaply quickly and safe ly than new production reactors could Such an accelerator would produce far less radioactive waste than a nuclear re actor and should be more readily ac ceptable to the public according to a draft summary of the report obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday The US supply of tritium a radioac tive gas used to produce nuclear war heads is threatened by the crumbling condition of the Energy Departments existing weapons plants and reactors The report prepared by scientists at the Brookhaven and Los Alamos national laboratories and at WestinghouseHan ford Co in Washington state concluded that an accelerator could produce enough tritium to meet all US weapons needs An accelerator is essentially a long tunnel in which subatomic particles are whipped at high speeds until they crash The board concluded that these technologies were not mature enough to pro vide new production capaci ty in the next 10 to 12 years DOEs Chris Sankey into a target in this case lithium clad in aluminum The resulting collision pro duces tritium According to the report using such an accelerator to make tritium would not produce any longlived nuclear wastes and costs associated with safety and en vironmental concerns should be minimal In addition it said an accelerator does not have the licensing require ments associated with nuclear reactors and should be more readily acceptable to Please See DOE Page 8A SRP Publicity Threatens German Student Exchange By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer Several West German parents fright ened by international publicity about the Savannah River Plant will probably can cel plans to let their children visit Aiken as exchange students a local chaperon says But Arthur R Lader a German lan guage teacher at Aiken High School still expects at least 12 out of 20 scheduled student visitors to show up here next spring Lader said the parents of the 20 stu dents have been exposed recently to hysterical information about the con troversial weapons plant and he blames that partly on antinuclear activists But government officials as well as Ai ken parents have mounted an apparent ly successful campaign to reassure the German parents that Aiken is a safe place to live Lader said There was quite a fire there but I think we put it out with a lot of help Lader said Monday I could not have put it out myself Yet Aiken Highs fledgling exchange program with the West German town of Bamberg remains in some jeopardy Lader said He said some European news reports have inaccurately compared the SRPs nuclear reactor problems to the Soviet Unions Chernobyl disaster Several of the prospective exchange students went so far as to cancel their airline tickets to the United States said Lader one of three local chaperones for the exchange program Parents faculty members and school administrators in Bamberg are to meet next week and reach an official deci sion on the Aiken visits he said We dont know that this exchange is going to continue My gut feeling is that it will The plant has gotten real bad publici ty overseas The parents of the German children are concerned that their chil dren will contract cancer or some genet ic disease Please See SRP Page 8A City Says Annexation Could Halt Kalmia Hill Development Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth NEW LEADER D McDonald Law will assume the presidency of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce at tonights annual meeting For details please see Page 1B By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer The owner of a lot at the bottom of Kalmia Hill who plans to build a used car lot was warned last month by the Aiken city attorney that he could lose the use of such a lot if the property is annexed Mike Adams who owns a lot at 3314 Augusta Rd said Thursday that he does not understand why the city wrote to him I have nothing to do with the city he said I live in the county I dont even see why they sent me the letter But the letter sent to an Augusta ad dress was intended to be an official no tice of annexation and zoning procedures which Adams lot is currently under and the possible results of such an annexation It is likely that all or most of the tract under annexation procedures will be zoned residential because that is the ex isting character of the tract City Attor ney James M Holly wrote Adams Furthermore having a car lot in exis tance on his property before an annex ation is completed does not mean he could keep the lot wrote Holly were the property to be annexed Any change from a residential use of the aforesaid lot will not constiute a Staff Map By Sharon Mclaughlin preexisting nonconforming use for pur poses of zoning and the City would take the necessary measures to remove any such nonconforming use after annex ation Holly wrote Thus any change in use by you prior to annexation will be at your risk The lot currently has a house on it and Adams said Thursday that he intends to live in the house and run the car lot be side it Adams property is under annexation proceedings by a petition filed in late Please See CITY Page 8A
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