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   Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina                                Library Tar Heels Top Duke Page 7A A Quick Read SRP Workers Pick Up Radioactive Particles The Savannah River Plant report ed seven workers picked up small amounts of radioactive particles on the soles of their shoes Wednesday according to Becky M McSwain spokesperson for Du Pont The workers were in the Harea around the tank farm at the plant The cause of the contamination was not determined as of this morn ing but a sweep of the area nar rowed the source to a space about four feet by five feet The type of radioactive material was not identified A statement released by Depart ment of Energy officials called it a minor incident and said there was no health hazard to any of the individuals As a precaution all employees in the area were instructed to use shoe covers The total radiation dose was less than one millirem for the seven peo ple combined DOE officials said By comparison a millirem is the amount of radiation an airline pas senger would receive on a typical cross country flight the DOE said Five of the workers were construc tion employees The sixth was a Du Pont Health Protection Department employee and the seventh was a US Department of Energy employee who was inspecting the area In an unrelated incident Tuesday night an employee in Harea was found to have a small amount of ra dioactivity on his hair apparently caused by him touching his hair while removing protective gear DOE said Earthquake Hits Southern California LOS ANGELES AP A strong earthquake shook a 70 mile area late Wednesday causing downtown buildings to sway and rock slides in Malibu but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage The quake which struck at pm was centered about eight miles south of Malibu in the Pacific Ocean and registered 50 on the Richter Scale according to the California In stitute of Technology in Pasadena Weather Partly cloudy skies are forecast to night with a low in the upper 30s Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Fri day with a 20 percent chance of rain The high will be near 60 Please see details on Page 6A Deaths Ellie Redd Gloverville Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television Weather 5B 11A 3B 10A 6B 4B 10A 1B 6A 4A 7A IDA 6A Page2A Inflation Holds Steady In December Long Agendas Irk County Council Thursday January 191989 Amen SouthCarolina Voll22Np17 DOE Moving Ahead On NPR Plans By PAUL MRODRIGUEZ State News Service WASHINGTON For now the gov ernment does not intend to abandon plans to build a new multibillion nuclear reactor facility at the Savannah River Plant according to a highlevel Depart ment of Energy official We are moving as aggressivley as we can on completing the necessary work to begin construction of a new billion facility that would produce tritium an isotope critical in the making of atomic bombs said Joseph Salgado the outgo ing deputy energy secretary Right now we are waiting for the envi ronmental impact study to be complet ed before proceeding with actual con struction at the Savannah River complex However there are no slip pages on our timeframe Separate technology reviews for build ing a backup nuclear system at a federal facility in Idaho also are being worked on Salgado said in an exit interview as the chief operating officer at the department While Washington energy officials are gearing up to oversee completion of the new tritiumproducing complex howev er nuclear experts at three federal lab oratories also are busy putting the finish ing touches on a nearly inchthick study that conceivably could supplant nucle arbased technologies now used to make tritium These nuclear experts from advanced research laboratories in New Mexico New York and Washington submitted a plan last summer to build a billion nonnuclear atomic particle accelerator capable of producing tritium at a safer and far cheaper facility which could have been completed around 1996 A copy of their 1988 draft proposal entiled Accelerator Production of Triti um was obtained by States News Ser vice That August study was authored by scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Brookhaven National Lab oratory and the Westinghouse Hanford Company laboratory Essentially the 10page report outlined a project that would build an under ground linear accelerator resembling a long tunnel in which subatomic particles would be smashed against a leaden tar get to release billions of tiner particles that could be fused with other materials to produce tritium Please See DOE Page ISA Campbells Speech Sparks Questions Staff Photo By Phil Jones LOUNGING AROUND Charon Goodwill front and Tiffany Brown take advantage of the warm sunshine to relax during recess at East Aiken Elementary School The girls were playing on the parallel bars on the school playground Unseasonably warm weather has Aiken area residents frolicking outdoors Governors Waste Plan Is Debated By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer COLUMBIA Members of the Aiken County legislative delega tion questioned the constitutional ity of the governors executive or der banning hazardous waste from some states and split on his tax proposals Im not sure he can do that Sen Thomas L Moore DAiken County said of the executive order Sen Ryan C Shealy RLexing ton County also expressed doubt of the orders constitutionality I have problems with the con stitutionality its something which would have to be decided by the court though I hope if would stand Rep Irene Rudnick DAiken said but I think the legislature would have to back him up Sen Moore Democratic Whip said the idea had already been attempted In 19831 think the General As GOVERNOR Carroll A Campbell gives his State of the State address Related Stories on Page 15A sembly passed similar legislation then turned around and repealed it It would have meant that the EPA would have mandated waste disposal in South Carolina and Im not sure that is what we want See CAMPBELLS Page 15A South Carolinians Join Bushs Celebration By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON Republican Party officials said they expect several hun dred South Carolinians to travel to Wash ington this week to attend balls dinners and official events surrounding Fridays inauguration of George Herbert Walker Bush as the countrys fortyfirst president South Carolina Republicans played an important role in Bushs electoral vic tory said Tony Denny executive direc tor of the states Republican Party in telephone interview from Columbia A lot of people were very active for George Bush here in South Carolina and it was a big state for him in the primary He noted that Bushs national cam paign manager Lee Atwater is a South Carolina native and that Gov Carroll A Campbell and Sen Strom Thurmond R SC campaigned for Bush around the country Atwater is now chairmandesig nate of the Republic National Committee Denny said over 700 people had bought tickets to a special South Carolina ball he helped organize This ball is being held in addition to the states official inaugura tion function a blacktie event being held for both South Carolina and Texas guests at the National Air and Space Museum The unofficial ball hosted by Sen and Mrs Thurmond and organized by Denny and others in the states Republican Par ty will be held at the Hotel Washington a Pennsylvania Avenue landmark to Washingtonians and visitors alike who have enjoyed the view from the hotels roof restaurant which overlooks the US Treasury building and White House Official ceremonies sponsored by the Inaugural Committee started Wednes day morning with a reception for teach ers hosted by the Secretary of Education Lauro F Cavazos Over 230 teachers from around the country including three from South Carolina were honored as outstanding in their field by the educa tion secretary Please See SOUTH Page 16A VMI Cadets Accused Of Armored Car Heist By The Associated Press NEWARK NJ Two military school cadets admitted donning rented police uniforms to hold up an armored car then escaping with million in a heist planned by the father of one of the cadets authorities said The Virginia Military Institute cadets were arrested Wednesday on campus Were all just in shock of course said Col Leroy Hammond of Virginia Military Institute of Lexington Va Its just so completely uncharacteristic of the young men we have here Were particu larly proud of our honor system here our young mens integrity Also arrested Wednesday was Robert J Jasinski 51 of Boonton who worked as a parttime driver for the Coin Depot Armored Car Corp of Elizabeth His son William T Jasinski 22 and Bryan Smals 21 of Columbus Ohio rented police uniforms from a costume store while on their Christmas vacation and held up the armored car said John McGinley head of the FBIs Newark office McGinley told a news conference that the elder Jasinski met the hijacked ar mored car in a rented van to which the money was transferred Most of the money was recovered from an attic crawl space at the home of a woman acquaintance of the elder Ja sinski said McGinley He said the wom an whom he did not identify did not know what Jasinski was storing and did not participate in the holdup The cadets appeared at a hearing in Roanoke Va on Wednesday night where they were ordered held without bond pending their transfer to Newark FBI agent Frank Butler said Jasinski a VMI senior and Smals a sophomore confessed to the heist when they were questioned at VMI following their ar rests and both cadets admitted their guilt at the bond hearing The complain is correct sir Cadet Jasinski told the magistrate Robert Jasinski a retired telephone company worker was arrested at his home and held in lieu of bail set by US Magistrate Ronald Hedges Ed ward Hartnett an attorney who repre sented Jasinski at the hearing said he had no comment The three were charged with interfer ence with commerce by threats or vio lence which carries a maximum 20year prison term The complaint said Jasinski was inter viewed by an FBI agent on Tuesday and at first denied the allegation He later admitted planning it and implicated the cadets the complaint said McGinley said an investigation of em ployees after the robbery was instru mental in a cracking the case He said the elder Jasinski drove the same route as the robbed truck Authorities said the two robbers held up three employees of Coin Depot on Dec 22 as the employees parked an armored car behind the First Fidelity Bank The car was to bring the cash to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York They handcuffed the employees and drovethem to an industrial park aban doning them unharmed The FBI says the two suspects wore policetype clothing George Bush Do you think George Bush will ask Congress to increase taxes Dont No answer AP Poll We Dont Believe Bushs Lips NEW YORK AP Americans have read his lips but expect George Bush to break Ms pledge of no new taxes although a solid majority likes him anyway a national poll has found Bush made opposition to taxes a cornerstone of his presidential cam paign and six in 10 respondents to the Media GeneralAssociated Press poll agreed he should not seek a tax increase But 71 percent said they think he will Even still the survey found high approval ratings for Bush who takes office Friday as the 41st president Respondents voiced high expecta tions for his presidency and gave him strong marks for his cabinet choices A solid 59 percent said they viewed Bush favorably   

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