Aiken Standard, January 19, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 19, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina W-.-'Nr ‘ftiMic Library. Sports Tar Heels Top Duke Page 7A A Quick ReadSRP Workers Pick Up Radioactive Particles The Savannah River Plant reported 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 H-area around the tank farm at the plant. The cause of the contamination was not determined as of this morning, but a sweep of the area narrowed the source to a space about four feet by five feet. The type of radioactive material was not identified. A statement released by Department 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 people combined, DOE officials said. “By comparison, a millirem is the amount of radiation an airline passenger would receive on a typical cross country flight,” the DOE said. Five of the workers were construction employees. The sixth was a Du Pont Health Protection Department employee and the seventh was a U.S. Department of Energy employee who was inspecting the area. In an unrelated incident Tuesday night, an employee in H-area was found to have a small amount of radioactivity 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 10:55 p.m., was centered about eight miles south of Malibu in the Pacific Ocean and registered 5.0 on the Richter Scale, according to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Weather Partly cloudy skies are forecast tonight with a low in the upper 30s. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast Friday 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........................................11A Classifieds  .....    3® Comics ........  1®A Crossword  .....•..................... Cryptoquote  ............................. Dear Abby...*,,,.    .........     1®A Local Front....................................... Obituaries.,.  ...........  6A Opinions ,U, ...........  4A Sports..............................."•••■—....... Television .....     1UA Weather....,,................................. 6A \ * Inflation Holds Steady In December Long Agendas Irk County Council ^ ike it Stand art Thursday, January 19, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 17 DOE Moving Ahead On NPR Plans By PAUL M. RODRIGUEZ State News Service WASHINGTON — For now, the government does not intend to abandon plans to build a new multi-billion nuclear reactor facility at the Savannah River Plant, according to a high-level Department of Energy official. “We are moving as aggressive as we can” on completing the necessary work to begin construction of a new $6.8 billion facility that would produce tritium, an isotope critical in the making of atomic bombs,” said Joseph Salgado, the outgoing deputy energy secretary. “Right now we are waiting for the environmental impact study to be completed” before proceeding with actual construction at the Savannah River complex. However, “there are no slippages on our timeframe.” Separate technology reviews for building 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 tritium-producing complex, however, nuclear experts at three federal lab oratories also are busy putting the finishing touches on a nearly inch-thick study that, conceivably, could supplant nuclear-based 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 $2.3 billion non-nuclear 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 Tritium” _ Was obtained by States News Ser vice. That August study was authored by scientists at the Los Alamos National laboratory, Brookhaven National laboratory and the Westinghouse Hanford Company laboratory. Essentially, the 10-page report outlined a project that would build an underground linear accelerator resembling a long tunnel in which subatomic particles would be smashed against a leaden target to release billions of tiner particles that could be fused with other materials to produce tritium. (Please See DOE, Page 15A)Sitting In The SunshineCampbell's Speech Sparks QuestionsAP Poll: We Don't Believe Bush's Lips NEW YORK (AP) — Americans have read his lips but expect George Bush to break his 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 campaign, and six in IO respondents to the Media General-Associated 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 expectations for his presidency and gave him strong marks for his cabinet choices. A solid 59 percent said they viewed Bush favorably. VMI Cadets Accused Of Armored Car Heist By The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Two military school cadets admitted donning rented police uniforms to hold up an armored car, then escaping with $4.5 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. “We’re all just in shock, of course,” said Col. Leroy Hammond of Virginia Military Institute of I^xington, Va. “It’s just so completely uncharacteristic of the young men we have here. We’re particularly proud of our honor system here, our young men’s integrity.” Also arrested Wednesday was Robert J. Jasinski, 51, of Boonton, who worked as a part-time 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 FBI’s Newark office. McGinley told a news conference that the elder Jasinski met the hijacked armored 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 Jasinski, said McGinley. He said the woman, 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 arrests, 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 $400,000 bail, set by U.S. Magistrate Ronald Hedges. Edward Hartnett, an attorney who repre sented Jasinski at the hearing, said he had no comment. The three were charged with interference with commerce by threats or violence, which carries a maximum 20-year prison term. The complaint said Jasinski was interviewed 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 employees after the robbery was “instrumental” 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 drove them to an industrial park, abandoning them unharmed. The FBI says the two suspects wore police-type clothing. Governor's Waste Plan Is Debated South Carolinians Join Bush's Celebration By KATHY KADANE States News Service WASHINGTON — Republican Party officials said they expect several hundred South Carolinians to travel to Washington this week to attend balls, dinners, and official events surrounding Friday’s inauguration of George Herbert Walker Bush as the country’s forty-first president. “South Carolina Republicans played an important role in Bush’s electoral victory,” said Tony Denny, executive director of the state’s 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 Bush’s national campaign manager, Lee Atwater, is a South Carolina native, and that Gov. Carroll A. Campbell and Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., campaigned for Bush around the country. Atwater is now chairman-desig-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 state’s official inauguration function, a black-tie 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 state’s Republican Party, will be held at the Hotel Washington, a Pennsylvania Avenue landmark to Washingtonians and visitors alike who have enjoyed the view from the hotel’s roof restaurant, which overlooks the U.S. Treasury building and White House. Official ceremonies sponsored by the Inaugural Committee started Wednesday morning with a reception for teachers 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 education secretary. (Please See SOUTH, Page 16A) G Bush Do you think George Bush will ask Congress to increase taxes? Don’t know/ No answer By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer 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 I’m not sure that is what we want.” (See CAMPBELL’S, Page 15A) COLUMBIA — Members of the Aiken County legislative delegation questioned the constitutionality of the governor’s executive order banning hazardous waste from some states and split on his tax proposals. “I’m not sure he can do that,” Sen. Thomas L. Moore, D-Aiken County , said of the executive o* dei. Sen. Ryan C. Shealy, R-Lexing-ton County, also expressed doubt of the order’s constitutionality. 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. “I have problems with the constitutionality — ifs something which would have to be decided by the court, though.” “I hope (if) would stand,” Rep. Irene Rudnick, D-Aiken, said, “but I think the legislature would have to back him up.” Sen. Moore, Democratic Whip, said the idea had already been attempted. “In 1983,1 think, the General As- ;

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