Aiken Standard, March 15, 1989

Aiken Standard

March 15, 1989

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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Defense Secretarydesignate Dick Cheney prepares to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday Please see story Page 3A A Quick Read Sheriffs Son Dies When Hit By Van Timothy Heath 21 son of Aiken County Sheriff Carrol J Heath died early this morning after being struck by a van He was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately am According to Coroner Sue Town send Heath and a friend were walk ing along Dougherty Road when Heath was struck by a van driven by Thomas Lawhead 33 Aiken Lawhead who lived close to the scene went directly home and called the police The police told him to stay in his house until they arrived Mrs Townsend said The accident is under investiga tion but is considered an accidental death Mrs Townsend said Deputy Coroner Bill Clark re sponded to the call with Mrs Town send assisting St Urhos Party is Day Before St Pats CALUMET Mich AP St Pat rick set down your shilelagh and put up your dukes Here comes that great grasshopperdriving saint Urho the Finn and his day is first St Urho Its a little known fact that he drove the grasshoppers out of preglacial Finland It just happens he did it the day before St Patrick supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland said Tom Tikkanen a Fin lander in Calumet With Tikkanens guidance the tiny town on Michigans Lake Superior shore held its first official St Urho celebration this year The Oulu Hot shots brought their accordions up from Wisconsin last weekend and Vi Wiitala drove over from Toivola Calumet partied St Urhos Day isnt until Thurs day But the locals dont muddle leg end with fact Tikkanen said this years bash started after some Calumet folks trolling Lake Superior with their snowmobiles snagged an old sauna off the bottom and in it was the fro zen body of the great saint himself We fired that sauna up and thawed him out Tikkanen said Page 9A I Jacobs Named New Silver Bluff Coach Weather Cooler Weather Decreasing cloudiness and cooler weather is forecast tonight Fair skies are expected Thursday The low will be in the 50s with a high in the low 70s Please see details on Page 8A Deaths William J Cobb Augusta Daniel P Cowart North Augusta TJ Epperly Langley Timothy G Heath Aiken Ralph F Payne Jackson Albert J Widener Macon Ga Ethel K Wilson Allendale Please see details on Page 6A Inside Today Bridge Calendar Classifieds Comics Crossword Cryptoquote Dear Abby Local Front Obituaries Opinions Sports Television WfiAther 9C 2B 7C 48 10C 8C 48 1B 6A 1C 9A 48 8A Indigent Care Costs Top GQUKDE Kalmia Hill Votes To Be Annexed By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer Resident landholders operating for the first time under a new law voted 159 to annex the unincorporated side of Kalmia Hill into the City of Aiken according to election commission officials Three ad ditional votes were challenged Even if all three challenged votes are against annexation and are allowed they still will not be enough to affect the sim ple majority outcome The election results are still unofficial A challenged ballot hearing will be held at 5 pm today said the commission Written protests may be filed in writing until noon Monday The annexation if the vote is certified is subject to the approval of the Aiken City Council The new law which lessened require ments for annexation requires the vote to be held within the area to be annexed The fulfillment of that requirement has produced fresh controversy in the proceedings The vote was held in the home of Dr and Mrs HG Gil Royal who support annexation Annexation opponents most notably Mike A Adams are crying foul See KALMIA Page 14A Adams Still Planning Used Car Lot Annexation of the remainder of Kal mia Hill has been attempted for years but the latest effort has had fuel added to it by the plans of a resident to open a used car lot at the bottom of the hill Mike A Adams plans a 35 to 40 car lot at his residence at 3314 Richland Ave His intention provoked protests to the city and the county but neither body has been able to deny him his plans An effort has also been made to obtain extraterritorial jurisdiction for the area but little progress has been made The city attorney wrote Adams in De cember warning him that the area if annexed would likely be zoned residen tial and that any commercial improve ments made to the lot would be done so at Adams risk See ADAMS Page 14A Siatu Phoichy Sinny Sojlhworil BIG TRACTOR Customdesigned million transporter will use 50ton shielding containers to carry radioactive waste cylinders between DWPF buildings n Store Waste Accumulations Since 1954 Waiting For DWPF By BRAD SWOPE Staff Writer In 1992 a new factory at the Savannah River Plant will start operating day and night for 13 or 14 years to solidify the backlog of dangerous radioactive liquid waste stored in tanks at SRP The million Defense Waste Processing Facility will use a highly automated process to encapsulate in glass cylinders some 32 million gallons of waste thats been accumulating in Sa vannah Rivers tank farm since 1954 DWPF construction work started in 1983 is nearing completion and plant officials are pro claiming the project as both an environmental and an engineering achievement After interim storage at SRP the cylinders are to ultimately go to a geological repository that the Department of Energy wants to build at Yucca Mountain Nev That will provide what SRP officials describe as a permanent solution to the problem of high level liquid waste This is the end of the line as it were for defense waste said Joseph H Murphy a Du Pont Co engineer helping to supervise DWPF construction The tank farms carbon steel tanks havent developed problems yet but werent meant to last forever plant officials say Once glassified the waste will still be highly radioactive and require heavy shielding The key improvement is that its ability to spread through the environment will be greatly reduced The waste sludge will be encapsulated in a borosilicate glass under a formula designed to resist leaching into surrounding water Water shouldnt be a problem as the cylinders go into interim storage in the DWPFs dry shielded storage vaults designed to protect them from earthquakes and tornadoes Schedules call for every cylinder to be hauled to the Yucca Mountain repository after it opens See BIG Page 4A Auditors NRC Lets Security Risks Go By By The Associated Press WASHINGTON The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put national security at risk by allow ing newly hired personnel to start work without security clearances and by failing to reinvestigate many veteran workers a govern ment auditing agency said today The General Accounting Office said it found that since 1983 about 10 percent of NRC employees who began working before their secu rity investigations were complet ed later left the agency because the checks disclosed drugrelated or other personal problems that made them unacceptable security riste It sajrt nearly all workers are granted iiis security waiver The repoit was the subject of a public hearing today before a House Government Operations subcommittee which requested the GAO investigation in 1987 At NRC headquarters in Rock ville Md spokesman Robert Newlin said We are planning improvements in our programs that are responsive to the GAO recommendations He said de tails of these changes would be revealed to the House panel The GAO report criticized the NRC for failing to reinvestigate nearly half of the approximately 10600 people who hold security clearances Only those holding the most sensitive jobs are sub jected to reinvestigation but the GAO said results of those probes indicate a need to extend the practice to all workers See AUDITORS Page 14A State Lottery Bill Past Subcommittee By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer The luck of the Irish or whomever is closer to getting a test through a South Carolina state lottery The lottery bill sponsored by Sen Ryan C Shealy RLexing ton passed the Senate Finance Subcommittee Tuesday Sen Shealy said Sen J Verne Smith DGreen ville attempted to have the bill tabled within the Finance Com mittee Sen Shealy said but was unsuccessful A public hearing on the bill is scheduled in two weeks at the Gressette building on the state house grounds the senator said Opponents and proponents will each have one hour to discuss the bill he said No time has been set for the hearing The bill will die unless the com mittee releases it to the full Senate Sen Shealy who sponsors a lot tery bill year after year says that an overwhelming percentage of voters favor having a lottery However many groups in cluding the senators political party and the Baptists have voiced strong opposition to a lottery A lottery would increase reve nue to the state government while providing prizes to winners Whether or not the extra mon ies have resulted in real gains to other states which have lotteries has been questioned as has the ethics of a lottery which has been described as a tax on stupidity Astronauts Save Electricity As Engineers Study Problem By PAUL RECER AP Science Writer CAPE CANAVERAL Fla Discov erys lights were dimmed and some com puter screens were darkened today as en gineers decided if a hydrogen tank problem was serious enough to bring the fiveman crew home a day early Mission Control engineers made plans today to test heaters in the hydrogen tank which is part of the shuttles electri cal generating system I think things will work out just fine flight director Chuck Shaw predicted The shuttle astronauts were assured there was no safety concern but they were asked to conserve electricity The crew scurried around to turn off lights and computers not in use Unless tests showed that the electrical system was sound Discovery could land Friday after four days in orbit rather than the planned five The problem tank filled with supercold liquid hydrogen is one of three that sup plies Discoverys fuel cells a type of gen erator that combines hydrogen and oxy gen to make electricity and pure water If the tank cannot be used it would cut sup plies for the fuel cell by a third This would not give enough electrical power for five days in space plus the two days kept in reserve for contingencies For their second morning in space the astronauts were busy even before Mis sion Control gave them a formal wake up call Were going to try to get a picture of the Sinai area Discovery commander Michael L Coats told Mission Control See ASTRONAUTS Page 14 A Located under the cargo bay Hydrogen Cryb Tanks provide liquid hydrogen and oxygen to the Fuel Cell Power Plant which produces heat water and electric power for the orbiter Hydrogen Tank No 2 Hydrogen Tank No 1 Power Plant No 2 Fuel Cell Power Plant No 1 Source NASA Yarrington Coming In Fridays Paper Aiken Standards 19th Annual Triple Crown Edition ;