Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 13, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina
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S.C., Aiken County Show Economic Gain
South Carolina set an all time record with $3.7 billion of economic development 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 $423,275, while Richland County ranked first with $726,000.
Campbell said that more than 19,000 jobs would be created in the state as a result of the record year of activity.
“For the second year in a row, we’ve experienced record economic development,” he said. “This is surely no accident. What we have said to the rest of the nation and the world is, “We want your business; we’re 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 $2.4 billion in 1982. Investments were $1.4 billion higher than last year, he said.
Included in the figures are the
manufacturing, warehouse and distribution, office and headquarters, and research and development sectors.
South Carolina experienced a five year high of $2.3 billion in capital investments in 1987, leading all 17 states that comprise the southern industrial development council. The number of new jobs, 22,515, set a 22-year record for the state.
Campbell said the smaller number of new jobs announced for 1988 demonstrated a shift toward capital investment industries, most notably Union Camp and Willamette’s new paper mills, and the expansion of the state’s existing industrial base.
Fully 79 percent of the announced investment came from businesses already in the state. Fifty-eight percent of the new jobs were from existing businesses.
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Janet R. Abney, Saluda Herma Amaden, Aiken Robert E. Clark, North Augusta Osma S. Holley, Wagener Mary W. May, Greenwood Lumachia P. Williams, Columbia H.O. Wilson, Fairfax George H. Wood ll, Gloverville Please see details on Page 5A.
'88 Retail Sales Reach 4-Year-High
Bigger Named Citizen Of Year In N.A
Friday, January 13, 1989
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 Slat urges Congress to appropriate $81 billion in coming decades to
modernize facilities _
and clean up waste within the nation’s nuclear weapons complex.
The Department of Energy report, which calls for upgrading equipment and
cleaning up wastes at DOE weapons sites nationwide, identifies the SRP as a potential 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 production reactor at the site.
Savannah River, where all three operable reactors have been shut down for safety improvements since last summer, is the sole U.S. source of tritium, a perishable gas critical to the manufacture of nuclear weapons.
Authors of the report said “assurance of an uninterrupted tritium supply, including provision for a tritium contingency, must be given highest priority” in planning the modernization of the weapons complex.”
They cited the Savannah River Plant as a “cornerstone” of the U.S. weapons materials production program, and said repairs to the plant’s reactors must be adequate to allow operators to “increase (power) levels” of the reactors and “decrease unscheduled maintenance outage time” in order to assure production of nuclear materials for the military.
The report, which is non-binding on President-elect Bush, proposes to transfer 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 plutonium and uranium, while Mound primarily makes bomb detonators.
Along with the SRP, candidates to receive that work are Idaho National Engineering laboratory and the Pantex plant in Texas, the report said.
(Please See REPORT, Page 3A)
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DOE Report Suggests Alternative To NPR
INTRODUCED: New Energy Secretary retired Adm. James Watkins was introduced Thursday by President-elect George Bush. For details, please see Page 3A.
By LES BLUMENTHAL
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — An unreleased Department of Energy report concludes that a linear accelerator could produce one of the key ingredients in nuclear weapons more cheaply, quickly and safely than new production reactors could.
Such an accelerator would produce far less radioactive waste than a nuclear reactor and “should be more readily acceptable to the public,” according to a draft summary of the report obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday.
The U.S. supply of tritium, a radioactive gas used to produce nuclear warheads, is threatened by the crumbling condition of the Energy Department’s existing weapons plants and reactors.
The report, prepared by scientists at the Brookhaven and Los Alamos national laboratories and at Westinghouse-Han-ford Co. in Washington state, concluded that an accelerator could produce enough tritium to meet all U.S. 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 provide new production capacity in the next 10 to 12 years.’
— DOE’s Chris Sankey
into a target, in this case lithium clad in aluminum. The resulting collision produces tritium.
According to the report, using such an accelerator to make tritium would not produce any “long-lived” nuclear wastes and “costs associated with safety and environmental concerns should be minimal.”
In addition, it said, an accelerator “does not have the licensing requirements 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 frightened by international publicity about the Savannah River Plant will probably cancel plans to let their children visit Aiken as exchange students, a local chaperon says.
But Arthur R. Lader, a German language teacher at Aiken High School, still expects at least 12 out of 20 scheduled student visitors to show up here next spring.
Aiken Chamber President
Lader said the parents of the 20 students have been exposed recently to “hysterical” information about the controversial weapons plant, and he blames that partly on anti-nuclear activists.
But government officials, as well as Aiken parents, have mounted an apparently 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 High’s 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 SRP’s nuclear reactor problems to the Soviet Union’s 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 decision” on the Aiken visits, he said.
“We don’t know that this exchange is going to continue ... My gut feeling is that it will.
“The plant has gotten real bad publicity overseas. The parents of the German children are concerned that their children will contract cancer or some genetic disease.
(Please See SRP, Page 8A)
City Says Annexation Could Halt Kalmia Hill Development
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Staff Photo By Ginny Southworth
NEW LEADER: D. McDonald Law will assume the presidency of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce at tonight’s 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 don’t even see why they sent me the letter.”
But the letter, sent to an Augusta address, was intended to be an official notice 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 existing character of the tract,” City Attorney James M. Holly wrote Adams.
Furthermore, having a car lot in exis-tance on his property before an annexation 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 constitute a
Staff Map By Sharon McLaughlin
pre-existing non-conforming use for purposes of zoning and the City would take the necessary measures to remove any such non-conforming use after annexation,” 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 beside it.
Adams’ property is under annexation proceedings by a petition filed in late
(Please See CITY, Page 8A)