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Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - March 15, 1989, Aiken, South Carolina Inside Today Defense Secretary-designate Dick Cheney prepares to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday. Please see story, Page 3A. A Quick Read Sheriff's 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 12:28 a.m. According to Coroner Sue Townsend, Heath and a friend were walking 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 investigation, but is considered an accidental death, Mrs. Townsend said. Deputy Coroner Bill Clark responded to the call, with Mrs. Townsend assisting. St. Urho's Party Is Day Before St. Pat's CALUMET, Mich. (AP) - St. Patrick, set down your shilelagh and put up your dukes. Here comes that great grasshopper-driving saint, Urno the Finn, ana his day is first. “St. Urho? Ifs a little known fact that he drove the grasshoppers out of pre-glacial Finland. It just happens he did it the day before St. Patrick supposedly drove the snakes out of Ireland,” said Tom Tikkanen, a Finlander in Calumet. With Tikkanen’s guidance, the tiny town on Michigan’s Lake Superior shore held its first official St. Urho celebration this year. The Oulu Hotshots brought their accordions up from Wisconsin last weekend and Vi Wiitala drove over from Toivola. Calumet partied. St. Urho’s Day isn’t until Thursday. But the locals don’t muddle legend with fact. Tikkanen said this year’s bash started after some Calumet folks trolling I .ake Superior with their snowmobiles snagged an old sauna off the bottom and in it was the frozen body of the great saint himself. “We fired that sauna up and thawed him out,” Tikkanen said. 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 T.J. 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 ......................     9C Calendar *,,.............     2B Classifieds........................................7C Comics      .........    4B Crossword......................................10C Cryptoquote  .............................8C Dear Abby.........................................4B Local Front.......................................1B Obituaries........................................ 6A Opinions........................................."IC Sports...............................................9A Television.........................................4B Weather............................................8A Page 9A Page IB Standard Wednesday, March 15, 1989 25C Aiken, South Carolina Vol. 122 No. 64 Kalmia Hill Votes To Be Annexed By JAMES PATRICK Staff Writer Resident landholders, operating for the first time under a new law, voted 15-9 to annex the unincorporated side of Kalmia Hill into the City of Aiken, according to election commission officials. Three additional votes were challenged. Even if all three challenged votes are against annexation and are allowed, they still will not be enough to affect the simple majority outcome. The election results are still unofficial. A challenged ballot hearing will be held at 5 p.m. 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. Tile new law, which lessened requirements 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. H.G. (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 Kalmia Hill bas 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 December, warning him that the area, if annexed, would likely be zoned residential and that any commercial improvements made to the lot would be (tone so at Adams’ risk. (See ADAMS, Page 14A) Stull Photo bv Jimy Sojthworti BIG TRACTOR: Custom-des gned $2 million transporter will use 50-ton shielding containers to carry radioactive waste cylinders between DWPF buildings. Auditors: NRC Lets Security Risks Go By Big Job In 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 $920 million Defense Waste Processing Facility will use a highly automated process to encapsulate in glass cylinders some 32 million gallons of waste that’s been accumulating in Savannah River’s “tank farm” since 1954. DWPF construction work, started in 1983, is nearing completion, and plant officials are proclaiming 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 IL Murphy, a Du Pont Co. engineer helping to supervise DWPF construction. The tank farm’s carbon steel tanks haven t developed problems yet, but weren’t 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 shouldn’t be a problem, as the cylinders go into interim storage in the DWPF’s 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) By The Associated Press WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has put national security at risk by allowing newly hired personnel to start work without security clearances and by failing to reinvestigate many veteran workers, a government auditing agency said today. The General Accounting Office said it found that since 1983 about IO percent of NRC employees who began working before their security investigations were completed later left the agency because the checks disclosed drug-related or other personal problems that made them unacceptable security risks. It ssm» nearly all workers are grantee lids security waiver. The report 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 Rockville, Md., spokesman Robert Newlin said, “We are planning improvements in our programs that are responsive to the GAO recommendations.” He said details 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 10,600 people who hold security clearances. Only those holding the most sensitive jobs are subjected 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, R-Lexing-ton, passed the Senate Finance Subcommittee Tuesday, Sen. Shealy said. Sen. J. Verne Smith, D-Green-ville, attempted to have the bill tabled within the Finance Committee, Sen. Shealy said, but was unsuccessful. A public hearing on the bill is scheduled in two weeks at the Gressette building on the statehouse 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 committee releases it to the full Senate. Sen. Shealy, who sponsors a lottery bill year after year, says that an overwhelming percentage of voters favor having a lottery. However, many groups — including the senator’s political party and the Baptists — have voiced strong opposition to a lottery. A lottery would increase revenue to the state government, while providing prizes to winners. Whether or not the extra monies 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. — Discovery’s lights were dimmed and some computer screens were darkened today as engineers decided if a hydrogen tank problem was serious enough to bring the five-man crew home a day early. Mission Control engineers made plans today to test heaters in the hydrogen tank, which is part of the shuttle’s electrical 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 supplies Discovery’s fuel cells, a type of generator that combines hydrogen and oxygen to make electricity and pure water. If the tank cannot be used, it would cut supplies 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 Mission Control gave them a formal wake up call. “We’re going to try to get a picture of the Sinai area,” Discovery commander Michael L. Coats told Mission Control. (See ASTRONAUTS, Page 14A) Discovery’s Power System Located under the cargo bay, Hydrogen Cryo 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 Power Plant No. 3 Source. NASA A Pl H. Yarrington Coming In Friday's Paper: Aiken Standard's 19th Annual Triple Crown Edition ;