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Burlington Hawk Eye (Newspaper) - February 9, 1983, Burlington, Iowa Warn i Yaap unlikely site for a nukes by Michael n. Sweet the resumption of nuclear weapons production at Middletown is among alternatives proposed in a new department of Energy study. But Hawk Eye interviews wednesday indicate the possibility is highly unlikely. Doe officials cautioned tuesday that a voluminous environmental Impact study which took a year to write does not mean the Iowa army ammunition Plant is Likely to take on manufacture of . Nuclear weapons. Ana Bill Tate a spokesman for rep. Jim Leach a Iowa said Leach understands a recent army study showed the Cost of a move to the Yaap would be so prohibitive that resumption of production Here is unlikely. The environmental Impact study which included the Burlington area was required after citizens in the Texas Panhandle last year protested Doe plans to expand the panted nuclear weapons Plant at Amarillo. Nuclear weapons were assembled at the Yaap for Many years. But in the Early 1970s, the old atomic Energy commission moved the operation to Amarillo currently the Only site in the country where nuclear weapons Are assembled. The study completed in december a is not a report to either support the movement of production to Burlington or to stay at panted. Its Only purpose is to report the environmental impacts of those alternatives a a said Alex Griego a Doe environmental Engineer at Albuquerque . The Doe report is required by the Council of environmental Quality. It details the potential social economic and ecological impacts in various areas where nuclear production might be located or expanded. Doe is expected to select one option within the next year. The three major ones being considered Are a a expand the Amarillo facility or move 25% of its production quotas to the Yaap. A a close the Amarillo facility and reopen and expand the Yaap nuclear weapons line. A a close the Amarillo Plant and build a new facility on an existing Doe site at Hanford Wash. The Yaap option has local opposition. About 30 people attended a discussion of the Impact study tuesday night during a meeting of the Burlington based citizens for peace. Co founder Sally Mcmillan said the group a is opposed to nuclear weapons production anyplace and specifically in the group will ask Leach for a Public hearing on the matter and will write Iowa congressmen to oppose the study a findings she said. Tate said Leach has not read the Doe report but quoted the congressman As saying wednesday a it is always unfortunate to find a situation in which peace concerns Are potentially pitted against the need for jobs creation within a Community. A it is my understanding however that such a situation is extremely unlikely to arise in this Case Quot due to the army a Cost analysis. Citizens have until March 15 to submit written comments on the study to Alex Griego dept of Energy Albuquerque operations officer Box 5400, Albuquerque 87115. Griego said he can also answer questions by phone 505 846-1108. Griego said that even if no major revisions Are needed a final draft of the study with Public comments won t be ready for another 6-8 months. Capt. Kermit Gombert Yaap executive officer said top level army officials studying the Doe report a have asked us for information on our capabilities a whether we could expand if that were forced on us. A it is really not our decision at this level. It is in a fact finding period right now and we just have to wait and see what comes out of waterworks will explore deep subject by John Stewart Burlington drinks from the a father of Waters but still needs a Well waterworks manager Greg Johnson believes. Johnson wednesday said his Board of trustees is taking bids for drilling test Wells next to the water treatment Plant. The Wells will seek an aquifer or underground water Supply suitable As a Public water source. Johnson is not afraid the Mississippi River will run dry but said the Lack of a backup source is a weak link in the City water distribution system. All City water now flows some two Miles from a River Inlet and pumping station to the treatment Plant off Iowa 99 just North of Flint Creek through a a raw water when a storm swollen Flint Creek washed out ground three years ago near the line service was not affected a but it demonstrated what could happen should the pipe break a second water Supply would be needed. The waterworks Board will decide feb. 16 which of drilling bids to accept a one of $31,735 from Albrecht Well drilling co., Havana. 111., or of $31,306 from Layne Western co., Ames. At the same session the trustees will discuss fiscal 1984 finances. Johnson said his proposed budget is $1,927,346, up 2.9% from this year s $1,871,828. He said Many costs were up slightly. Trustees also Learned that an arbiters decision is pending in labor negotiations with their 20 employees represented by the teamsters Union and accepter a $21,790 bid from american ductile Iron pipe Kansas City mo., for 6 and 12-Inch water pipe. The fewer the better by Lloyd Maffitt of the innumerable groups that meet regularly in the Burlington area there s one that is Happy to see attendance declining. That group comprises the former employees of Champion products co., whose unexpected closing a year ago was a blow to the Burlington area Economy and threw 122 people out of work. The sex employees still meet for potluck lunch the second tuesday of each month at the Moose Lodge. Attendance was High at the first few get together but recently has dwindled to about 30. That says luncheon organizer Anita Babb a former Champion supervisor is a a Good sign. It Means Many of the former employees have gone to other one who has that Happy excuse for missing meetings is William l. Perry account supervisor at Champion who now manages West Side racquetball club. Babb herself has found two jobs teaching Spanish at notre Dame High school and serving As an emergency room Ward clerk at Burlington medical Center. From Perry and Babb the Hawk Eye Learned about other former Champion employees. They said former credit manager Arthur Weiler took Early retirement and is vacationing in North Carolina with his wife Iola chamber of Commerce office Secretary. Even the a big Boss a former Plant manager Larry Howard attended the gatherings briefly a but Champion eventually moved him to its Headquarters at Rochester n y. Marcia Venables is employed at the Esb office. Champion computer operator Jerry Harris has found a similar Job at Winegard co. Russell Glasgow manufacturing supervisor is now supervisor of business and management in Southeastern Community colleges continuing education division. Daniel Hartman warehouse supervisor is office manager of econ Ray products. But Helen Miller Hasni to fared so Well a after finding a Job at Westland mall she s unemployed again. forecast overcast skies through thursday. Chance of Patchy thin fog tonight. Easterly winds 5-10 mph. Low 20�. Chance of Snow flurries thursday. High 33�. Chance of Snow again Friday partly Cloudy saturday and sunday. Hawk Eye digest democratic legislators Are working on a plan to create 6,000 new jobs in Iowa. Page 3 Middletown fifth graders have a passport to world knowledge. See today a living Section Page 6. In state recruiting of Iowa football Talent is the subject of a look today in the sports Section Page 9. A study indicates that Iowa farm income could reap a Harvest if the new a crop Swap goes into effect. Page 13. A 72-Pound dog has a Ball lifting 3,000 pounds. Page 16. Today a Index abby.8 Hawk Eye happenings.15 classified ads. .16-19 local news. .14.15 comics. .19 living. .6-8 or Solomon. .8 National world. .2,3 crossword. .19 deaths. .14 editorial Page. .4 sports. .9-12 for the record. .14 to entertainment. .5 and by the Way. Dayton Ohio up a the Dayton police department is going to design uniforms for pregnant policewomen to Wear As the result of a lawsuit settlement. Former policewoman Victoria Smith filed a Federal lawsuit against the police department contending the Only reason she was taken off the payroll for five months when she was pregnant in 1978, and again in 1980, was because she fit into the regulation uniform. In a settlement announced thursday the City agreed to pay mrs. Smith $12,000 and her attorney $3,000. The settlement also called for the City to a develop a suitable uniform for pregnant police Reagan wants safeguards in Gas decontrol Washington up a president Reagan is leaning toward quicker decontrol of natural Gas prices but wants to ensure any proposal submitted to Congress will protect the interests of Consumers a spokesman said today. Deputy White House press Secretary Larry Speakes told reporters Reagan is mulling a path to deregulation recommended tuesday by his Cabinet Council on natural resources and environment. But while a decision is expected in the near future Speakes insisted no one in the administration including Energy Secretary Donald Hodel has a marching orders to consult with Congress on what form the legislation should take. A basically he Reagan said a there is no decision. On moving Forward with anything and i will let you know a a Speakes said. A so Hodel or anyone is not authorized to go Forward to Congress with any specific the Cabinet Council advised Reagan the Law that set the stage for gradual decontrol is not working As intended. Speakes said the group which has been studying the situation for some time concluded a fundamental flaws in the natural Gas policy act must be corrected. The advice fell Short of an All out Call for immediate decontrol but Speakes said the Council indicated support for accelerated deregulation if it includes provisions to minimize the Impact on consumer prices. Speakes indicated today Reagan a desire to quicken the Pace of deregulation which would fulfil a Campaign Promise end be in line with Reagan s free Market philosophy hinges primarily on the question of How to avoid Sharp increases in consumer prices. A the main thing we re looking at in this is that the residential consumer of natural Gas is already subjected to inordinate increases in Gas prices because of the flaws in the 78 act a Speakes said. On tuesday Speakes said Reagan wants a built in safeguards to protect the the timing of the Cabinet Council meeting was coincidental. The natural Gas Supply association which represents producers scheduled a news conference for today to Call for passage of a a comprehensive phased decontrol the Energy department reports natural Gas prices have risen 25% in the last year. Prices in some cities have gone up As much As 60%, while the Industry has pushed for accelerated deregulation. White House spokesman Peter Roussel said Reagan a is concerned about the instability of prices and their effects on the advocates of stepped up deregulation have run into Strong opposition in Congress where critics calling for even tougher controls especially want legislation attacking a take or pay Quot contracts that have in Large measure fuelled the record Price Rise. The contracts Force pipelines to take expensive Gas from foreign and some Domestic sources forcing out cheaper Gas from areas such As Appalachia and Ohio. Speakes said Reagan wants to a solve problems in the current Law a Law awaits new Caterpillar offer Bridgeton to. Up Caterpillar tractor co. Negotiators have told United Auto workers negotiators they Are preparing a new contract offer in Hopes of ending the Law s 132-Day strike. The company and Union met briefly tuesday at a suburban St. Louis hotel for the first time since contract talks stalled dec. 17. They recessed without scheduling a new bargaining session. A both sides agreed that we need to sit Down and said Jim Sharp chief negotiator for Law members in the Peoria 111., area where Caterpillar is headquartered. A a the company a Sharp said a will get Back with us later in the week when the proposal is ready. At that time we u have to study it and see where we go from company representatives appeared startled at Sharp s statement but refused to confirm or deny it and Law representatives scheduled a Central committee meeting today. Federal mediators had ordered the new bargaining session but where not present when the Union and the farm equipment manufacturer met. Caterpillar facing a sour Busi Ness climate and its first red Ink in 50 years had asked the Union to accept some cuts in its wage and Benefit package. The Law instead wanted to renew the existing contract. On oct. I about 20,400 Law members struck Caterpillar plants in five states. Eventually the strike closed 18 facilities in six states. Caterpillar has indefinitely Laid off another 14,200 Law members. The Law represents Caterpillar workers in Illinois Ohio Pennsylvania Tennessee and Iowa a including Burlington where More than too workers Are Idle due to the strike by some 75 Law bargaining unit members. Caterpillar lost $180 million in 1982 a in part the company has said because of the strike. Caterpillar had proposed a 3% wage Cut a two year freeze on Cost of living adjustments reduced overtime pay elimination of time and a half on saturdays and double time on sundays and lower starting pay for new workers. In a visit to Peoria Plant picket lines last week Law president Douglas Fraser said both sides must make a honest compromises before an agreement can be reached. Mark Fageol photo no pro forma snowman Here smoothing and shaping above Dan Moyers Tama Road works on what is perhaps the area s most artistic snowman. Moyers who worked on the Snow sculpture for seven hours tuesday afternoon made the praying snowman Kneel to give it the appearance of height. The sculpture began As a conventional snowman which Moyers then hand carved and shaped into the artistic apparition that gazes across the Mississippi River bottomlands

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