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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 14, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 44> THI IETH8RIDOS HfRAlD Wednoiiltiy, 14. 197J Not so in the ILS. Canada is one nation free of dangerous atomic wastes By JACK TRACT TORONTO (CP> When it comes to dangerous atomic wastes, Canada is a have-not nation despite live nuclear power generators and a couple of research establishments. On the other hand, have thousands of gallons of radioactive wastes and are debating whether to store them away forever in played-out salt mines or enclose them in safe concrete bunkers above ground. While Cauada's nuclear effort is far smaller than that United States. Ihe amount of waste and the problems associated with it are disproportionately low. The small wa-ste problem is inherent in the method Canac'ii uses to generate nuclear power. When the Canadian Nuclear Association, which pea erg und syn ens vei cal E WOJ peaceful use of nuclear en- ergy and tries to foster public understanding or it, held a symposium for editorial writ- ens, some exports on energy versus tlie environment were called in to talk about it. Dr. Peter J. Barry, who works for Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. in environmental research at the Chalk River, OnL, laboratories, summed ii up when he said that nuclear scientists w ere concerned about cluttering up Uie coun- try with atomic wastes before the public cared much about the environment. CNA President William M. Gilchrist said that Canada's atomic wastes during the next 500 years "can be put into a very small acreage." Dr. Colin A. Mawson, who bosses the environmental search branch at Chalk River, SHORT SLEEVE KRESGE PRICE Fathers love to receiv8 shirts and these Poly- ester Crepes are easy care and always neat looking! The Kent collar, button front, sleeves and 1 pocket are detailed with 3 rows of stitching trim. Ivory, Navy, Blue, Salmon. S-M-L-XL. Stylish pants In plain colors or 1ancy patterns come with belt loops, 2 back 2 front western pockets. Latest popular colors. YOUNG MEN'S-SIZES 30-39. MEN'S FULL CUT SIZES C. MEN'S SHORT SLEEVE DRESS SHIRTS KRESGE PRICE B. MEN'S POPLIN COTTON GOLF JACKETS KRESGE PRICE A. MEN'S SHORT SLEEVE KNIT SHIRTS KRESGE PRICE Alto available: MEN'S FULL CUT KNIT TROUSERS KRESGE PRICE A value buy! All with belt loops, 1 back 2 front pockels. Plain colors. 32-42. Comfort for Dad with a printed warp knit shirt! Placket front feafured. 4 pat- terns 3 colors available. S-M-L-XL. A bandy tapper that Dad will appreciate! Full zipper front, 2 slash pockels mesh insets in back yoke arc details. Asst'd. colors. S-M-L-XL. Anoltter value buy! All slyled with long point collar! Plains, prints and tones on lones! Assorted colors sizes. MEN'S WALKING SHORTS KRESGE PRICE 'Londoner' Made In England The popular mid-calf length of wool nylon plain knit with heather tones 6 colors. Fit 10 to 13. Dad can use these on the golf course, al the collage or around the home! Dak styles in plaids or plain colors. All wi 111 2 fronts 2 bach pockets. Sizes 30-10. shag cowhide or (ealtieredge mellov; tanned, glove leather styles! Each wilh a polished buckle. Newest described Ihe (our acres In his charge a.s "Ihe Canadian na- lional repository for wastes." He said (his c ou n I ry 's waste-disposal problem is less than one per cent thai of the U.S. largely because of Cana- dian reaclor practice. Jn Can- ada, the fuel is natural ura- nium which contains only sev- en-tenths of one per cent of fissionable iiranlum-235. FUEI, IS SAFE Bundles of new fuel can be fed safely by hand to the magazine of a reactor-loading machine. This machine can place the fuel icto the reactor, which may be under power gt the time, and can extract the spent fuel, sending it by con- veyor to a storage bay where It is kept under at least 26 feet of water. The spent fuel contains radi- oactive fission products hut there is enough storage space al Ontario Hydro's nuclear power plant at suburban Pick- ering, for instance, to hold 42 years of spent fuel safely. Each of the Pickering reac- in service and one under 116 tons of fuel. The average life of each of the fuel bun- dies, weighing 54.5 pounds each, in each reactor is be- tween 18 months and two years. Possibly when Canada has enough reactors, it may be economical 1 o retrieve ttie spent fuel and extract the plu- tonium il contains. Plutonium is firmed in the reaclor when ordinary uranium is bom- barded by neutrons from the uranium-23fi isotope. It also can be used as reaclor fuel in addition to its use as the trig- ger of the nuclear bomb. Dr. Mawson said the Ameri- can waste problem arises from the fact U.S. reactors use uronium-235, obtained by a costly enriclimenl process. Fission products are formec in .Ihe reactor, eventually re- ducing the efficiency of the original furl so it has to b withdrawn before all the ura nium-235 is used up. The fuel is (hen dissolved in acid and the valuable en- r i c h e d uranium recovered But a highly radioactive acic solution remains. Dr. Mawson said Ihis represents 99 per cent of U.S. atomic waslw. uch waslcs have to bo kept n stainless steel tanks under 'very elaborate and expen- iive protective systems." Aside from spent fuel, Can- ida has such low-level wastes is rubber gloves, broken labo- mop- icads probably used for cleaning up In atomic plant. These can h" shipped lo Chalk River in strong containers where they may safely be buried in bulldozed trench and covered with sand. Dr. Mawson no appre- ciable movement of radioact- .vity from these stor- ages into the ground water las ever been noted. Higher-level wastes such as contaminated parts from reactor pumps or elements of cobalt therapy units are bui-- ied inside steel pipes enclosed in upended sewer tile sur- rounded by concrete, all con- tained in concrete enclosures built like a house basement. But Dr. Mawson said Can- ada has no high-level waste in the American sense. RECEIVES Ri-aHlnvaile, author of the book. The Night We Stole The Mountie's Horse, received the Stephen Leacock Medal For Humor. The award is present- ed annually to the Canadian aulhnr judged lo have written llic best hook of humor dur- ing the previous year. The presentation was Mi Orillia, Out. Boyle's Column Open Daily 9 a.m. fa 6 p.tn. Thursday and Friday 9 am. to 9 p.m: By HAL BOYLE NEW YORK (AP) Re- marks a restaurant waiter gets tired of hearing when he presents the bill: "Can we borrow two pencils from you? The girls have de- cided we're all going dutch, and it'll take a little figuring. After all, there are 12 of us." "But you're a married man, Ronald. If you keep taking me to these expensive lunches, you won't be able to buy your kids new shoes this summer." "I asked you for the bill, Giuseppe, not the Italian First World War debt." "It looks like if you have to be in business today the only business to be in is the res- taurant business." "Nobody lips us. Why jhould we tip 'Here, Jim, you go over It. I know its too large but I've checked it twice and can't find anything wrong." "Sorry, George, you'll have to throw in another buck to make it come out even. Aren't you the one who insisted on having a special shot of sherry in your mock 'Frankly, if I were doing it, I'd leave him only 10 per cent instead of 15 per cent. After all, he was pretty snooty, and he didn't tell us there was a special on chicken au gratin today." "Why should a guy use a gun to hold up a bank when he can get this kind of money out of us with only a BETTER AT SALOON In the old days they served better food than Iliis at a sal- on free lunch counter. Re- "Let's do it systematically. I'll go around the table. I was the roast beef. You sure you were the club sandwich, Ed? I'm sure I distinctly heard you order a minute steak rare. And who was the sneak who ordered the fourth mar- 'Oh, hell, hand the whole thing to me and I'll put it on my expense account. One form of suicide is just as good as another." "He didn't charge us for the cold salmon, did he? Remem ber, I sent that back and switched to the corned beef hash with egg. That was four cheaper." "Write him a rubber cheque, Rodney. That was what my sliced turkey tasted like it was made of." 'Yes, I'll let you pay for my lunch just this once, Sid, H you promlM fa keep it a secret. The other girls in the women's liberation movement wouldn't like it, if they knew. We don't believe in bowing to a man's financial yoke." "No, I don't care if your apartment is only five min- utes away, Charles. Pay the man, and let's get back to tha office. I may seem odd to you, but I'm not the kind of girl who likes to wrestle on a full stomach." Airs. Urvolrl iiosls parley of UC women NOBLEFOHD (HNS) June meeting of the Nobleford Jniled Church Women was leld at the home of Mrs. Eileen Llrvold with 11 members pres- ent. Mrs. E. Urvald was in of the devotional period for evening. Plans were finalized for bake sale to be held in Batons Store, Lethbridge, June 15 5 p.m. A discussion on whether or not to hold a horticulture show and bake fair this year wax held. The members decided not [o have one for this year, as not much interest was shown in the village and community last year. In September the roll call will be a cash donation for (osier son. Woo Byung Soo's Christinas present. The UCW will not hold meet- ings d u r i n g the summer. Sepl. 6 meeting will be held in Ihe church at 8 p.m. During the summer Mrs. H. Baker, Mrs. Erickson and Mrs. A, Sherman will write to our foster child. An amount equal to that which we spent on material for layettes for missions other years will be sent to the Mis- sion and Service Fund. Mrs. If. Hann closed the meeting with prayer. Lunch was served by Mrs. Urvold and Mrs. II. Baker. POOR IMAGE VENLO, Netherlands (Reu- ler) A cow that broke loose on ils way to a slaughterhouse and stampeded through the town had to be destroyed after it became enraged at its own reflection and charged a full- length mirror In a men's wear ;