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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, October LETHBRIDOE HERALD-11 Heavy water plant t A contract has been signed by Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and Canatom of Montreal for the design and construction of the La Prade Heavy Water Plant at Gentilly, 80 miles from Montreal. The plant is being designed for an annual water production of 727 metric tons and is due for completion by 1978. million Japanese 1M Mi hirport remains unused 3 NARITA, Japan (AP) jOnly birds fly in and out of asNarita International Airport, largest and costliest installation, 45 miles east gof Tokyo. No aircraft has yet used its runway. Its futuris- HJic buildings and towers stand Jjiieless, giving the sprawling the appearance of a Space-age ghost town. 5 Though completed two Jgyears ago at a cost equivalent gto million, Narita has Sseen eight official opening Updates come and go. Because of by nearby fanners pollution-conscious city there's still no Sopening in sight. 3 The government-funded Air-' gport Corp. began work in 1966 SBSO that Narita could even- Stuallyrelieve Tokyo's heavily- gcongested Haneda Airport of gits international traffic. Farmers opposed the acqui- of their land and their want to keep urba- JJiizatiori from spreading to peanut and watermelon patches. Radical 'students "joined them and pitched bat- IJtles were fought at Narita. UjThree riot policemen were during one clash in 1971. S HALT PIPELINE S But the Airport Corp.'s didn't end once, the land was assem- bled and construction neared 5 Whole neighborhoods in Chiba city mobilized to the laying of a jet fuel under their streets. Fear- jjing explosions if an earth- jquake snapped the pipeline, uthey asked city authorities to the airport to delay the gproject. Work on the 27-mile pipeline "is "suspended" until the city's "residents and government give their approval an airport official said. The airport then started lay- ing a five-mile "provisional" pipeline to Narita, but this too has run into trouble. Local residents contended that a chemical mixed with soil as a hardener and used to bury the pipeline along a riv- erbed would spoil the area's drinking water. After a year of tests, the chemical agent was declared safe and work is to resume soon, aa airport of- ficial said. But the farmers still haven't been placated. So even when the pipeline is finished, op- position is expected to start all over again at the airport; Farmers ind their support- ers have built two 210-foot iron towers at the end of the runway, preventing even test landings by small aircraft; Foreign airline executives complain that the airport will have only one functioning run- way for the first few years. "Strong cross-winds could conceivably close the airport and if a plane were disabled on the runway, the airport would be shut down for six one said. Then there is the distance between Narita and Tokyo. "How can you expect a pas- senger who has just spent 3V8 hours flying from Hong Kong to spend another three hours to get to Tokyo from asked another foreign, execu- tive the location of die airport is actually the big- gest Auto employees can retire at 55 By THE CANADIAN PRESS The increase in pensions for workers with at least 30 years of service in the auto industry has brought a number of early retirements: Oct. 2 was the day the pen- sion for such workers meeting a qualifying age of 55 years increased to a month, from S550. The pension will climb to for those retiring Oct. 1, 1978, and after. David C. Collier, president of General Motors of Canada Ltd., said about 140 hourly- paid employees over the age of 55 had taken advantage of the early retirement plan negotiated by the United Auto Workers. Robot sub designed to inspect tankers SOUTHAMPTON, England (CP) A robot submersible has been designed to inspect the hulls of super- tankers and do away with the need for dry- docking. The first sea trials of the prototype have been successfully completed beneath the British Petroleum tanker British Purpose, moored off the west coast of Scotland. SCAN, as the device Is has been design- ed and contracted by engineers and scien- tists at the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority under a research contract placed by Underwater Maintenance Company of Southampton. The saucer-shaped vehicle, some five feet in diameter, carries two television cameras, lighting equipment and a still camera. Underwater Mainte- nance intends to use it to replace where possi- r _ Me tire visual inspec- tions normally carried out on giant tankers in drydock. In operation the vehi- cle is manoeuvred by divers to its starting position under the tanker and compressed air is used to keep it in place against the tanker's bottom plates. Control is then taken over by an operator on a tender or jetty beside the ship. Hydraulic motors that power the vehicle's driving wheels are controlled to move it systematically over the tanker's hull while inspectors watch tele- vision monitors for features requiring further investigation. Videotapes provide a permanent record of the inspection. An Atomic Energy Authority spokesman said recent tests have proved that SCAN handles well even in poor weather con- ditions and is capable of performing closely- controlled movements over large nail areas. He said the company ex- pects another group of more than 35 workers eligible for the plan to retire by early January." Although an accurate figure of the number of eligible' workers is not yet available, estimates seem to range between 700 and at GM, Wilf Duffieid, a UAW service representative said in Oshawa, Ont PROLONG DAYS He said it is possible some of those eligible will prolong their days with the company so that they may have dental work done while still covered by a new dental plan, details of which are still being thresh- ed out. Apart from the dental ad- vantages, Mr. Duffieid said some GM workers may want to postpone retirement in order to build up hours of work time so they may get full vacation pay. Mr.. Collier said GM employees were first able to take advantage of an early retirement plan in 1971 at age 58. adding that the number retiring Oct. 2 is nearly three times the number that retired early under the 1971 plan. GM has an hourly work force of about with retired workers and their sur- vivors receiving company- paid pension benefits. The company continues to pay benefits for life insurance, hospital and medical expenses for their retired employees. At Oakville, Ont., Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd. said 213 of its employees had taken advantage of the "30-and-out" option. AI Liddell, financial secretary for UAW Local 200 in Oakville, said he expects many workers to retire by next summer, adding he feels many are holding off for the extra week's vacation with pay at the Christmas-New Year's period. Chester Allen, who retired Oct. 2 at age 35 after 34 years of employment with Ford in Windsor, Ont., said he "figured it was time to get out" "Too many people are dying young." France shuns oil plan LUXEMBOURG (Reuter) France told its eight'Euro- pean .Common Market partners Tuesday it still is not ready to join an oil-sharing scheme worked out with Canada, the United States, Japan and Norway. French Foreign Minister Jean Sauvagnargues set out a number of French reser- vations to his colleagues at a meeting of the Common Market council of ministers here, informed sources said. The draft energy-saving and-sharing program has been negotiated over the last six months by a 12-country co- ordinating group set up follow- ing last February's Washington conference of ma- jor oil. users. France has declined since the outset to take part in the group's work and Sauvag- nargues said Tuesday France .feels the grouping of oil con- sumers in this way might lead to a confrontation with petro- leum-exporting countries. He also said the work of the 12 might pre-empt some parts of the Common Market's own energy policy, which still is being formulated. ECORD SPEC! 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