ICC Chief Takes Strong Stand Against Building Any More N-Plants By Harrison Weber (tan Dilt> Preii AiMcl«Uo» DES MOINES - Iowa's commerce commission chairman, Maurice Van Nostrand, has taken a strong position against the construction of any more nuclear generating plants in the state. Van Nostrand's opposition is based solely on the economics of building a nuclear generating facility, not from the standpoint of safety. The state official first made his views known at a recent meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington, D.C. "I'd love to embrace more nuclear power," Van Nostrand asserted. "We need all the electricity we can get in Iowa. But there are monumental unanswered questions in the economics of nuclear generation. There are literally no answers; but until we get them, as commission chairman, I will do what I can to prevent any company from investing in a nuclear plant," Van Nostrand told the group. In an interview, Van Nostrand said his decision was based on a personal in-depth study of the problem which culiminated with a visit to Washington with various energy officials plus*a letter from Frank Zarb, administrator of the Federal Energy Administration. Van Nostrand said he had posed three questions to Zarb: —At what cost, and from what source, is the fuel to be obtained to run these nuclear plants until the year 2000? —Where, and at what cost, will the spent fuel from Midwest nuclear plants be reprocessed? . —Where, and at what cost, is the long term storage of Fred Reyes of the STORM LAKE HEARING AID SERVICE Announces HEARING AID SERVICE So that we can better service our users, we will be available for Hearing Aid Service the second Friday of every month starting Friday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the City Hotel. This will be a continuous service for the Carroll and surrounding area. If you have difficulty hearing, we invite you to come in for a Free Hearing Test. (No Obligation). . Better Product. . . Better Service Box 396 Phone 732-3775 ' STORM LAKE HEARING AID SERVICE radioactive wastes to be accomplished? ' Not only was Zarb unable to answer the questions, but he put Van Nostrand off in saying when his agency would be able to answer them. In discussing the events that led up to his decision, Van Nostrand said the safety issue involving nuclear energy has become very emotional and Van Nostrand believes overplayed by nuclear critic Ralph Nader. "Almost no attention has been given to tjhe things that we normally look at in America — that's reliability and economics. How can you lock the ratepayers into a system when nobody in the U.S. can tell you what the costs will be? "The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NCR), as far as I know, is doing a good job on the safety side. I may worry Tlmti Herald, Carroll, la. m Q W»dn«iday, March 10, 1976 I O about it as an individual, but I do not worry about it as a regulator. It's not my responsibility^ nor is it anyone's in this state. But there is no one who looks at the economic effect of that kind of operation, except the commerce commission, and the utility." John Lewis, president of the Iowa Utilities Association, said his group is seven investor-owned utilities has no problern with Van Nostrand developing a background of information. "We think he would probably want to do this on all forms of energy including nuclear. We see no problem in his asking the kind of questions that he has and wanting written answers. "I don't think we can stop there. We have to look at this from the total perspective of available energy from all sources that we can find, including coal, nuclear, solar and any of the exotic forms that are developed," Lewis said. In regard to what it costs to build a nuclear plant, Lewis asked, "what will it cost to build a house 10 or 20 years from now? Nobody knows." Van Nostrand said he really became alarmed when the Morris, 111., reprocessing plant failed and was closed down after General Electric had spent $65 million on the plant. The closing of this plant "put a cloud on nuclear development in the Midwest," according to Van Nostrand. A nuclear fuel reprocessing plant is under construction at Barnwell, S.C., but the completion date has varied Life in Lighthouse is Bleak and Boring OLD SAYBROOK, Conn. (AP) — Stranded at the very tip of solid ground;- the lighthousekeeper's wife tells a tale of loneliness, boredom and longing for spring. "Everything is bleak," says Violet Horoschak of her winter on Lynde Point. What passes for normal human activity is an abnormality for her in a from 1978 to 1983. "Where are they going to put the wastes?" Van Nostrand asked, Lewis, spokesman for the investor-owned utilities in Iowa, said the federal government has several alternatives under study for disposing of such wastes. "Very frankly we too wish they would make up their mind." The cost of fuel to run the nuclear plants is more important now than ever, Van Nostrand said, because of the acknowledged inability of Westinghouse Electric Corp to meet its fuel commitments. "How many times in the history of this country has a major corporation voluntarily gone into court and said, 'look we got things messed up. Will you help us out?' "They sold 60 million pounds ,of yellowcake (uranium) for delivery between now and 1992 or 1993 and they have only 15 million pounds; they don't have the other 45 million nor the reserves to back it up. It's a disaster," Van Nostrand said. , "We're not saying that nuclear power is a panacea to all of our future electrical generation problems," Lewis said. "As far as economics, nuclear has had price increases we wish it would not have had, but so had coal and ' certainly oil has... "We certainly don't begrudge the chairman (Van Nostrand) wanting to have all the information he can on this, and for expressing.his concerns to other officials and the public. But, I don't think you can look at one set of problems without looking at all of the problems," Lewis said. two-family house tucked next to the 1860 lighthouse where her husband works. With few visitors, she passes long hours reading books. And with someone required to be home all the time to answer the telephone, the Horoschaks can't go out with the Bowdlers, who live in the other half of the modern house. "It's so boring, there's nothing to do. It's a place to get fat. eat, lie around and watch TV. Even my dog's gained weight." The mailman doesn't come to the lighthouse, five miles from the center of town, next to the borough of Fenwick. The school bus stops a mile away. All the summer homes are boarded up. Only two other families stay all winter, the only sign .of human life for miles. 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