Tyrone Daily Herald from Tyrone, Pennsylvania on July 17, 1980 · Page 6
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Page Six Tyrone Daily Herald, Thursday, July 17,1980 Three Mile Island: Mock Accident Said 'Success' HARRISBURG, Pa. (UPI) — Pennsylvania civil defense officials, still smarting from criticism of their performance during the Three Mile Island crisis, say a mock accident at the same plant was a success. "I think this exercise shows we are 100 percent prepared," said Oran Henderson, director of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, of the eight-hour drill held Wednesday to test evacuation plans. "We were not ready," added Henderson in reference to the accident at Three Mile Island March 28,1979. "We are ready today. "I hope one of the effects of this exercise will be to restore confidence in the state's ability to cope with this kind of accident." Wednesday's "accident" at Three Mile Island began with a 6:38 a.m. call from the nuclear plant to a PEMA duty officer warning that some cooling water had been lost, raising the possibility of a dangerously overheated reactor. The fake alert kicked off a planned eight-hour exercise designed to give PEMA officials and civil defense authorities in five counties a chance to evaluate the effectiveness of evacuation planning in the event of a nuclear accident. Amidst the state's bustling Emergency Operations $2,500 That's all it takes to put you in a high-yielding MIF/NATIONWIDE MONEY MARKET FUND Offering: High current yield earned daily. • No penalty for early withdrawal. • Free checkwriting ($500 minimum). • No redemption fee. For a prospectus, contact: JAMES P. KIMMEL Rt. 220, R.D. 4 Box 32 Phone 684-0423 Tyrone NEIL W. KIMMEL 467 Park Avenue Phone 684-4874 Tyrone representing: HERITAGE SECURITIES, INC. alhlialed with NATIONWIDE MUTUAL INSURANCE CO. Home office Columbus. Ohio Branch OH,CQ lOOONotionwidoDr Horiisbutg Pa Center, Henderson emphasized that the drill was confined to the state and county civil defense headquarters and the nuclear plant, PEMA officials took precautions to ensure the mock accident wasn't misunderstood by already-edgy local residents like when rumors provoked by Orson Welles' 1938 broadcast of a fictional invasion of UFOs, "War of the Worlds'" frightened uninformed citizens. All key state officials were participating in the drill, with the exception of Gov. Dick Thornburgh, who was in Detroit for the Republican National Convention. In the event of a serious accident, evacuation of people is the governor's main responsibility. Henderson said that emergency procedures had worked well during the ex-., ercise except for some "oral communications problems." He cited one example in which county officials failed to get information contained in fake press releases that had, hypothetically, already been distributed to the press. A similar problems occurred during the real Three Mile Island accident when county officials complained that the news media often got crucial information before they did. Henderson said the drill showed authorities were "100 percent prepared" for another nuclear accident. However, he acknowledged that "no two nuclear accidents are going to be the same. "The procedures are developing well this morning ... (but) in actual situations, • there certainly would have to • be modifications." There were also apparent shortcomings in the state's preparedness. For example, noteboards in the operations center indicated Lancaster County of' ficials had requested a chemical blocking agent to .protect emergency workers against radioactive iodine that would be relased in an accident. However, Pennsylvania Health Secretary H. Arnold Muller, on hand in the center, acknowledged the state had none of the blocking agent, potassium iodide, to distribute. This and other failings on the part of state officials were criticized by the President's Commission on Three Mile Island, a study conducted by the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission and a congressional investigating committee chaired by Sen. Gary Hart, DColo. COCKADOODLE DON'T: The Sudbury, Mass., zoning board had all sorts of instructions for Kristin Mitchell, but it left out one important bit of information. The board didn't tell her 'how you make a rooster keep its big beak shut at sunrise. Mrs. Mitchell went to the board for a permit to allow her to keep a flock of chickens and let them roam free on her 6 acres of land. She got the permit, but it was full of catches. It restricted her flock to eight hens and demanded they be locked up at all times. But it was the rooster restriction that threw her. Under no circumstances, the board told her, would she be allowed to keep "any rooster capable of crowing." She's suing the board which her lawyer says is guilty of "over-regulation." HAKD LESSON History proves that it's never too late to learn, but folks sometimes learn that too late. Worn-Out Pans May Be Cause Of Illness "BOSTON (UPI) Aluminum from worn-out pots and pans can leach into cooked food and cause mental disorders, a Yale University Medical School physician warns. In a letter Wednesday to the New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Steven Levick said aluminum cookware often corrodes, leaving a pitted surface with a white powdery deposit around the pits. Research shows ingesting aluminum causes several forms of madness, Levick said. "Large numbers of people in our aluminum-using society may be the victims of slow aluminum poisoning from several sources, 1 ' he wrote. Aluminum in the body appears to associate itself with thread-like portions of nerve cells, the researcher said. One study showed individuals with high aluminum levels suffered from poor memory and impaired coordination, paired coordination. 'The One Bad Ride': Hitchhiker Learns Companions Slain ARE YOU DEPRESSED OVER HIGH PRICES? TRY SAM'S 4th OF JULY SALE SAM'S DEPRESSES PRICES NOT PEOPLE SAM'S FULL VALUE FURNITURE, INC. PHILIPSBURG.PA. SALE GOING ON NOW THROUGH SAT. JULY 19th 9 to 9 Daily Except 9 to 5 Wed. & Sat. NORTHFORD, Conn. (UPD — Liz Johndrow, 19, left t\ vo women friends at a truckstop near Richmond, Va., because of a premonition. The last thing they said to her before resuming hitchhiking was "Becareful!" They were shot to death the same day. Authorities had searched for Miss Johndrow since the June 25 killings, fearing she may have been a third victim. But she was still awaiting a visit from the women — and a carefree Vermont vacation with relatives — until she heard of the slayings when a friend telephoned from Eugene, Ore. "Saturn didn't know what to expect," Miss Johndrow said Wednesday, referring to the astrological sign. Her hitchhiking companions, Vicki Durian, 26, of Wellman, Iowa, who was nicknamed "Bright Star," and Nancy Santomero, 19, O f Huntington, N.Y., were headed for a gathering of the "Rainbow Family," a sum- mcr encampment in Marlinton, W. Va., for the back-to-nature movement. Resentful locals sometimes t er m it an assembly of hippies. The women's bodies were found within 40 miles of their destination. Each had been shot with a high-powered rifle at close range, police said. Both were clothed and there was no evidence of sexual assault. No arrests have been made. Miss Johndrow said she contacted a newspaper, The Pochontas Times in Marlinton, Wednesday to learn about her friends' .deaths and was then told West Virginia state police were looking for her. The women's hitchhiking odyssey began in mid-June at Iowa City, Iowa. While none had ever experienced trouble hitchhiking, Miss Johndrow said, "I guess not all the good rides make up for the one bad as I window me not Rainbow Johndrow one." The day before the three split up they were picked up by the sympathetic driver of a commercial bus in South Carolina. "H was raining, and stared out the something told to go to the gathering," Miss said. She telephoned home, found out her father, Robert, a swimming pool salesman, was about to remarry and decided to return to this small New Haven suburb she left in January for the open road. The three women made happy plans on the bus to spend the summer with Miss Johndrow at the homes of her father in Townshend, VI., and her brother Lee in Jamaica Vt. Miss Johndrow said, "Hitchhiking is a cheap, easy! free way to travel. We could get off anywhere we wanted. No worries about gas or cars. You meet nice people. You get places to stay at night. Meals bought for you. "You meet people who are just interested in hearing about your travels. We were no strings attached people. No one ever gave us a hard time sexually." PHILADELPHIA (UPD A Philadelphia grand'jury has indicted two New Jersey men in connection with the alleged 1976 bombing and attempted arson of a Chester, Delaware County, meat packing plant. The indictment, issued Wednesday, accused Richard W. Price, 46, of Mount Laurel and Livio Miraglia, 47, of Somers Point of trying to destroy the former Price Brothers meat packing plant, in order to collect $400,000 in insurance payments. If convicted Price could be jailed 45 years and fined $18,000, while Miraglia faces 25 years in jail and $14,000 in fines. Both were charged with conspiracy and mail fraud. CORRECTION CHARMIN BATHROOM TISSUES WHITE OR COLOR 4PACKPKG. 99 TYRONE FOODLAND ^^^ -^ -^ -^ m v ^— •— - —- ^— ^ [WALLPAPER! ENTIRE STOCK REDUCED! HOME IMPROVEMENT SUPERMART 0 WALLPAPER jfSALl I NATIONAL INVENTORY ROLLS IN STOCK! 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