Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan on July 22, 1965 · Page 12
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Ironwood Daily Globe from Ironwood, Michigan · Page 12

Ironwood, Michigan
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Thursday, July 22, 1965
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TWELVE IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE, IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN THURSDAY, JULY 22, 1965. Nuclear Industry Has One of Nation's Best Safety Records (Editor's Note: This is another in a series of dispatches telling the story of atomic energy on its 20th birthday. The report was written from Idaho Falls, Idaho, one stop on a 10,000-mile tour). By ROBERT COCIINAR Newspaper Enterprise Assn. IDAHO FALLS, Idaho—(NEA) ; —On December 2, 1942, Warren Nyer took his post on a squash court, at the University of Chica-j go's Stagg Field. Nyer wasn't playing squash thati evening; he was sitting on top of a crude nuclear reactor and operating the rods which would sustain the world's first nuclear chain reaction. Nyer admits that "it perhaps, wasn't the safest place to be." He should know. Today I found him j in charge of nuclear safety tech-! nology at the world's largest nu- i rJear test facility, the National Keactor Testing Station near Idaho Falls. j Nyer also admits—no "per-j haps" here—that if he had to choose between living next to a chemical plant and an atom i c : power station, "I'd choose the power station anytime." [ But many of Nyer's fellow citi-' zens want nothing whatever to do with anything even remotely connected with atomic energy, I despite the fact that the nuclear industry has chalked up one of' the best safety records in the country. j The public's concern hasi caused a few significant crimps 1 in the burgeoning nuclear power' program. Fearful California n s caused utility to postp one' plans to build a reactor. A! New York utility quietly forgot! about building an atomic power station in the Bronx after a' former chairman of the Atomic i Energy Commission was quoted! as saying he wouldn't want to i live next to one. Yet residents of Dresden, 111., who have been living next door! to a working reactor for four! years, have no fear. Residents of i Idaho Falls display no fear of the 20-odd reactors at the Test- ting Station, even when some of the reactors are purposely ex-j ploded or, as the trade terms it,! "take nuclear excursions." j So why the great fear of reac-' tors? | AEC Chairman Glenn Seaborg' puts it this way. "To many peo-i pie, I am sure, nuclear energy is the A-bomb or the H-bomb. But if one examines the facts in the matter, one would find that in about 20 years of operation of; reactors, there has not been a) single accident that has caused | any known injury to the public outside AEC plant areas. "And the safety record of personnel working inside AEC contractor plants has been phenomenally good. This safety record is no accident, but is the result of a very careful analysis and control at every stage of nuclear activity." ' Much of this analysis and control is being doi.e at Idaho's huge Testing Station. Nyer explained to me: "We're trying to understand possible accidents, feed this information into reactor design considerat ions and eliminate unnecessary re-, strictions. "Test reactors at the Stati o n are pushed to the limits of their performance. Through th e s e tests, scientists have found reactors are capable of withstanding more abuse than was once thought." No commercial reac-i tor is pushed even close to the j limit. j Nyer thinks it may be possible! that the AEC itself caused doubt i by "unduly emphasizing the negative" aspects of safety. "Even though some very high- level brainpower has been con-j cerned with the future of atomic j energy and its safety," Nyerj says, "we really haven't done a' first-class job of transferring this; information to the public." | Reactor safety is but one area : of the industry's atomic energy safety program. Transport i n g and storing radioactive wastes — the unwanted by products ofi the nuclear fission process —are perhaps an even greater problem than reactor safety. There isn't as much waste as there could have been, however. Scientists have developed an in- genius fuel • recovery process! which converts a considerable! amount of radioactive was t e back into useable atomic fuel. The country's first major advance in treating "radwaste," as the trade call radioactive waste, took place at the Testing Station's Waste Calcining Facil i t y. This plant is converting radioactive waste solutions to a safer solid form having only one-tenth the volume previously stored. Still, however small in volume, the waste must be dumped somewhere. Since its radioactive halflife is about 100 years, the material must be kept entombed for that period. Big stainl ess Gehrmann Urges Pollution Control "Much has been said recently in regard to water pollut i o n as a part of our general conservation of natural resourc e s, and although in northern Wisconsin it hasn't -been a real problem yet, one only has to look around to realize how important it is that we should start immediately to get serious about the dangers," says Assemblyman Barney Gehrmann of Ashland. "Ruination of our lakes and! streams is a certainty unless we j do fake plans now. Just last| week I visited friends here on! Lake Mendota. It is shocking to) see its condition. The amount of algae, erosion and general pollution is a terrible sight to see. Even the fish are not good tasting any more. This lake will ' soon be undesirable for swimming and recreation unless an all-out drive against pollution is started immediately," G e h r- mann stated. "There are several bills in the legislature to help the situation, and I would hope for passage of such legislation before we in Northern Wisconsin reach those severe pollution stages be i n g experienced In many areas now. I One such bill Is 324,A., which) former Assemblyman Vic Wallin has done much work on. I commend him highly for his good thinking. "It is also very important that the federal government enact! federal legislation to cover all] states. It is not sufficient for one county or one state to have j good pollution control vhile a neighboring county or state creates pollution. Therefor federal controls are necess a r y, and here I commend United j States Senator Gaylord Nelson' for his tireless efforts to this end. "It is better that we spend the money now and make plans now before we lose our most Important natural resource," concluded Gehrmann. World Bank to Help Finance Road Study WASHINGTON (AP) — The World Bank has agreed to help finance a study designed to prepare a five-year highway New Law Lowers Age TRFNTON, N.J. (AP) — Gov. Richard J. Hughes has signed ivprovemenc program in Chile. into law a bill lowering the compulsory school attendance age in New Jersey from 7 to 6 years old. WITH THE COLORS BEEVILLE, TEX. — Mar 1 n • First Lieutenant Theodore J. Keskey, son of Mrs. Imog e n e Keskey of 205 W. Coolldge Ave., Ironwood, was designated a Marine Corps Aviator and received his "Wings of Gold," July 1 upon completing flight training at the U. S. Naval Auxil 1 a r y Air Station, Beeville, Tex. His designation represents 18 months of flight training both at Beeville and at the U. S. Naval Air Station at Pensacola, Fla. Lt. Keskey is a graduate of the Illinois institute of Technology at Chicago, 111. GRADUATE—Roger E. Masse, son of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Masse, Bessemer, was graduated with honors from the Unl-1 versify of Wyoming, Laramie, in June. He received a bachelor of arts degree in English education. In recognition of outstanding scholastic achievement, he was awarded an assistantship so will be doing graduate work toward his master's degree, in addition to his teaching at the university next year. He is a member of Kappa Delta Pi, honorary fraternity. Roger is a 1960 graduate of the A. D. Johnston High School, Bessemer. SAVE! PICNIC ^\|)JU6 1 *r BUY! 7 Regu/or/y $2.49 steel drums buried in the Idaho desert hold much of it. Waste transport and s t o r age have given rise to a thriving new outrigger inudstry, All i e d Maintenance, a New York firm engaged in industrial main t e - nance and janitorial work, has a division to handle radwaste on a contract basis. Other firms avidly compete for the business. Safety is a fetish with the atomic industry. Even visitors to atomic sites must carry dosimeter sticks and film badges which register radioactivit y . And the very occasional employer who absorbs more than the AEC-recommended dosage annually is hustled to an area far removed from radioactivity. This maximum rate is less than a patient receives when he is exposed to X rays from a convention hospital machine. After the hue and cry over radiation were raised, scient i s t s made a comparative study of radioactive discharge from the somekstacks of con ventional coal-burning power -plants and nuclear plants. And according to Dr. Merrill Eisenbud of the New York University Medical Center, "electrical generating stations that derive their energy from foss i 1 fuels (coal) discharge relatively greater quantities of radioactive substances into the. atmosphere than many power plants that derive their heat from nuclear energy." No one can totally dismiss the possibility of an accident in the nuclear industry— or any other industry. But Dr. Seaborg has said this: "The probability of a serious accident is extremeley low. The likelihood of a dangerous consequence should a serious accident occur is even lower. The possibilities for such improbab 1 e accidents in many other areas of our technological society are not given equivalent attention." U» Ftimdlv Sto.. Famous Vacucel Insulation Keeps Hot or Cold to 12 Hrs. Generous Gallon Capacity 3,500 Cases of Beer Will Be Auctioned BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An auction Monday is to satisfy an $8,348 judgment won by an advertising firm against a Bismarck brewery. On the block will be 3,500 cases of beer. 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