The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on November 21, 1950 · Page 13
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 13

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, November 21, 1950
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TUESDAY, XOVEMBBCT'tt, Plants Where Plutonium Is Made Are Safest Working Place in World unit.! oetmtBii wvwv i By HOWARD-W. BI.AKrSI.FF, 4. Associated Press Science fAltar HIGHLAND, Wnsh.; Nov. 21. (/P)— On the records, :the sa'fest working place in the world Is the Hanford Atomic Heactor plants here making Plutonium for bombs. . "Unprotected," the records read, "a man could not safely come within a quarter of * mile of such a nuclear chain reaction as lakes place IjMtsHanford pile." j • ^fcil ho Hanford worker ever has' been harmed by these radioactive rays. Only a few have* gotten In an entire year as much radioactivity *s having your ch<«t x-rayed. X- rays are one form of radioactivity. Thick concrete walls furnish most of the protection, but there are Jobs In which workers walk right Into the rays. Here is a case, In a plant where fresh plutonlum Is separated from .forty kinds of radioactive substances. Men with periscopes, magnifying lenses and powerful lights detected > piece of apparatus out of order. A remote control crane lilted It over a wall to an area free from rays. But the piece Itself was emitting powerful gamma ; rays. Safely Fence Set Up * A crew taped paper on the floor where the piece was to rest, lo save the floor from getting radioactive. .The distance the rays would travel 'from the apparatus was calculated, and a safely fence set up at the limits of danger. The piece had .to be repaired First a crew trained on an Identical piece of apparatus, to save time when they came to the "hot" apparatus. As much as eight hours on a job of repairs has been saved by this foresight. Whether the rays hurt you depends on how long you slay, and how close. After training, the crewmen stripped. Those with cuts or scratches on hands and arms were rejected ^te others dressed In two pairs of ' "WM coveralls, .two pairs of gloves rubber and leather, cloth hats fastened down over hair, and rubbers over shoes. They wore masks furnishing their, own. oxygen for breathing. At the fence the men found their tools already laid out at pointy nearest each tool's probable need All the tools were long-handled. Part.of the'crew stepped Inside the fence, into the direct rays, which then bathed their bodies. New men bii' this kind 6[ job say they feel the rays pricking their skin. Thai secnis 'to be nerves, because experienced men never feel anything. Reserves On Hand ' A timekeeper watched them checking, how much of the rays each worker got. Presently he signaled one lo come away. That man left the Job, because lie had received alKthe rays permissible on one day. One of the reserves took his place. So It went until the Job was .done.• • By that time every man's clothes -.were presumed to be covered with radioactive atoms. The crew. wenl to n room where they stripped these ROYAL OUTING-LitUe Prince Charles, second in line to the Bniish Ihrone, ii liken by his nurse on a morning ouling'fn a London park on his second birlhday. For his birthday celebration the Prince enjoyed a imall family party at the Clarence House, horn* ot bu parent*. Prince PiUllD and Princess Elizabeth. clothes, washed, ano h»d their ban skin tested for radioactivity. Somt had radioactivity -on their hands, the parta which had been closest to the "hot" apparatus. The, 1 * had to jcrub several times with special green aoapg and other chemtcala. The amount of radioactivity permitted these workers In less than the natural radioactivity which everyone gels fro mthe air at one mile altitude. Dust ana air might get radioactive In 'the. Hanford plants, and for thuj robot monitors detect the contamination long before It is dangerous. The .robots blow whistles, ring bells'and flash lights in warning. To make absolutely sure .the United States Atomic Ehergy Commission requires of the few thousand Hanford workers about two- 'and-a-half million separate measurements for radioactivity each year. '51 Ford coming Friday November 24 ,06 I>ear Lord, how can we thank Thee Tialf enough: For all Thy gifts to us tm'g fruitful year! ' For spring's bright promise gloriously fulfilled This harvest-time; for these that are more dear Than bread assured: all the sweet joys of life — Home, work, love, friends — that gild the passing days; And children's laughter on the evening air For all, dear Lord, we give Thee grateful praise. But most of all, 0 God, we thank Thee for Our cherished heritage of freedom. Here Where men walk safely, surely; speak and pray As each one wills, and freely, without fear, ' Lord make us strong to hold and spread this boon I From'our abundance help the weak to raise Their hearts and come to share our brotherhood, And join with us in songs of thanks and praise! Ark-Mo Power Co. EDSON 1th missile -production. MM* Curhe DM ea Baiic Material* National Production Authority'* ew order cutting back aluminum or civilian* to M per cent of first x months' uw may be Juat the lut of > terlei of »uch limitation rderi. NPA will aoon order eon- rol» on copper, nickel and dnc. rnder C|OM Krulinjr U the,tupply arfely on Imports'a re being walch- -•d closely. Thl» would Include prln- Ipally copper and tin, to a lesser xtent lead and rinc. New gtyle UNBBA fer Kane New Korean recovery protram be- lini to look like an UNRRA type peratlon It may meet opposition n Contren for Jutt that reason 'op agency will be UNCURK — United Nations Communion for the Unification and -Rehabilitation of Korea. It will have representative* f «even nation* ai member!. They cill constitute policy makers and ward of directors. Secretary will e Constantln SUvroupoulos '\ ireek. Operating agency which does the rorjc will be UNKRA—United Na- lons Korean Reconstruction Agen•y It will be headed by an Agent Seneral, Col. Alfred O. Katzin of South Africa, who has Jflst lefl "-ake Success for Korea. He will lave to make a survey of requirements, get supplies moving, disperse hem and report to UN Genera Assembly. \ He will have a five-man advls- >ry committee, one from each of he five nations that contribute the most money. U.S. official* want the reconstruction job In Korea done under the name of the United Na- lons, even though the old UNRRA did have Its faults. UNRRA'j biggest trouble came from Communist dissipation of'aid for political propaganda purposes. Commiet won't have a hand in UNKRA operations. Nary Secretary Left in a Hurry Before Nayy Secretary Fr«nel« Continued from nyont who l*n't a government 'of l or a manufacturer connected tuUlon on cobalt, tuntiten, cad- -ilum and mtnianew. In abort, all iaterlal« for which U.S. dep*nd« Matthews left for hU extended tour of the Pacific, he Invited^ several newspaper men t« accompany him. for some unexplained rtaton, however, the secretary took off In a great rush, leavlnt the • expectant newspaper men behind, iven mo«t of the high Navy braid wti not Informed on ih« bou'a departure. G.I. MueeMea BeWHU EM Neat Mlj On July 2», 1M1, all vel. of World war H who haven't started o.I. training will low further education righU, Deadline will automatically disqualify veterann called to active duty, If they had not previously enrolled In' .some training course To avoid this cut-off, Veterans' Administration attorneys are advising men on active duty to «l«rt some nlghl tchool COUTM in any town near their camp*. Thi« takes advantage of loophole In O.I. Bill of HljrhU which permlU yet* to continue eourtei after the deadline, If they had started courses but been forced to stop them for reasons be- TAOI y«nd their control. Gray Finances Own European Junket 1 Before the Korean wnr, the Willie House had agreed to send Veterans' Administrator Curl R. Gray, Jr., to Europe. His assignment was to study European railroads, During World War II, General Gray WHS director of military transport. When Korea happened, Gray was told he couldn't so. Biit apparently he had his mind set on the visit, so he took off lor > private junket, which he Is paying for. General Gray hns bcc-n gone since Oct. 3, but Is expected hack sooii. While he has been away, (he VA work load hns Increased. Tile Cltl- xerui' CommlUcc for the Hoover re- organlaztton report hns had VA under constant fire, accusing It of gross Inefficiency and In need of a complete reorganization. Since taking Ihe Veterans' post, General Cray has been away from his desk a great deal of Ihe time, touring the country to visit VA IrBlnlla- tlona and Hudy their problem* at first hand. He lets his staff do the paper work and red-tape administration. Slvri l> »tm a Prebltm Steel situation ii still Indefinite because ^il7< of military program requirements Is unknown. Rumors that only five to 10 per cent of steel capacity would be required for arms production are not confirmed by National Producllon Authority Administrator William H. Harrison "WORLD'S SMALLEST HEARING AID Mr. G. .G. Anderson, owner and operator of (he Hearing; Aid Center, who represents several manufacturers of hearing aids will be at (he Noble Hotel Wednesday, Nov. 22nd, lo conduct a Clinic for the purpose of giving a complete audiomefric check of ytuir henring free of charge. / The hearing aid weighs 2 % ui. complete. Those of you who have been wailing for fhe smallest can now enjoy the best in hearing. Vasl improvements in ''directional" sounds, more like natural hearing. Hoar better for less money. , ; • Don't fail lo see our display of several makes of hearing aids, priced from $95.00 up. G. G.ANDERSON HEARING AID CENTER Lobby-Paul Brown Bldg. St. Louis 1,.Missouri He polnta out that requirement* for steel alloys may rim 20 U) M per cent, ot available supply, Grandiose talk of expanding- U,3. steel capacity Is considered premature by Commerce Secretary Charjw Sawyer unless attention it first 'sdven to expanding supplies of manga- nesc, iron ore anpV ore-carrying capacity, ' " While and brown eggs hive difference in food values. n« PAY LESS GET MORE ILHBEI WHimT. Ill rl**F.m JTUICIT WIISUES IK THIS PlttlCT alt Pfll TUIS M DDK 111, 17'A* tnUUIIT •MSIIK, U'Af. UMR lllTtat See how semes ttieSoutti-betterl G AJ90UNB ttwt'i modern -.-.-.tor poner-pf M motoring... ie specially designed for your kind of drivinf, here in the South, by lion. 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