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Arizona Republic from Phoenix, Arizona · Page 36

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UUJ-IM AEC studies show power plants 4 Ocean storm forces delay in dumping of nerve gas Associated Press Associated Press UNITED NATIONS-Nuclear power exposes the public to "minimal and insignificant" doses of radiation, a study of the nation's 21 operating civilian nuclear power plants reported yesterday. "Based on the experience of the first decade of experience with civilian nuclear power," a report said, "environmental radioactivity will not be a limitation that will impede its development." But the report cautioned that other environmental factors, such as dumping of heated water from power plants into the nation's waters, may be the controlling factor in the number and size of power stations to be built at any given site. The report was presented by Prof. Merril Eisenbud of the Institute of Environmental Medicine, New York University Medical Center, to a symposium on the environmental effects of nuclear power stations. The five-day international symposium at U.N. headquarters, which ended yesterday, was sponsored by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. Eisenbud, former head of New York City's Environmental Protection Administration, said environmental radiation should not limit the need to build about 400 reactors, on 150 to 200 different sites, by the year 2000. "The decade of the 70s," he added, "should 'give us the assurance that our nuclear industry can grow to maturity as a blessing to mankind that will bring to the world the great benefits of electrical energy with a minimum assault on the wholesomeness of our environment." Eisenbud's repdrt, however, did not consider thermal effects and he conceded they also must be considered. Many environmentalists are concerned that water drawn from rivers, streams and coastal waters to cool reactors is heated in the process to an extent that subtle, long-range effects occur. WASHINGTON-Threatening winds of a tropical storm yesterday forced the Navy to postpone today's departure of a nerve gas shipment to be scuttled on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. A Navy spokesman said the departure was delayed at least 22 hours until tomorrow. He said weather observers will continue to watch the storm and there is a possibility of an even later postponement. Longshoremen completed loading the 418 vaults of obsolete Army nerve gas aboard the rusting Liberty ship last night, and tugs had planned to start towing it into the Atlantic early today. Capt. A. G. Hamilton, commander of the sea phase of the operation, said he would not take the Liberty ship and its cargo bf gas out of port at Sunny Poiftt, N.C., until the U.S. Weather Bureau gave him a prediction of 96 hours of good weather. Earlier yesterday, the U.S. Court of Appeals announced it will hear testimony Monday to determine whether the Army should be halted in its plan to dump the 2,657 tons of lethal gas into the sea 280 miles off the Florida coast. The order came on a petition by conservation forces seeking to override a lower court's refusal earlier in the day to prohibit disposal of the 418 concrete coffins containing the gas. However, the effect of the appellate court's order was inconclusive in that it did not bind the Army and the Defense Department. Although the lower court ruling, issued by U.S. District Court Judge June L. Green, rejected a petition for a temporary restraining order, the judge voiced an "urgent request" that the Army consider another site for the disposal in some area where the water is more shallow than the selected 16,000 - foot depth, 282 miles east of Florida. There was no immediate indication of what the Army or the Defense Department would do with the unwanted liqui- fied nerve gas. The Army last night completed loading the gas aboard an old Liberty ship hulk at Sunny Point, N.C. The last of the coffins was hoisted on board at 5:30 p.m. Arizona time. A Pentagon spokesman said the Defense Department had no comment on the court's decision to hear testimony Monday. If the Army sticks to its original schedule, the ship should depart Sunday Point this weekend, probably today, and be in position to scuttle the vessel by Tuesday. x A tropical depression described by the Weather Bureau as dangerous was moving in the general direction of the dump area northeast of the Bahamas. Navy Capt. A. G. Hamilton, commander of the sea phase of the operation, said the weather is being watched closely- "We will not leave port until we have a 96-hour prediction of good weather," he said. The court fight to prevent dumping of the gas off Florida was brought by Gov. Claude Kirk of Florida and a New York- based conservationist group, the Environmental Defense Fund. Judge, Green said she had serious misgivings about the site selected by the Army. She noted testimony at a daylong hearing Thursday- that this would be the first time the Army had sunk lethal chemicals in waters of such great depth. She said the pressure at such depths posed the danger of a sudden and simultaneous crushing of all the concrete containers, releasing all the gas at once. Two years ago, she noted, the Army disposed of gas in 7,000 feet of water off New Jersey and subsequent checks by Navy scientists showed no detectable harm to marine life there. • The Army has expressed nervousness about any further delay, saying there has been some evidence of leakage in the concrete and steel coffins and that chemical experts say there"might be an explosion if the gas leaks into the propellant chambers of the rockets. 7 WE'RE SELLING OUT O TO THE BARE WALLS! All Carpet Must Go Regardless of Cost CARPET SALE SHU-SHU Your Choice - Polyester or Nylon Level Loop or Hi-Low Sculptured 5 f^ •• Completely Installed SI ^M Over Heavy Lifetime To '6.95 Waffle Rubber Pad *q- Yd. 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Substantial population increases already had been indicated for the four other Pacific states, including Hawaii and Alaska, which showed percentage gains of 18 and 30 per cent, respectively, over 1960. The California increase of 3,979,636 over the decade boomed the five-state total to 26,132,566 and a 23.2 per cent increase over the 1960 count of 21,198,044. Earlier preliminary figures credited Washington with a population of 3,337,627 for 1970 and a gain of 17 per cent over 1960, while Oregon's count of 2,057,593 was up 16 per cent for the same period. The preliminary figures do not include persons who were away from home last April 1, members of the armed forces, federal civilian em- ployes or crews of military or merchant marine ships. Inclusion of these elements in the final figures is not expected to alter California's substantial lead over New York, for which the Census Bureau gave a provisional estimate of 19,443,000 in November last year. The California count showed significant gains over 1960 for Los Angeles County as well as for the city of Los Angeles. There were 7,970,733 persons in the county last April, the preliminary figures showed, a gain of 941,962 over 1960. The population increase for the city was less impressive, 313,385 over the 1960 total of 2,479,015. For the 46 states'thus far counted, this year's census showed a combined population of 152 million. The total for the nation as a whole has been estimated at 205 million. Census officials expect the final and complete returns to disclose that for the first time more persons live in the sub- urbs than in central cities of rural areas. About 75 per cent of the population growth over the past decade occured in metropolitan areas, almost all of it in the suburban rings around the cities. Like rural areas generally, most central cities either lost pop"lation or retained only a small population growth rate. 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