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April 29, 1986

The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 9

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Soviets fight reactor fire THE BAYTOWN SUN It* Prom Page 1 up faster than it can be; •dissipated, and radioactive fuel i may be boiled off into the at- ,mosphere. jiZhores Medvedev, an exiled Soviet geneticist who appeared tl) pi* NBC-TV's "Today" show, said radioactivity released from , ( tlje disaster could be dangerous 'for years to people living in the area. "'Medvedev said "there could be some fatalities from a kind of technical blast if it's happened, but from radiation people do not die immediately." He also noted that the plant is near the Dnieper River, from which Kiev draws water, "So it's very serious for •tm'sarea." '" Government-run radio in Hungary reported there were injuries and that Chernobyl is located at the conjunction of two •rivers near the reservoir that ..supplies Kiev, which has 2.4 , .^million people. ,, ,,,;Barry Smith, a research scien- v-tj.st at the British Meterological Office in London, said light . winds were pushing radioactive ^flust back toward the Soviet '. 'Union from Scandinavia. ,.', ",Ulf Baverstam, senior scientist at the National Institute of Radiation Protection in "'Stockholm who appeared on "'•ABC-TV's "Good Morning America," said: "The absolutely latest news is that the Russians have asked the Swedes to help them to fight a fire, in their burning graphite reactor and :•,evidently it's quite a huge acci- • -dent that has gone on." Walter Patterson, an independent U.S. nuclear consultant, ,,-.said on NBC-TV's "Today" said ,.-a fire still burning would imply' .., ".there is still radioactivity •>', spewing into the air from it." Radiation levels in Sweden, Denmark and Finland appeared :'to be falling Tuesday, but * spokesman Torkel Bennerstedt * of Sweden's National Institute of » Radiation Protection said the * levels might rise again. | Little additional information s could be obtained Tuesday in the $ Soviet Union about the accident * at the four-reactor Chernobyl t complex, located about 60 miles £ north of Kiev. £ Telephone calls to Kiev were * difficult to get through, but a I woman at Kiev's Lybed Hotel <: said: "our government is doing "i everything to have no damage 5 for our people. And as for our « life, it is very normal and £ without any, any, any kind of v strange events." ?^ ; ,The woman, who spoke |~3|nglish but did not give her •!?' name, said traffic was normal and schools were open in Kiev. Two trains arrived in Moscow from Kiev Tuesday and passengers said they had not noticed any signs of evacuations or disruptions. One man said there were rumors in Kiev that a worker at the reactor had been asleep Sunday and failed to notice alarm .signals indicating problems. He said there were no deaths and that he knew little else. He spoke on condition of anonymity. Officials with Western embassies here said they had not received any information from. Soviet authorities on the extent of the accident, nor on any possible health risks. Government-run radio in Hungary reported there had been injuries and that the injured were receiving medical help. The Hungarian report also said Chernobyl is located at the conjunction of two rivers, near the reservoir that supplies Kiev, a city of 2.4 million people. Asked about the possibility of travel by foreign reporters to the Kiev area, Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Sazonov said Tuesday, "I don't know whether it's possible right now because it may be dangerous." But a spokesman for Intourist, the Soviet national travel agency, said there were no plans to cancel trips to Kiev. Finnish construction company Lemminkainen Oy, which has 60 men building a factory in Kiev, said their workers reported everything was normal in the city. The company contacted its workers by telex from Helsinki because telephone calls to Soviet Union were stopped by a public employees strike in Finland. In Sweden, the National Institute of Radiation Protection issued a traveler's advisory warning tourists planning visits to the Eastern Bloc to avoid areas between the site of the nuclear plant accident inside the Soviet Union and the north of Poland. U.S. experts said fallout from the Soviet accident might be detectable in the United States by the weekend, but that the amounts would be too small to be dangerous. They also said that health risks in the Soviet Union outside the immediate area of the plant may not be great. Other officials said the accident at Chernobyl appeared to be far worse than the United States' worst accident at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania in March 1979. Although Tass said it was the first such accident in the Soviet Union, Western analysts and ex- lied Soviet scientists have said there was a nuclear accident in the Chelyabinsk area of the Ural Mountains In 195* that killed hundreds of people and contaminated a wide area. The region is still off limits. Soviet media seldom report natural disasters or accidents unless injuries and damage are widespread. Tass said a government commission had been appointed. The Reagan administration said Tuesday it would be willing to respond to Soviet requests for aid in dealing with the problem. Reagan's chief of staff, Donald Regan, who was with the president at a Guam refueling stop on the way to the Indonesian island of Bali, said the United States "could be helpful and would be if asked" by the Soviets to help out. In Finland increased radiation levels, first noticed Sunday night, were 10 times higher than normal, said Gunnar Bengtsson, head of Sweden's Radiation and Nuclear Safety Board. Danish and Norwegian officials reported lesser increases. Neither Hungary nor any other Eastern European country, much closer to the plant site than Scandinavia, made public reports of radiation levels. Polish radio, monitored in London, reported Tuesday that a radioactive cloud passed high over northeast Poland on Monday, but said measurements indicated there was no health danger. Polish radio said a commission led by Deputy Premier Zbigniew Szalajda was monitoring the situation and analyzing the measurements, and would keep the public informed. In Sweden, radiation levels between three and four times higher than normal, were first discovered Monday morning during a routine check of a worker at the Forsmark plant, 750 miles northwest of Kiev, plant information director Lennart Franzon told The Associated Press. Lars Erik de Geer, of Sweden's Defense Research Agency, said the radiation levels corresponded to those recorded after Chinese nuclear weapons tests in the 1970s. "I know of no earlier nuclear power plant accident which has lead to such high radiation levels in this area, "he said. Birgitta Dahl, Sweden's energy minister, said the Soviets were asked for an extensive report. "They should immediately have warned us," she said. lEL magazine receives award From Page 1 <J»$tfere is where you are most in- f*nbvative and successful." 3 In particular, Ginny Grimsley ? and Kenyata Sullivan were com- 2 mended for their "sensitive for-' I mal, contextual renderings of • emotional, natural situations. ^ Leigh Ann Lloyd's "Forever % Lost" was commended for its v "marvelous epic swiftness." £ Judges also said Rhonda : -;R_ogers* "Child's Eye View" and Shannon Robbie's "Loneliness" j r -?both show "interesting and im- J; portant details, both the physical j and the emotional." *•'• In addition to the first-place rating from CSPA, the magazine received an "excellent" rating from the National Council of Teachers of English. In addition to the recognition he received for his contributions to "Mind Flight," Kenyata Sullivan also recently received a second-place rating in UIL District literary competition held at J. Frank Dobie High School. At that meet, Julie Holder, another of Mrs. Sullivan's students, took a third place in ready writing, a two-hour expository writing event. City awards interim contract From Page 1 vide one advanced life support unit and a basic unit with backup upon request. Under the current contract, Baytown Ambulance Service provides three basic life support units. Philips said Medic-l has provided emergency medical ser- vice to Pasadena for about eight years. He said Medic-l's financial status and personnel were thoroughly checked out before the contract was awarded. The company will operate out of Baytown and will most likely be headquartered in the old post office building on Defee Street, according to Philips. JLa Porte council OK's new lease .-* From Page 1 -Created as such." ^ln other business, council heard testimony from James Crowe, president of American Constructors Inc., concerning his company's qualifications to do expansion work on La Porte's main wastewater treatment pjant. Crowe's firm had 'previously submitted the lowest bid out of six firms competing for the job. .But Charles Dippel, a con- salting attorney to La Porte, .questioned ACI's "lack of expertise" in building municipal -wastewater treatment plants. Dippel asked Robert C. Reach, a project manager with Turner. Collie & Braden Inc. to assess ACI's qualifications. Reach told the council that despite a "generally favorable record," he could not recommend AC1. After a brief executive ses- -sJion, council rejected ACI's bid jnd awarded the contract to the second-lowest bidder — Craig tffield It Austin Inc. for $2.986 million. Council approved a request by Exxon that the city rezone .918 of an acre along Fairmont Parkway from residential to commercial. Exxon plans to build a new service station on the tract of land. John Joerns, director of Community Development in La Porte, told the council that Exxon Pipeline Co. was asking the city to extend an existing city waterline on Fairmont Parkway 1,800 feet to the company's Spencer Highway location because Exxon's well is not suitable for drinking. "Presently, Exxon is using bottled water for their drinking water," he said. He added that the extension could be done for $23,000 initially, but said that figure could drop to $13,000 as developing companies and residences tie into the line and pay the city for its use. In other actions, the council: + Honored former Mayor J.J. Meza as an outstanding Hispanic pioneer and proclaimed April 29 as J.J. Meza Day. 4-Approved an updated emergency management plan for the city. + Approved a one-year contract with Mobil Mining and Minerals to use phosphogypsum as a base material for street reconstruction. The material costs $1.87 per square yard, as opposed to $3.72 per square yard for limestone. Seamans appointed to board From Page l of Baytown and Mrs. Willie Morris of Tarpley, Mrs. Seamans is a 1968 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School. She earned her undergraduate nursing degree from Texas Woman's Universi- ty. She earned her master of nursing degree from University of Texas Health Science Carter in San Antonio. Mrs. Seamans, her husband, former Baytonian Dr. Dana Seamans, and their two children, live in San Antonio. JOHN V. CLA Y DA Y MORE THAN 100 people were on hand to celebrate John V. Clay Day at the Wallisville Heritage Park Saturday. Clay was credited with finding the exact location of the Spanish mission and presidio at Wallisville and for his many contributions to Chambers County history. From left, seated, are John Mlddleton, Clay and former Texa* Gov. Price Daniel. Standing are Kevin Ladd aad Chambers County Judge Alma Lots Turner. (Sun staff photo by Jim Kyle) District needs 100 teachers From Page 1 forts to increase its recruitment of minorities. As part of the effort to increase the number of minority teachers in the district. Nettles said that in addition to recruiting at Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern universities, district representatives are visiting five minority schools in Virginia and North Carolina. The one bright spot in the recruiting picture appears to be the high quality of applicants All three district representatives who reported on their recruiting trips said the quality of applicants is excellent, perhaps better than in the past. Dornburg reported that in June the district will be recruiting at North Texas State University and among the applicants will be graduates of the school's Meadows Programs — individuals who have completed a special five-year program and will earn both their bachelor's and master's degrees on the same day. Dornburg said on Wednesday four recruiters will be interviewing May graduates from the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He said the district should be able to hire the number of teachers needed this year but will face problems in the future. In other business, Associate Superintendent for Business Jimmy Wells reported that the district received $222.879 in additional revenue from the state, primarily because of a revision in calculations of payments based on average daily attendance. The added revenue will more than offset refunds the district is having to make because of lowered property values. Wells said the district is now in the process of refunding on 198-1 valuations which were changed as a result of a class action lawsuit challenging appraisal methods used by the Harris County Appraisal District. He estimated refunds as a result of that lawsuit at S25.(K)0. Wells said the district has also refunded approximately $50.000 because of protests of property valuations and late-filed homestead exemptions. The board also heard a report from Robert E. Lee High School Principal Henry Armstrong highlighting some of the academic honors earned this past year by Baytown high school students. Trustees also approved the football equipment bids for the 1986-87 school years. Low bids totaling S44,:»l were awarded to eight companies. Board President Dick Heyen and Vice President David Smith were elected as delegate and alternate, respectively, to the Texas Association of School Boards Delegate Assembly Sept. 27 in San Antonio. The board also directed the administration to prepare three resolutions to take before the TASB assembly. One resolution will request that the state refrain from mandating programs or requiring the hiring of personnel without properly funding the requirements. A second resolution will ask the state to alter its current discipline management policy. Current policy prohibits school districts from expelling students for first-time drug offenses. A third resolution will ask for a hold on implementing the 22-i, pupil-teacher ratio in grades three and four because of cost. Trustees also approved the appointment of Mary Margaret Armstrong to a third term on the* Money Purchase Pension Plan = and approved placing five teachers on level two of the career ladder. In addition, the board approved five resignations and three retirements. Retiring from the district at the end of this school year will be Ruth Gregersen, business and English teacher at REL; Betty Joe Keefer, English teacher at Baytown Junior School; and Levester Smith, science teacher at Baytown Junior. Teachers resigning are D. Anne Bailey, Nancy CushmaR, Delores English, Christina* Mazurek and Laura McKlniey. . CUT YOUR COOLING COST IN HALF! 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