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The Michigan Doily-Sunday, October 8, 1978-Page

Area anti-nuclear protestors

Daily Photo by WAYNE CABLE
A GROUP OF NUCLEAR FOES post some anti-"nuke" information on the fence surrounding the Enrico Fermi II plant in
Monroe. The trek to the fence was at the tail-end of a demonstration sponsored by a pair of area anti-nuclear energy groups
yesterday afternoon.
PBB taints race for governor

By R. J. SMITH In 1966, a
Special to The Daily down" occ
MONROE - Downwind from a reac- could have
tor being constructed in Monroe, about radioactivi
70 protesters assembled at an Enrico melt-down
Fermi II power plant entrance, chan- accidents w
ting and handing out anti-nuclear tor; an ear
energy literature for about two hours that sucha
yesterday afternoon. have resu
The demonstration, which lasted deaths.
from about 12:30 to 2:30, consisted Protester
mostly of protesters from the Ann Ar- entrances,
bor-based anti-nuclear group, the Ar- through t
bor Alliance and about 20 participants police offic
from the Detroit Safe Energy Coalition demonstrat
(SECO). not to inter
PROTESTERS were assembled at only conf
the plant, which is about 80 per cent security off
constructed, because of serious A TRUCK
problems they say the nuclear industry ficials mad
has not yet effectively solved. These the entranc
problems include depositing radioac- at one poin
tive waste, reactor efficiency, and the bers of pro
effects of radiation on human beings. led many de
"We wanted to make clear our op- governmen
position and insistence that the plant be nuclear act
shut down," said Howie Brick of the Many cha
Arbor Alliance after the protest. "It's
the first step towards a major action at
the plant next month, and manly people
think this is the first step in building an
anti-nuke movement in Michigan,"
Brick added.
The Arbor Alliance is discussing
plans for another protest at the plant
next month.
THE ENRICO Fermi II site was
selected for the demonstration because
of an incident which occurred at the
Enrico Fermi I plant near Detroit, a
nuclear plant now out of operation.
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a partial nuclear fuel "melt-
urred at the plant, which
ve resulted in release of
ty into the environment. A
is one of the most serious
which could happen to a reac-
lier University study stated
an accident at Fermi could
lted in more than 60,000
rs circled around oie of the
but allowed cars to pass
heir barricade. A Monroe
cer in a patrol car warned
tors early in the afternoon
fere with traffic. It was the
rontation with police or
icials during the protest.
K with two plant security of-
.e several trips to the end of
e to observe the protest and
nt wrote down license num-
otesters' cars., This activity
emonstrators to complain of
nt surveillance of anti-
ants were shouted during the

demonstration, some of the mos
frequent being "hell no, we won'
glow," and "save the hoards fron
radiation - thunder, thunder, thun
deration." The .protesters were man
signs carried, including one which sai
"nuclear power is thalidomid
Reaction to the protest' from th
people who live- near the plant wer
mixed. One man swore at the protester
chasing them away from his land whil
saying, "This is the first tim
anybody's trying to do something useft
with nuclear energy, and you're tryin
to screw things up." The resident, wh
refused to be identified, said th
demonstrators should have bee
picketing against the making of nuclea
however, said he supported the demor
strators. "I've got a friend who work
as a security guard back here, and h
said he's planning on leaving befor
they get things going here.

at Monroe plant



(Continued from Page 1)
solely on the PBB issue."
Gage said despite what Fitzgerald
may believe, Michigan residents don't
think Milliken mishandled the after-
math of the PBB disaster.
"As they say in politics, it's a lot
easier to get the bad news than the good
news, and it's obviously an issue that
Fitzgerald is going to want to play on,"
he said.
GAGE SAID in a poll his organization
conducted in late August for the Detroit
News and WJBK-TV stated that only 13
per cent of Michigan residents consider
PBB the state's most important issue.
The poll also revealed that there is no
strong connection between voters' at-
titudes about PBB and how they feel
about the two candidates.
But Wallace Long, Fitzgerald's cam-
paign manager, said people are more
concerned about PBB than the gover-
nor would like to believe.
"PBB is clearly on the tops of
people's minds," he maintained. "You
see it every day because that's one of
the subjects that they will always ask
LONG SAID because of Milliken's
"political defensiveness" he has tried
to keep PBB from becoming a major
campaign issue.
"He's tried to minimize the
significance of this (PBB) right from
the outset," Long said, "going back to
1974 when he was saying that it

represented no serious health hazards
to the public of the state of Michigan.'
And Charles Guggenheim, a
Washington, D.C. film producer who
made the radio spots for Fitzgerald,
said the advertisements accurately
represent what is on the minds of
"Michigan voters. In researching the
advertisement, Guggenheim said he
read several reports on PBB and
visited areas where people were con-
cerned about the issue.
"I THINK certainly in terms of
credibility of leadership, it's one of the
more ; important (issues),"
Guggenheim stated.
The producer - who has created ad-
vertisements for Senator Joseph Biden
(D-Delaware) and others - said it
would be "presumptuous for him to say
if PBB could make a difference in the
Long, however, said an issue such as
PBB can certainly decide the outcome.
He pointed to the slim margins Milliken
won by in the last two elections and
said the PBB issue could be enough to
tilt the votes away from the
THOUGH GAGE said voters don't
hold Milliken responsible for the PBB
situation, he conceded, "I don't think
we'll know its impact until November
In his letter attacking Fitzgerald's
advertisement, the governor said his
challenger was addressing the PBB
issue in a "reckless, irresponsible
manner." The advertising, Milliken
said, has been "maligning Michigan"

and "imposed a cruel hoax on the
citizens of Michigan."
In a written reply to Milliken's letter,
the bachelor state senator said, "If you
had dealt openly, honestly, and
decisively with the accidental mixing of
feed and PBB when it first occurred,
there would be no issue. But instead,
you've consistently downplayed the
magnitude of this tragedy, even when
your obligation to inform the public
should have dictated otherwise."
Bob Berg, a Milliken press aide, said
he doesn't know how the controversial
advertisement will affect the cam-
"I would hope," he said, "that any ad
so blatantly misleading would back-

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