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Page 6-Saturday, May 19, 1979-The Michigan Daily
NRC permits some nukes to operate again
WASHINGTON (AP)-The Nuclear that the plants either shut down or stay William Lee, president of Duke The eighth plant is Three Mile Island
Regulatory Commission said yesterday out of operation until they were Power, said enough operators will be Unit 1, adjacent to the damaged Unit 2.
that some atomic power plants shut reviewed because the Babcock & certified by next Tuesday or Wed- While design improvements have been
down for improvements after the Three Wilcox systems seemed sensitive to nesday to put Unite 2 back into ordered for Unit 1, it remains shut down
Mile Island accident can resume malfunctions and hard to control. operation then. Unit 3, which has been partly because some of its equipment is
operation. Oconee Unit i was allowed to continue down for refueling and equipment im- on standby to aid its crippled sister
The commission followed staff operating temporarily.
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recommenations mat saa enougn Haroi ijenon, r uector of rear-
safety improvements have been made tor regulation, said yesterday that
for Duke Power Co. to operate its three Oconee Unit 1 would have had to shut
Oconee reactors at Lake Keowee, S.C. down today if the commission had not
lifted its previous order.
NRC STAFF members said im- DENTON SAID enough Duke Power
provements have moved swiftly at reactor room operators had completed
eight nuclear plants designed by Bab- special training and testing to allow
cock & Wilcox Co., which designed the Oconee Unit 1to continue operating. As
Three Mile Island plant near more operators are requalified and
Harrisburg, Pan. tested, the othr two units will be permit-
The commission on April 27 ordered ted back on line.-

operation in early June.
Denton said all operators of Babcock
& Wilcox plants will take refresher
courses in handling emergencies, in-
cluding the situations that led to the
March28 Three Mile Island accident.
AFTERWARDS, OPERATORS will
be tested, and the NRC will review the
test results. A score of 90 per cent or
better will be required.
Longer-range safety improvements,
which could take up to six months to
finish, still will be required, Denton
said. But the plants can operate safely
for now without them, he said.
"I would say we have reduced the
risks considerably of the chance of
another Three Mile Island," Denton
said.
NRC staff members said the other
Babcock & Wilcox plants are com-
pleting their required improvements
and should be back in operation ina few
weeks, if not sooner.
These plants are Arkansas Unit 1 at
Russellville, Ark.; the Rancho Seco
plant at Clay Station, Calif.; the Davis-
Besse plant at Oak Harbor, Ohio; and
the Crystal River plant at Red Level,
Fla.

Art students' exhibition
The University School of Art was well
represented among winners in the 1979
Michigan Potters Exhibition, currently
being held at Pewabic Pottery in
Detroit.
Four of the eight cash prizes in the
exhibition were awarded to students or
graduates of the ceramic program at
the U-M School of Art.
The winners were: Mary Jo Bole, an
undergraduate student from 10315 Cliff
Drive, Cleveland, Ohio; Andree Valley,
a graduate student from Ann Arbor;
Cynthia Boughner, of 2954 Longridge
Court, West Bloomfield, Mich., a
student in the summer master's degree
program and a former undergraduate;
and Thom Phardell, a former graduate
student.
The prizes were presented by Wayne
Higby, University art graduate who is
now a professor of ceramics at Alfred
University.

Co-op suit dismissed
against former member

By TIMOTHY YAGLE
Xanadu co-op's suit against former
member Talib Abdul-Muqsit for
allegedly unpaid bills was thrown out of
Washtenaw County Small Claims Court
last week because, according to Abdul-
Muqwit, "The plaintiff (Xanadu) didn't
show up" at a Jan. 9 hearing on the
matter.
But he said Thursday he plans to take
Xanadu and the Intercooperative
Council (ICC), the co-op's central of-
fice, to court "real soon" for alleged
"defamation of character" resulting
from an article which appeared in the
Daily last January. He said he would
try to win reimbursement for attorney
expenses which he says he has accrued
during the last four months.
ABDUL-MUQSIT, a former LSA
student government representative,
claims he was given "adverse
publicity" and made to appear
"irresponsible" in the January 13 ar-
ticle. He was a member of the co-op
located on Washtenaw Ave. in Novem-
ber and December, 1977 when, accor-
ding to Abdul-Muqsit, he had to leave
because of "county policy."
He said the Washtenaw County
Department of Social Services paid his
living expenses while he was at Xanadu

because he is disabled. Abdul-Muqsit
also said he is "demanding a full public
apology from every Xanadu member."
He is currently living on North Campus.
"I'm not going to pay them (Xanadu)
something they weren't even entitled
to. They haven't proved I owe them
anything," Abdul-Muqsit said.
ICC Membership coordinator Gigi
Bosch said he "left owing a debt and we
couldn't find a forwarding address."
She added that Xan adu member Jim
Gerber, who she said was supposed to
have gone to the small claims court
hearing last January, did not go and did
not tell anyone he could not attend.
BOSCH ADDED that the ICC will
continue to bill Abdul-Muqsit for his
alleged debts and enlist the aid of a
collection agency. According to Bosch,
Abdul-Muqsit owes Xanadu and ICC
$130.66 for telephone calls and $116.81
for room and board. She said the ICC
has a 75 per cent success rate in debt
collection. "He (Abdul-Mugsit) has
been irresponsible," Bosch claimed.
"He hasn't been willing to meet with
anyone."
Abdul-Muqsit said no one has ap-
proached him to settle the matter.
Xanadu members could not be reached
for comment.

Sunday, May 20 Aud. A, Angell Hall
MACBETH (Roman Polanski, 1972)
Polanski adopts Shakespeare's great tragedy with a smooth, intelligent screen-
play written in collaboration with Kenneth Tynan. With an emphasis on realism,
Polanski has vividly brought MacBeth to life. "It is the finest film version ever
made."-New York Post. Filmed in Cinemascope. (120 min.) 7:30 & 9:40
Cinema Ii is accepting new member applications.
Pick them up at all Cinema ii film showings.

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