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Page 14-Saturday, June 16, 1979-The Michigan Daily
Pennsylvania customers to pay for 3-Mile Iskind

Pennsylvania Public Utility Com-
mission yesterday permitted two
utilities to bill customers for some but
not all of the projected replacement
power costs stemming from the Three
Mile Island nuclear accident.
The increase is roughly 11 per cent
above what is now paid by average
residential customers of Metropolitan
Edison Co. and Pennsylvania Electric
Co., partial owners of the crippled
nuclear plant.
But it is about 20 per cent or $13
million less than what was requested by
General Public Utilities Corp., the
holding company that owns Met Ed and
Penelec. It is also lower than the rates
proposed by the commission staff and
the state consumer advocate.
customers should not be billed for
cleanup and repair because insurance
should cover those costs.
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross
is reviewing its disaster plans in light of
the Three Mile Island nuclear accident
and is telling its chapters to pay more
attention to the possibility of such an
Like millions of other Americans,
Red Cross officials say they probably
took too lightly the possibility of a
major nuclear accident, requiring a
massive evacuation, until the near
disaster last March in central Pen-
"IN NO SENSE was the Red Cross
caught asleep at the switch," cautioned
George Elsey, president of the disaster
relief organization. "We were prepared
if necessary to house upwards to a
quarter of a million people."
But Elsey and other top ranking Red
Cross officials said that while Three
Mile Island showed their "basic plan"
for housing thousands of evacuees
probably would have worked, many
lessons can be learned from the Pen-
nsylvania experience.
"I became aware that a much larger
geographic area might have to be
evacuated than I had taken into account
before," Elsey said in an interview at
the Red Cross headquarters two blocks
from the White House.
ROBERT VESSEY, deputy national

director for disaster relief, said the Red
Cross was evaluating its role in the af-
termath of the March 28 accident and
will make detailed findings available to
chapters located near the country's 72
commercial nuclear plants.
He said the Red Cross wants to make
sure its chapters near nuclear plants
regularly review disaster plans,
develop close ties with local gover-
nment and utility officials, keep current
population figures and generally shar-
pen their awareness of the potential of a

nuclear accident.
President Carter said he disagreed
with the characterization of
management contained in the order,
labeling it "inaccurate" and "uncalled
for." He also favored a slightly higher
energy charge in line with the con-
sumer advocate's recommendation.
Other provisions of the order in-
* Passing on to customers state tax
refudns of $11.8 million to Met Ed and
$4.6 million to Penelec.

" Requiring the two utilities to sub-
mit plans designed to cut usage by five
per cent a month by encouraging
customers to conserve energy.
" Requiring the two utilities to sub-
mit monthly reports on their progress
in returning the undamaged reactor to
" Requiring Met Ed and Penelec to
file monthly reports on the operation of
the energy charge, including sales,
revenues, expenses and deferrals.

City, 'U' at odds about land negotiations

(Continued from Page 1)
Vice-President and Chief Financial Of-
ficer James Brinkerhoff.
BRINKERHOFF will be responsible
for negotiations, and if the city does not
accept the University's offer, the mat-
ter will return to the Regents.
City Council members oppose a land
trade because they said they are uncer-
tin how the University will use the two
tracts of city land, and State St. mer-
chants have objected to the loss of
parking space, which the pedestrian
mall would eliminate.
"I'm surprised " said council member
Clifford Sheldon (R-Third Ward) said.
"I thought we had agreed that we would
separate (the two land deals), and we
had negotiated a price."
At last month's Regents meeting, the
Board authorized approval of the two-
acre tract on North Campus to deter-
mine its market value. The Regents
authorized Brinkerhoff to negotiate
with the city for the sale of the North
Campus site without connecting the
sale to the acquisition of the portions of
Ingalla and Madison Streets.
THE UNIVERSITY received an ap-
praisal of $66,000 at current market
value. But a separ'ate estimate from the
city appraiser was $35,200. Because of
the discrepancy, the University and
city agreed at a $49,200 price.
Brinkerhoff recommended , the
University accept the city's offer until
the Regents objected to this

The Regents acted on the understan-
ding that yesterday was the city's
deadline for acquiring the two acres in
order to receive $30,000 in state and
federal grants for park development.
"WHY WAS this brought to us on the
very last day we have to act?" asked
Regent Gerald Dunn (D-Lansing). "It's
the worst thing to do - put a gun to our
heads and say we have to agree to it."
Because of this understanding, the
Regents yesterday initially approved
the sale of the land on the condition they
could receive verbal assurance from
city officials that the city would vacate
the Ingalls St. property.
The Regents said they would wait to
make a final decision until they heard
from city officials, and scheduled a
special meeting for 6:20 p.m. last night.
DURING THE afternoon, University
officials were informed by city Parka
and Recreation Superintendent George
Owers that the city has 30 days to con-
firm proof of ownership with state
authorities before it. would lose the
City Council will decide Monday night
whether to accept the offer of a land
trade - an offer which they have
refused in the past.
"I would imagine they don't have to
accept the offer," said Regent Deane
Baker (R-Ann Arbor).
The matter initially was broughtaup
when the Regents were discussing ap-
proval of a proposed Alumni Center,
which will be built directly north of the
Michigan League. Regents said they
would feel better'about approving the
Alumni Center if they get assurance a
pedestrian mall will be built in the
HOWEVER, THEY decided further
discussion would wait until the land
deal with the city appears on their
At the late meeting, the five Regents

present voted to offer the city the
proposal included in the October
resolution - the Ingalls and Madison
street site $5,000.
City council members indicated that
although the University had in some
measure clarified its plans for the
Ingalls Mall in developing the Alumni
Center plans the proposal would still
face strong opposition at Monday
night's City Council meeting.
Proft author text
Profs. James Duderstadt and
William Martin of the University
department of nuclear engineering
have authored "Transport Theory."
The 613-pagehadvanced text,
published by John Wiley & Sons,
presents all the methods used to
analyze the movement of sub-nuclear
PROF. DUDERSTADT, who came to
the University in 1969, has received the
Mark Mills Award from the American
Nuclear Society and the Outstanding
Teaching of Nuclear Engineering
Award from the American Society of
Engineering Education. He also is the
author of "Nuclear Reactor Analysis,"
published by Wiley in 1976.
He earned a B. Eng. degree from
Yale University, and M.S. and Ph.D.
degrees from the California Institute of
Prof. Martin joined the University
faculty in 1977, after spending a year as
principal physicist for Combustion
Engineering, Inc.
He earned a B.S. degree from the
University, and M.S. degree from the
University of Wisconsin, and returned
to the University for his Ph.D. degree.

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116 rare skins returned

to 'U' Exhibit
(Continued from Page 3)
birds, said he identified the skins as
some of species stolen during that
MORE THAN 150 bird study skins,
including some rare species from many
parts of the world,- disappeared from
the museum's researchcollection. FWS
special agent Jeff Lang noted that there
are more than 150,000 bird skins at the
museum under Storer's supervision,
and keeping track of them is difficult
because many researchers and
graduate students have access to them.
FWS officials brought the skins to the
museum for identification before
taking them to Detroit to help the
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
prepare grand jury indictments against

three men, according to Detroit FBI
agent Richard Leach.
One of the men is an Oakland County
taxidermist, the agent said. Storer said
the skins had been confiscated from a
Colorado taxidermist by FWS agents.
"The orginal labels the museum had
placed on the study skins had been
removed," Storer said. "But it was
possible to determine who had
prepared some of the specimens by the
method of preparation. Thus," Storer
continued, "some specimens missing
fromt he museum are known to have
been made by these (museum)
"The specimens will remain in the
government's custody until after the
case has been tried," Storer said.

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