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Senate: Balance budget by '81
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate,
in an unexpected move yesterday,
voted 58 to 29 to require a balanced
budget by the beginning of the 1981
fiscal year, a goal once espoused by
The proposal was adopted, after only
brief debate, as an amendment to a $1.7
billion funding measure for the Inter-
national Monetary Fund (IMF).
THE IMF bill then was approved 69-
16 and sent toa House-Senate conferen-
The Treasury Deartment has
estimated a budget deficit of $53 billion
at the end of the fiscal year. Carter had without a deficit beginning on Oct. 1,
sought to balance the budget by 1981, but 1980, the same deadline Carter had once
Budget Director James McIntyre Jr. sought.
'We cannot get the cost of living under control un-
til we get government spending under control.'
-Sen. Harry Byrd
Byrd amendment would survive in the
conference committee, sentiment in the
House for spending cuts also has been
Since passage of California's
Proposition 13, which slashed property
taxes, more than one-third of all House
members have signed as co-sponsors to
several proposed constitutional amen-
dments requiring a balanced federal
Most of r the House proposals would
prohibit budget deficits except in times
of warnrnat inal emergnev
has said he now expects a $20 billion
deficit that year.
The Senate measure was proposed by
Sen. Harry Byrd, (Ind.-Va.). It would
require the U.S. government to operates
BYRD SAID HE was concerned
about double digit inflation, adding,
"We cannot get the cost of living under
control until we get government spen-
ding under control."
While it was unclear whether the
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Railroad
cars, trucks and storage tanks filled
with liquid gas are so vulnerable to ac-
cidental explosiion or sabotage that
they should be isolated from highly
populated areas, a congressional report
If liquid gas "spreads across a city
through sewers, subways, or other un-
derground conduits, or if a massive
burning cloud is blown along by a
strong wind," the report said, "a city
may be faced with a very large number
of ignitions and explosions across a
DESPITE A projected sharp increase
in the use of concentrated liquid fuels
from natural gas and petroleum, the
government has done almost nothing to
avert potential catastrophies, the
report by the General Accounting Of-
The GAO, a congressional in-
vestigative agency, said it examined all
phases of transporting and storing
liquid gas produced as a source of
energy and found a potential public
danger rivaling that of a major ac-
cident at a nuclear power plant.
warned of liquid gas dangers.
"A major spill in a densely populated returns to a highly volatile and flam- transporting liquid gas.
area, whether by accident, natural for- mable gaseous state when exposed to The tankers now dock at terminals
ces, or sabotage, could be the air. located on the edge of Boston Harbor in
catastrophic," the GAO report said. The GAO report said gas escaping Everett, Mass., and a new facility in
BUT THE American Gas from a storage tank or from the ac- operation since March at Cove Point,
Association, an industry organization, cidental crash of a railroad car or tank Md. A third docking and storage facility
called the report "misleading" and said truck could result in an explosion and is ready to open at Elba Island, Ga.,
it "lacks credibility because it fails to fire far beyond the capability of and others are planned in other parts of
deal with reality." existing fire fighting agencies. the country.
George Lawrence, president of the THE GAO SAID, "No construction of
association, criticized the report for "NO PRESENT or foreseeable new, large liquid energy gas storage
posing "unreal hypothetical situations equipment can put out a very large facilities - or expansion ... of existing
which don't relate to liquid natural gas liquid energy gas fire," the GAO said. ones - should be permitted except in
practices as they exist today. Some liquified natural gas is remote areas."
In a written rebuttal, Lawrence said produced in the United States. But Any tanks built near population cen-
liquid natural gas is moved in "heavily much of the increase in U.S. comsum- ters should be built underground, the
insulated double-walled trucks which ption has been imported by tanker ships report said.
offer maximum public protection" but whose safety has been questioned. GAO investigators looked at dozens of
that most liquid gas is sent through un- The GAO said while there are sub- liquid gas storage facilities and found
derground pipelines. "The facts show stantial risks, the tankers appear to e "most of them are inadequately protec-
liquid natural gas can be transported safest among the existing means of ted and highly vulnerable to sabotage."
and stored safely," he said.
BY 1985, IT )s expected that liquified
natural gas will equal 15 per cent of
natural gas consumption in the United
States. Liquid gas from petroleum is NId e
also in high demand, especially for
agricultural purposes in the Midwest.
Highly concentrated liquified gas
(ContinuedfromPageOne) operated on by Richard Schneider,
various capacities in the central cam- Chief of Neurosurgery at University
pus area. He is married and has one Hospital. He was in surgery, from ap-
daughter. proximately 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
Both Koos and Aparicio have Following the operation Koos was
master's degrees in business ad- placed in the neurosurgery intensive
ministration. care ward, where he died several hours
After' the shooting, Koos was later.
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