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Page 6-Thursday, October 2, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Exp erts fear radiation from reactor

nuclear research reactor targeted by
Iranian bombers contained no atomic
fuel and was not hit, but an accurate hit
on an operating facility could spread
radioactive material into the at-
mosphere, experts said yesterday.
Tuesday's bombing of the Iraqi
nuclear reactor complex outside Bagh-
dad centered on an uncompleted $500
million French-built reactor, in-
troduced a potentially dangerous new
element into a long-simmering con-
troversy over construction of the
While the French reactor is not com-
pleted and contained no nuclear fuel,.
there are two other reactors in the
complex. Only a small Soviet-built
reactor is operational. It was not hit.
IN THE PAST, the United States,
Israel and other nations have expressed
unhappiness because the bigger French
reactor will use weapon-grade uranium
to supply power-fuel that could be
used in making an atomic bomb.

U.S. nuclear experts now express ad-
ditional concern that a potentially
dangerous release of radioactivity is
possible if a reactor containment
building or spent-fuel storage sites of an
operating reactor are directly hit
during a bombing attack.
Officials in the Energy and State
departments, described the Iraqi com-
plex like this:
THE 70-MEGAWATT French-built
facility will use 22 pounds of highly
enriched uranium to produce power. An
800-kilowatt reactor is also being con-
structed by French technicians. Iraq
has operated the 5-megawatt Russian
reactor for more than a decade. The
smaller reactors each would use at
least 10 pounds of uranium.
These test facilities put out less
power than the typical 1,500-megawatt
U.S. nuclear plant. But even such
facilities contain enough radioactive
fuel to cause serious releases into the
atmosphere if hit by bombs, U.S.
nuclear experts said.

"An explosion could lift radioactivity
up to 2,000 feet into the air. The fallout
wouldn't get into the jetstream like the
explosion from a nuclear bomb, but the
prevailing winds could carry it 10 or 15
miles away from the reactor site," said
Paul Walker of the Union of Concerned
Scientists, which has been warning for
several years about the threats posed
by possible terrorist attacks on nuclear
WALKER SAID the resulting
radiation levels could be high enough to
cause deaths in the area around the

plant but other experts doubted this.
They said, however, that it would be
high enough to force evacuation .of a
wide area. The Iraqi facility is on the
outskirts of Baghdad, a city of 3.2
million people.
Walker, an expert on warfare, said
most conventional bombs probably
could not pierce the five to six feet of
concrete and steel surrounding the
largest Iraqi reactor.
But he said new non-nuclear bombs
with sophisticated guidance systems

might be able to do s
Iranian air force "proba
those weapons."
the smaller reactors, pE
older Soviet model, are
have such thick protect
The spent-fuel from the R
probably is being stored
resting in swimmin
facilities-making the fu
susceptible to Iranian bor
U.S. officials say they

Car dealer aids FBI in cony

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WASHINGTON (AP)-A California
auto dealer told yesterday how he left
his wife and children and went under-
cover for the FBI for 21 years to help
win the first felony conviction of
organized crime kingpin Joseph Bon-
nano, Sr.
In an interview at FBI headquarters,
Louis Peters, 48, of Lodi, Calif., sat
beside his wife, Marilyn, and described
his fears, motivationwand determination
during the odyssey which took him far-
ther inside an organized crime family
than any innocent citizen is thought to
have penetrated.
THE ODYSSEY ended Sept. 2 when
Bonnano, 75, was convicted in U.S.
District Court in California on charges
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of estPrpartio e

of obstructing justice. It was the first
felony conviction in what authorities
say has been a 68-year life of crime that
took Bonnano from a gun runner for Al
Capone to head of one of New York's
five organized crime families.
The conviction came just months af-
ter Peters collapsed and was told by his
doctors that he had a brain cancer.
They have given him less than a year to
Knowing now that he may have spent
the last years of his life away from his
wife and three daughters, the 6-foot-3,
240-pound millionaire Cadillac dealer
said, "If I had it to do over again, I
would do it again. You don't change
what's right."
PETERS was a guest at Bonnano's
Tucson home, although the FBI had
told him Bonnano put fiends and
lawyers up at' a nearby motel. Bon-
nano's driver, Tony, told him he was
"part of the family.'

He also told how he sp
Miami hotel during at
nano's nephew and shoe
and chairs up against C
room. He said he had n
room's sliding glass doo
an eight-story drop and
me they could come in d
and just push me out."
He did not want to bec
mant, Peters said, becau
like a criminal who had
he refused informant'sf
PETERS said his invo
in June 1977 when a la
came to him with an off
for his auto dealership
was worth only $1.2 mill
When the contractor told
was Joseph Bonnano Sr.
had never heard the nam
Bonnano was head oft
wanted the dealership t

State law halts distribution ofr
anti.Tiseb newsletter to elderly

o. He said the of the location of the spent-fuel dump.
bly has some of The French reactors have been under
construction since 1975 and are expec-
ted to be operating next year. U.S. of-
experts said, ficials know some enriched uranium
articularly the has been shipped and probably is in the
less likely to complex, but French officials said it
ive coverings. had not been loaded into the reactor.
3ussian facility French officials also said that as soon
I in cannisters as the Iran-Iraq border war broke out,
ig pool-type technicians in charge of the project put
iel much more a concrete and lead jprotective lid on
mbs. the smaller of the two reactors being
are not certain installed.
icting mobster.
ent a night in a from crime enterprises.
trip with Bon- "I couldn't believe it," said Peters,
ved the dresser adding th'at he had only recently been
the door to his sworn in as foreman of a grand jury,
oticed that the He said he went to a meeting with
rs opened onto Bonnano's son, Bill, and other family
"it dawned on members and told them he was a per
[uring the night sonal friend of the police chief in Lodi
and Stockton. "I told them that because
called an infor- I knew they could find out and they
use that sounds wanted someone with an excellent
d snitched, and reputation who could buy up businesses
fees offered to for them and not be questioned," Peters
said. Two days later, he met with FBI
lvement began agents and agreed to work with them in
scal contractor, gathering intelligence about Bonnano's
er of $2 million plans.
which he said Peters said Bonnano once told him
ion at the time. "You're going to make a lot of.money."
I him the buyer According to Peters, the Bonnanos
, Peters said he wanted to buy up 12 to 14 auto dealer-
ne. He was told ships and did not flinch when Peters
the Mafia and told them that would cost as much as
o wash money $40 million.

LANSING-The Office of Services to
the Aging said yesterday it will stop
distributing a newsletter urging
readers to vote against the Tisch tax
cut amendment in favor of the Milliken
administration's rival tax shift plan.
A spokeswoman for the state office
said about 10,000 copies of the fall
edition of its publication "A.I.M."
distributed so far violate an attorney
general's ruling by urging readers to
"Vote No" on Proposal D and "Vote
Yes" on Proposal C.
BUT SHE insisted the violation was
unintentional and said the remaining,
15,000 copies of the newsletter will be
reprinted without the 'offending
headlines before they are distributed.
The publication sent to senior citizen

centers and individuals across the
state, however, will retain articles
covering the decision of the state Com
mission on Services to the Aging to op-
pose Tisch and its reasons for doing so.
"We were unaware of the attorney
general's opinion at the time the
newsletter was printed," saic
spokeswoman Jackie Borden.
THE OPINION, issued last year,
barred state agencies from propagan
dizing on ballot proposals.
The newsletter normally costs about
$400 per issue to publish, but the fall
edition cost about $1,500 because more
copies were printed to give wide ex
posure to the commission's views or
Sen. John Welborn, (R-Kalamazoo)


and Rep. Richard Fessler, (R-West
Bloomfield), reacting to the newsletter,
asked Gov. William Milliken to issue a
directive to state agencies to tow the
line on the attorpey general's ruling.
Welborn said cosmetic changes an-
ticipated do not meet his objections to
the publication, and hinted a suit or
formal complaint may be filed with
election officials

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(Continued from Page 1)
"No, there has not been another
murder," Corbett said. He explained
that if there had been police would not
have suppressed it.
Corbett explained that rumors are
almost impossible to run down. He cited
as an example the tip line the police use
to track down possible leads.
People, he said, will call with a tip,
not want to get involved, and say
something like: "Listen, at 3:30 a.m. on
September 14,I saw an individual go in-
to the Walden Woods apartment com-
plex." And the person would hang-up,.
Corbett explained. The information' is
worthless because police have no way
of knowing from where that infor-
mation came, he said.
The Ann Arbor Police Department is
asking anyone who has knowledge of.
crimes-or anyone who believes he .or
she is witnessing an assault in
progress-to notify the department at ,
A confidential telephone line has also
been established by the Washtenaw
County Sheriff's Department for.
citizens with information. The number
is 973-7711.

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