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go back
to Flats
DENVER (AP) - A steel-lined
boxcar of low-level radioactive
wastes returned to the Rocky Flats,
Colo. nuclear weapons plant yester-
day after being rejected by Idaho,
leaving in its tracks troubling ques-
tions about how the nation handles
its atomic leftovers.
The boxcar, ordered out of Idaho
by Gov. Cecil Andrus on Saturday,
was shunted to a siding at the Rocky
Flats plant 16 miles northwest of
Denver yesterday morning while
officials debated what to do.
Colorado Gov. Roy Romer on
Sunday turned down a Department of
Energy request to expand storage
facilities for low-level radioactive
waste at Rocky Flats and asked that
the Department of Energy not unload
the rail car, which contains 140
drums of waste at 55 gallons per
The state now allows storage of
up to 1,600 cubic yards of radioactive
waste at Rocky Flats, and the plant
legally could accommodate the box-
ear's cargo without exceeding the
limit, officials said.
"We'll cooperate with the DOE to
find an alternative site until (a pro-
posed disposal facility in) New Mex-
ico is open," Romer said yesterday.
"But I've said 'Look, no expansion
of Rocky Flats."'
It was the second time recently
that Rocky Flats' operations have
come under the spotlight. Earlier this
month, the plant's plutonium repro-
cessing facility was closed by the
DOE after three workers were ex-
posed to radioactive materials inside.
Building 771 remains closed, but the
production of plutonium triggers for
nuclear weapons continues at the
plant, officials said.
The Washington state governor's
office issued a statement yesterday
that said the boxcar would be ac-
cepted at the Hanford nuclear reserva-
tion in eastern Washington.

The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, October 25, 1988 - Page 5
warns A2 of
U.S. missiles


Pharmacy graduate student Suha Hamid is one of the founding members of "Sa'lam Shalom
- The Arab Jewish Peace Project." "There is a need for a dialogue between Arab-Americans
and American Jews to dispel the myths and stereotypes," she said.

Michigan Sane/Freeze, an arms
control and peace lobbing group, is
attempting to warn the community
about a U.S. Air Force plan to equip
selected decoy rail cars with two MX
Called the Rail Garrison Plan, the
plan would be implemented at 11
sites throughout the nation, includ-
ing Wurtsmith Airforce Base near
Oscoda in Northeast Michigan.
If placed on the rail system, the
missles would be mobile and hard to
detect by the Soviets.
Sane/Freeze members voiced op-
position to the plan at their weekly
meeting Sunday night because they
think the missle system could be
easily activated by the high frequency
of false warnings reported each year.
"We need to re-educate people
about these military and peace is-
sues," said Michigan Sane/Freeze di-
rector Linda West, who also ex-
pressed concern about the MX war-
heads traveling throughout the state.
A spokesperson for the Center for
Defense Information said the number
of false warnings could pose a danger
to this system. "Between 1980-1984
the fewest number of false warnings
that were somewhat serious (for any
year) was 149," said Dunbar Lock-
wood, spokesperson for the Center
for Defense Information in Washing-
ton, D.C. There is no public infor-
mation on false warnings available
after 1984.
But Major General Vernon An-
drews, director of Michigan's De-
partment of Military Affairs which.
handles the army and air national
,t guard, said the trains would only be
, activated in case of national
s emergencies such as the Cuban Mis-

sile Crisis.
"They will be kept primarily in
military installations until such time
as an alert," he said. Although the
trains will go on test runs through
the state, the warheads will not be on
board, said Andrews.
Sane/Freeze was created a few
years ago after the merger of Sane
Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Weapons
Freeze Campaign. Founded in 1957,
Sane is the oldest and largest arms
control lobby in the nation. Freeze,
founded in the early '80s, advocates
the discontinuance of building more
nuclear weapons.
Since the merger, the group has
dealt with a wider array of topics.
Currently, the Sane/Freeze agenda
includes rallying against Contra-aid,
supporting the Arias peace plan in
Central America and the INF treaty.
Also at Sunday's meeting, Uni-
versity Prof. David Singer discussed
plans for peace groups following the
Presidential election - in light of
what he sees as a failure of the
candidates to adequately address peace
"The Presidential campaign has
done nothing to educate and clarify
for the American public what the big
issues are in national security. Fur-
thermore, the campaign has rein-
forced the misinformation in the
public mind," he said.
"The mission for the peace
movement is to see what we can do
to get more accurate information and
understanding out to the attentive
Singer feels that by getting out
more information to the American
people they will become more recep-
tive to the issues of the peace

Continued from Page 1
Festifall last month, realizing the
need to unite the interests of their
various organizations into a single
This group - unlike others that
have formed in the past - plans to
come to a resolution. The leaders of
the meeting explained that although
they want to spend time discussing
the issues, they also think it is nec-
essary to arrive at a symbolic plan
for what they think should happen in
the Middle East.

Although many of the students at
the meeting are members of other
student groups, they stressed that
they are representing only their own
individual interests.
The most prevalent reason that
students had come to the meeting
was to dispel many of their stereo-
types. Students expressed the need to
come into face-to-face contact with,
rather than just read about, people
who have differing opinions regard-
ing the Middle East.
"Instead of a good and a bad side,
there are two good sides, two right
sides," said one political science ma-

On that note, the group began to
brainstorm ideas for future discus-
sions. Topics the group plans to ad-
dress include Arab-Jewish relations
on campus, stereotypes and prejudice,
the history of both Arabs and Jews,
and political lobbying groups.
Leaders also want to establish the
group as a model for other joint-ac-
tion groups around the country. They
are presently trying to obtain recog-
nition from the Michigan Student
Assembly, which would enable them
to bring speakers to campus and ob-
tain funding for activities and pro-

Continued from Page 3
alliance, the Democratic Revolution-
ary Front, at those encounters. The
resumption of similar talks, which
has been ruled out by the regime, is
the centerpiece of the platform of the
Democratic Convergence.
Judging by voting patterns from

last year's elections, a large percent-
age of the electorate remains uninter-
ested in the range of parties which
have competed in recent elections.
More than 50 percent of the 2.7 mil-
lion eligible voters did not go to the
polls, and more than 150,000 of
those who did cast blank ballots or
none at all.
Whether Ungo and his colleagues
can mobilize this sector is unknown.

The candidate claims that the bigges
factor working against him is fear
and alleges that campaign worker
have already been indirectly threat
ened by military officials. Noting th
tens of thousands of political murder
that have plagued the country, Ung
added wryly, "If an army officer tell
you to watch out because something
might happen to you, you know he'
not bluffing."


Fridays in The Daily

I ~o u ___


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The University of
Classes of 1989 & 1990
to a presentation and reception on
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Career Opportunities

Drexel Burnham Lambert
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Presentation for Financial Analyst Position
Tonight at 7:00 p.m.
Michigan Union Pendleton Room
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about the position of Financial Analyst.

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