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Page 10-Thursday, July 24, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Two volunteers
venture safely
inside TMI
nuclear plant

MIDDLETOWN, Pa. (AP) - Two
volunteers ventured safely inside the
dark chamber housing Three Mile
Island's crippled nuclear reactor
yesterday for the first time since a
nuclear power plant accident 16 months
ago alarmed the nation.
WIlliam Behrle and Michael Benson
managed to swing open a balky 1,000-
pound steel door that had blocked their
way in an earlier attempt in May. They
said they found predictable radiation
levels and little physical evidence of
damage from the accident.
"IT WAS A little bit like walking into
a tomb," Behrle said at a mid-
afternoon news briefing. "I felt kind of
relaxed. I was not apprehensive. When
I took the first radiation reading, I
thought, 'This is fantastic'."
Before leaving the reactor contain-
ment building at 10:26 a.m., the team
spent 20 minutes measuring radiation
levels, taking smear samples of surface
contamination and conducting other
tests considered vital to the plant's
cleanup.
Plant officials said in a statement
that the team reported no apparent
evidence of physical damage to
equipment or instruments. But the
engineers could not see the damaged
reactor holding 100 tons of uranium,
steam generators, pressurizer or reac-
tor cooling pumps.
"THE ENTRY mission proceeded
smoothly and according to plan, and the
data gathered will be valuable in plan-
ning the cleanup," said Robert Arnold,
in charge of recovery efforts for
Metropolitan Edison Co., the plant's
operator.
"Conditions do not appear to be any
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worse than we expected - perhaps a
little better," he added. "The next step
is another entry a month from now,
probably into areas that were not
covered today."
About the only unexpected thing the
team saw was a dented stairwell door.
Arnold said it probably swung Spen
during a hydrogen explosion the day of
the accident and hita pipe valve.
THE ENGINEERS also said there
were pockets of rust and discoloration
on the floor, as well as pieces of amber-
colored glass that may have come from
a broken light bulb.
Arnold also said the radiation
readings taken by the two basically
confirm remote readings taken during Oaily Photo by JIM KRU
the past few months. 'P nPet'promoters
Their instruments showed whole
body readings of 400 to 700 millirems Several young women pause to look at the wares displayed in one Art Fair
per hour, which Arnold said were booth yesterday. The booth is one of many exhibits to be found at the Art
"about where we hoped they would be," Fair, which will be open through Saturday evening.
Assassins kil newsp
mogul on Leanese road

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Assassins
killed the chairman of the Lebanese
newspaper syndicate on Beirut's
seaside highway yesterday, riddling his
limousine with bursts of automatic
weapons fire from a passing
automobile. His driver was also killed.
It was the latest in a recent wave of
slayings or attempted assassinations of
leading Middle East figures, attacks
that have spilled over into Western
Europe and the United States.
NO ONE CLAIMED responsibility
immediately for the murder of the
press association executive, Riyad
Taha, 53.
The killing touched off an uproar of
public condemnation over the wor-
sening lawlessness in Lebanon, where
the government has been unable to
establish a state of security since the
1975-76 civil war.
Lebanese political leaders of both the
left and right joined President Elias
Sarkis and the government in denoun-
cing Taha's assassination as a crime
against freedom of expression.
TAHA WAS A strong advocate of
freedom of the press, resisting
pressures to impose censorship on
Lebanon's newspapers.
In Paris, President Valery Giscard d'
Estaing vowed to put a halt to foreign
terrorism on French soil.
"France will not allow its soil to
become a base for foreigners seeking
to organize violent actions here,"
Giscard said. "The necessary
measures will be taken to protect the
national territory. These intolerable ac-

ts will receive the required justice." also Shiite Moslems.
PARIS WAS the scene Monday of the Since the mid-1970s, Lebanon1
murder of former Syrian Prime been torn by conflict involv
Minister Salaheddin al-Bitar and of an Christian rightists, left-wing Mosle
assassination attempt last Friday Palestinian refugees and rival facti
against former Iranian Prime Minister within each group.
Shapour Bakhtiar. Taha was the second promin
Police said they could establish no Lebanese journalist slain in re
motive for the assassination. One un- months. Last March, Salim La'
confirmed report circulating in Beirut editor and publisher of the Lond
said it may have been a revenge slaying based Arabic-language magazine
by relatives of a Shiite Moslem youth Hawadess, was abducted and slai
who was killed recently, supposedly by Beirut.
a member of the Taha family, who are.
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vocated a political view.
For example, Landeau -said, com-
mercials aimed at black viewers said
young men should register to keep
themselves out of trouble. Those ads
aimed at white viewers, he continued,
told those eligible that they should
register, not because it is the law, but
because it is "the right thing to do."
LANDEAU SAID instead of wasting
money producing public service com-
mercials that no one will air, the gover-,
nment should have spent money to buy
ad time. He also said the Selective Ser-
vice needed at least another six months
to prepare for registration.
In addition to his involvement with
the sex discrimination lawsuit, Lan-
deau is co-counsel in a suit testing the

constitutionality of the request for
social security numbers on the
registration forms.
The outlook for the sex
discrimination case-in which a federal
appeals court ruled registration of men
only unconstitutional-looks bright,
Landeau said.
Calling the wording of the ACLU's
case "very strong," Landeau said, "I
think the Supreme Court is likely to
uphold the decision of the lower court."
Landeau said he was not surprised
when Supreme Court Justice Brennan
issued a stay of the appeals court's
decision last weekend. "The gover-
nment filed a hysterical brief," said
Landeau. "Brennan really had no
choice."

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