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Bill would block transport
(Continuedfrom Page 3) released radioactivity into the environment. Tri- Peg Furlong, Detroit Edison media relations direc-
ake it to China." State will be the carrier of the spent nuclear fuel tor.
ACCORDING TO Bennet, an accident involving should Bennet's bill fail. In the letter Jens suggested that another meeting
pent nuclear fuel could contaminate an area of 50 "THAT IS ENTIRELY incorrect, totally wrong," be held in which the side of the Transportation depar-
quare miles, and would cost an estimated $700 Tri-State nuclear specialist Earl Rutenkroger said of tment and Nuclear Regulatory Commission be
illion to $1 billion to clean up. the accident figures. "Those events are not acciden- presented.
However, Jack Houston, vice president of sales for ts, they are incident reports. Whenever there is even "We're concerned with duplicity of regulation en-
[uclear Assurances Corp., characterized Bennet's a suspicion of contamination a report must be filed," forcement," Furlong said.
ontamination statements as being "full of crap." Rutenkroger said. JENS ALSO WROTE that though the proposed bill
"The fuel is shipped dry. If one of the casks (con- "None of those figures represents a highway ac- only prohibits the transportation of spent fuel from
ainers in which spent fuel is transported) were cident. They all involved suspected container out-of-state, "regulating or banning the transpor-.
lown open, you could stand 50 feet away and be in no leakage. In none of the incidents was there any en- tation of radioactive material could eventually lead
anger," Houston said. vironmental contamination," the nuclear expert to other bills which could impact research activities,
"BESIDES, THE casks are designed to take said. medical treatment, and industrial activities as well
'emendous impact. They can be dropped off a bridge Bennet's bill will be voted on by the Public Health as the present and future operation of nuclear power
nto a surface that doesn't 'give' and will not leak," committee tomorrow. If approved by the committee plants within the state."
ouston said, adding that the walls of the casks are the bill will go before the full house. According to Dan Sharp, a legislative assistant to
ie equivalent of 10 inches of lead and that the casks Bennet is fairly optimistic of committee passage, Rep. Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor), a co-sponsor of
iemselves weigh 34,000 pounds. though he noted opposition from Detroit Edison elec- the bill, the chances of passage for the bill are "ex-
According to an information sheet distributed by tric company at a committee hearing last week. cellent."
IRGIM concerning the proposed spent fuel ship- NO REPRESENTATIVES from Detroit Edison at- Sharp added, "There is no particular reason for
ents, 103 accidents involving radioactive material tended the hearing, but company Vice-president of this state to absorb everyone else's risk. The feds are
ccured in 1979. Ninety-two of these involved Tri- Nuclear Operations Wayne Jens sent a letter to making the United States the principal waste recep-
tate Motor Transit Company, eleven of which committee Chairman Raymond Hood, according to ticle of the world."

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Men reveal sexuality
in new Hite report

NEW YORK (AP)-Shere Hite
doesn't need a passport to controversy.
She's a permanent citizen.
Her first encounter was five years
ago when critics lampooned her
research methods in the best-selling
book "The Hite Report on Female
Sexuality," which examined the sexual
practices of women through their
anonymous responses to a question-
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sex, using testimony from the men who
wrote in. Some responses are
humorous, while others are poignant.
Some border on erotica.
"I think men and women are very
alienated today because men have very
torn feelings about the role of women in
today's society," she said. "If they
havea wife who doesn't work, then they
wonder if they are exploiting her. If she
does work, a husband might not feel
comfortable about that either."
THE CURRENT Hite report, like the
other Hite report, represents an
exhaustive effort: more than 100,000
questionnaires asking for anonymous
replies to 168 essay questions were sent
to senior citizen centers, churches,
colleges, and universities around the
country. Responses came from 7,239
men, ages 13 to 97, whose occupations
include cartoonist, butcher, dentist,
chemical engineer, chairman of the
board, police officer, lawyer,
mechanic, postal clerk, one vagabond,
and one "wage slave," resulting in a
1,129-page book.
And her findings, though not earth-
shattering, should provide good grist
for cocktail parties:
" Men do not like a "macho" image
and think such a person insecure.
" Most men think women don't want
sex often enough.
" Ninety percent of those who respon-
ded enjoy masturbation and most of
those who said they have sex with a
partner four or more times a week
masturbate about three times a week.
Her most surprising discovery, she
said, was that 76 percent of men
married between two and five years
had had extramarital affairs,
suggesting that fidelity is fast
becoming an endangered value in
American marriages.

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