The Michigan Daily-Thursday, June 11, 1981-'Page 9
Nuclear shipments 'imminent'
LANSING (UPI) - A state aide said yesterday he
believes federal officials will respond to safety
questions before approving movement of Canadian
nuclear waste through Michigan, but the company
concerned said permission for the shipment is im-
Don Inman, Gov. William Milliken's top environ-
mental adviser, said the Nuclear Regulatory Com-
mission has indicated it will answer next week safety
questions raised by the governor and offered to
discuss the issues with state officials.
INMAN rSAID the administration will attempt to
block the shipments if the health and safety of
Michigan residents is not protected. He conceded its
authority to do so is uncertain, however.
Meanwhile, an official of the Nuclear Assurance
Co. of Atlanta said he expected to get final route ap-
proval from the NRC before the day was out. But an
NRC spokesman in Washington said he was not
aware of any plans for immediate action on the issue.
The request by Nuclear Assurance for permission
to ship spent fuel from Canada through Michigan on
its way to South Carolina has raised a furor in the
THE FIRM HAS obtained a permit to enter the
United States at Sault Ste. Marie but must also
receive approval for a specific route before the ship-
ments begin. It is widely anticipated that the high
level wastes would move down Interstate 75 over the
Mackinac Bridge on their way south.
Milliken wrote a letter to NRC Chairman Joseph
Hendrie last month raising a numbe of safety
questions and asking about the state's authority to
regulate or halt the shipments. He specifically asked
about monitoring plans and whether the containers
being used were considered safe for shipment over
large bodies of water such as the Great Lakes.
Inman said NRC officials indicated a response
would be forthcoming by the first of next week.
In the legislature, the House Public Health Com-
mittee referred to a subcommittee legislation
prohibiting such shipments in the state. Similar
legislation has been introduced in the Senate.
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work but they have to provide the
Senate Assembly with more details
before the Assembly can act."
Jean Loup, of the School of Library
Science, said that possibly some issues
were not being examined by the faculty
as carefully as they should have been.
"There should be some business in the
Senate Assembly right now. We should
be more active in University affairs."
Prof. Ruth Barnard of the nursing
school said the faculty should start ac-
ting on issues and not waiting for others
to take the leadership. "There are
many faculty who can assist at this
time and should be making helpful con-
tributions," she said.
NORMAN NELSON, Professor
emeritus of the English department,
said "the Senate Assembly has been
more or less corrupted by the ad-
ministration. The administration is get-
ting what it wants and the Senate
Assembly is getting out of the way of
"It's kind of like my household,"
Nelson continued. "I always made the
decisions-but I checked with my wife
first to makesure it was okay."
"I think it's shocking that when the
University is in such severe straits"
SACUA decides that the Senate Assem-
bly has nothing to do, Nelson said.
The Senate Assembly is the represen-
tative body of the University faculty
and usually meets on the third week of
each month throughout the year. The
Assembly's next meeting is scheduled
for the third week in July.
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