Page 10 - The Michigan Daily, Saturday, May 7, 1983
SWARTZ CREEK, Mich. (AP) -
Thirty-two families began moving back
yesterday to homes they were forced to
leave two weeks ago when a judge or-
dered immediate cleanup of Michigan's
worst toxic waste site.
Twenty-two other families were to
remain in motels until piles of con-
taminated soil are hauled away from
the Berlin & Farro Liquid Incineration
site west of Flint.
GENESSEE County Circuit Judge
Judity Fullerton agreed yesterday to a
state plan to let most of the
homeowners return while the cleanup
continues. Only those living along a
road directly ,in front of the site must
stay away, probably for about a week.
Officials said there was no threat to
health in letting residents of more
distant areas move back. They said
fears of finding liquid cyanide and acid
- which could prove deadly if mixed -
The families still evacuated will
return when contaminated sludge has
been trucked to a landfill near Cincin-
nati. Officials said Thursday that about
5,600 cubic yards of the 11,135 cubic
yards dug from a lagoon have been
shipped, with trucks hauling out about
800 yards a day.
More than 1,000 barrels of waste have
been removed, tested and sorted by
contents. Under an agreement announ-
ced Thursday by state and federal of-
ficials, work will continue at a landfill
at the site while a plan is devised to
dispose of the barrels.
Survival flight uDilyPho by
Rescue workers prepare to load a patient during a demonstration of the University Hospital's new "Survival Flight"
helicopter ambulance service. The service, which begins May 16, will respond to emergencies within a 150 mile radius
and is expected to make up to 700 flights each year according to Hospital officials.
Navy practices nuclear debris clean-up
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A real emergency near a highly recent an explosion at a Titan 2 missile off area described as a "national defen-
populated city could cost millions of site at Damascus, Ark., in September se area."
dollars and years of cleanup time, 1980. The civilian workers included 70 from
Roeder said. THE EXERCISE began with military the Virginia State Health Department.
"IT WOULD not be an easy task," he authorities sending a "Broken Arrow" The workers were checked carefully
said. "It would be the worst possible of message to Washington that a nuclear with radiation-detection gear as they
accidents." weapons accident had occurred and returned to a safe area near a civilian
Roeder said the Department of evacuation orders were carried out. command post.
Energy takes precautions to avoid Reporters were allowed on the site "The first thing we have to do is find
populated areas in transporting nuclear for the first time yesterday. out what happened, then how we can
weapons. Marine guards in protective suits and contain the accident, then locate the
There have been 32 accidents in armed with machine guns kept repor- contaminates dispersed by such an ac-
volving nuclear weapons, the most ters and civilian workers out of a roped- cident," Brig. Gen. Stan Brown said.
It can handle just about anything.
NASA bought it over the counter. You can too.
Right Here. Come to Ulrich's Electronics
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