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10- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, August 9, 1995
Fermi II protesters continue their efforts

By Patience Atkin
Daily News Editor
The Fermi II nuclear reactor probably
won't be shut down any time soon, bit
that didn't stop anti-Fermi protesters from
spending the weekend demonstrating
against the facility.
Police arrested three protesters Satur-
day for trespassing on the reactor site, lo-
cated in Monroe."'They were arrested at the
plant said Michael Trapp, an organizer for
the Fermi II Action Project. "They put up a
ladder and climbed over the fence."
The Monroe County Sheriff's Depart-
ment confirmed three arrests but would
not comment further.
The arrests came in the middle of a
scheduledFTAP demonstration for the 50th
anniversary of theHiroshima bombing.
"There were also two people arrested
for chaining themselves to a statue of
Custer in downtown Monroe," Trapp said.
FTAP has been protesting against the
Fermi II reactor for more than a year.
While these protests and subsequent
arrests attract media attention, a spokesman
for Detroit Edison, the company that oper-

ates Fermi II, said the activities will not per-
suade Detroit Edison to close the plant.
"We're concerned with operating the
plant safely," said Guy Cerullo. "That is
our No. I concern. ... As far as safety is
concerned, (protesting) doesn't have any
effect on what our policies are."
Diane D'Arrigo, radioactive waste
project director for the Nuclear Informa-
tion and Resource Service, said that even
though the protests might not cause an im-
mediate shutdown, the media attention
will benefit the cause.
"Ithink that the protest and any attention
can only help to draw scrutiny to public of-
ficials who aren't doing theirjobs," she said.
Greenpeace USA has publicly ac-
knowledged the efforts of FTAP. "If people
hadn't gone out and fought against nuclear
power plants, there'd be (more than)two in
each state,"said Harvey Wasserman, senior
adviser to Greenpeace USA.
FTAP said that their efforts will not
cause an immediate shutdown. "No one
seriously thinks that one year's going to do
it," Trapp said. "We're keeping a close eye
on (Detroit Edison's) activities."

wo anti-nuclear protesters climb the fence at the Fermi II nuclear power
lant In Monroe on Saturday.

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Christmas cards and 7,300convalescent
cards. She shipped sweaters, books, a
other gifts to the men she thought of as
Buchanan, a former Ann Arbor resi-
dent and University museumemployee
who died in 1953, wrote to soldiers at
least once a month.
"(It was) a series of adventures in
friendship that I'd never dreamed were
coming," Buchanan said in a radio pro-
gram aired by Washtenaw County's
WPAG in 1946.
Buchanan's papers are part of the
Bentley Historical Library exhibit
"Michigan Goes to War," which
chronicles the participation of Univer-
sity faculty, students and alumni in
World War II.
The Buchanan collection features
photographs, including one signed by
Rear Admiral Chester Nimitz and
Dwight D. Eisenhower, newspaper
clippings and the letters written I
Buchanan by her "boys." Researhe
can also find letters from Jane Addams,
Eisenhower, Nimitz and countless
other individuals affected by
"It is a fascinating collection," said
Brian Williams, curator of the exhibit
and assistant archivist at the Bentley.
"We have a half-dozen other collec-
tions from students but nothing on the
scale of the Buchanan papers."
Buchanan began by writing to th
80 members of the National Guard
Company K unit from Ann Arbor and
asking them if they wanted mail and
"I was very fond of Aunt Ruth and
her letters," said Paul Wayner Willis, a
former second sergeant in Company K
who entered the service in July 1942:
Willis, wbo currently lives in Ann
Arbor, received letters three timesg
month from "Aunt Ruth," as she war
known to the servicemen. Buchanan
and Willis exchanged between 20to030
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person can write, personally, so many
letters," Willis wrote in a letter to
Buchanan. "Yours is a splendid work
which brings joy to hundreds of hearts."
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