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Partisan Battles Continue in Election Saga
The Associated Press
In dueling televised appearances, A1
Gore made a surprise proposal for a
statewide hand recount of Florida’s 6
million ballots Wednesday and
George W. Bush swiftly rejected
it, calling the effort under way
in several Democratic-leaning
counties “arbitrary and chaot
With their futures tied up in a knot of
legal batdes, the presidential rivals
called for a quick end to the contested
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As controversy over activating two of
Carolina Power & Light Co.’s Shearon Harris
Nuclear Power Plant storage pools heats up,
those who oppose the expansion are seeking
CP&L already has two fuel rod storage pools
in use at its nuclear power plant in Wake County
and has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory
Commission to activate two more.
Plant officials say they have added safety mea
sures to reduce the risk of an accident.
But the highly radioactive nature of the rods
has some residents up in arms about CP&L’s pro
posal, said Gordon Thompson, executive director
of the Institute for Resource and Security Studies
and an adviser to Orange County.
“Essentially, Orange County is saying the
pools are a dangerous way to store spent fuels.”
This is where dry storage comes in. Officials
say using dry storage casks is preferable to wet
pools because they would eliminate the need to
bring reactor waste to Shearon Harris.
“We’re very much in favor of dry storage at
each generating reactor instead of bringing it to
Harris,” said Jim Warren, director of the N.C.
Waste Awareness and Reduction Network.
“The waste is coming from CP&L’s other reac
tors in North and South Carolina. If (CP&L)
chooses to do dry storage, they’d drop the plans
to import the stuff here.”
Dry casks allow each reactor to dispose of its
own waste safely. A cask is put into the pool so
that water can drain in. Fuel is then moved into
the cask. Once the cask has been filled, it can be
removed and stored elsewhere.
David Lochbaum, nuclear safety engineer for
the Union of Concerned Scientists, said casks not
only provide all of the safety measures of pools,
but have added benefits, such as the ability to be
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election but disagreed on how to do it.
“Our goal,” the vice president said at
his official mansion, “must be what is
right for America.”
Their evening addresses capped a
whirlwind day of legal activity
that gave both weary camps a
taste of victory and defeat -but
no clear road to completion.
The Florida Supreme Court
opened the action by rejecting a request
from Secretary of State Katherine Harris
to block any manual recounts “pending
final resolution” of whether the process
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CP&L Expanding Beyond
Wake County, Carolinas
By Kate Hartig
In addition to trying to grow locally,
Carolina Power & light Cos. is moving
closer to becoming one of the largest ener
gy companies in die South.
And this has some local activists wor
ried they will be encountering a “David
and Goliath” fight.
CP&L is slated to merge with Florida
Progress Corp., a Tampa-based energy
company, by the end of this year. CP&L
already owns four nuclear plants in North
and South Carolina.
“A lot of mergers are going on in utility
right now,” said Jeanne Bonds, corporate
communications manager for CP&L.
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camp had inter
vened in the
case, seeking to
consolidate the tangle of legal petitions
under one state court.
The high court’s ruling, though far
from the final word, gave Democrats
new vigor in their ballot-by-ballot bid to
trim Bush’s 300-vote lead in the state.
Officials in Broward and Palm Beach
counties hunkered down for an excruci-
“The focus for CP&L is to become a
Southeastern regional energy company.”
Florida Progress, an energy company
equivalent in size to CP&L, also has a
nuclear plant in Crystal Rivers, Fla., sim
ilar to the Shearon Harris Nuclear Power
Plant in Wake County. The merger will
include the Crystal Rivers Plant, which
has its own spent-fuel waste storage.
Several protesters to the expansion of
the Shearon Harris plant are worried that
waste from Florida nuclear plants will be
transferred to the Wake County facility.
But Bonds said no transfer of nuclear
waste will be involved; the waste from the
Florida plants will be stored on-site.
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ResidentsvMgged by Insect Infestation
By Angela Parker
Two students sat in their room in
Teague Residence Hall one night /tH
quiedy studying. , r
Suddenly, they heard a
strange clicking noise. They ”
looked at each other, puzzled.
At first they suspected the sound was
coming from one of their computers.
They checked, but discovered nothing.
They inspected their refrigerator.
Still nothing. Finally, they realized
they weren’t alone. They glanced toward
the ceiling and saw their uninvited guests.
Teague resident Crystal Keller, a junior,
has wrangled with the problem since her
ating hand count of 1 million ballots.
Even as they did, the Republican sec
retary of state set the stage for another
legal clash by announcing she would not
accept the hand-counted ballots, calling
the counties’ reasoning “insufficient.”
Harris vowed to certify the Florida
election results Saturday without the
hand recount totals.
Gore’s lawyers said they will chal
lenge her decision in state circuit court
The fight careening out of Florida, a
federal appeals court in Adanta agreed
A three-part series
probing the controversial proposal to make
Wake County's Shearon Harris Nuclear Power
Plant the largest nuclear waste repository in the
Today; Nuts and Bolts
Friday: The People
Local activists have been battling the Shearon Harris
Nuclear Power Plant for more than 18 months.
1987 Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982
and its 1987 amendments require or autho
— rize the Department of Energy (DOE) desig
nated Yucca Mountain in Nevada for study as
a possible repository site. Site is to be com
pleted ml 0 years; government fells behind.
Oct. 20,1998 CP&L announces plans to
increase storage at Shearon Harris.
Nov. 17,1998 Resolution by local
governments asking for public hearings.
Feb. 1,1999 Nuclear consultant Dr.
Gordon Thompson hired by Orange County.
Feb. 2,1999 —3O days resident discussion.
March 4,1999 CP&L plans to fight
county's initiative to oppose expansion.
Aug. 24,1999 —CP&L plans merger with a
Fla. company, 1,250 jobs will be cut
Aug. 29,1999 —N.C. WARN increases
protests of the expansion.
Nov. 5,1999 —CP&L announces plans to
hold two public hearings.
_ December 1999 —CP&L holds two public
hearings about safety concerns.
Feb. 7,2000 —Sen. Edwards meets with
local officials to hear about Shearon Harris.
March 30,2000 Edwards decides to stay
involved with the need for open debate.
Aug. 22,2000 -CP&Lexpansion delayed.
Oct. 17,2000 - Three protesters are arrested
outside the CP&L in Raleigh, demanding to
speak to CEO William Cavanaugh.
Nov. 20,2000 Deadline to file safety con
cems to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
freshman year on South Campus, where
she said the ladybugs were the worst
Rebecca Casey, the assistant director
of housing and residential education,
said students all over campus are
HP having to deal with the winged
insects, and said that the amount
SB- of ladybugs this fall is really no
? greater than in previous years.
“The ladybugs arrive from all over
the Southeast region of the country
every year because they are trying to get
in from the cold weather,” Casey said.
But while many students say die bugs
are a nuisance, experts deem ladybugs
“beneficial insects” and recommend that
pesticides not be used to eliminate the
infiltration, she said.
Residence halls have been equipped
to consider Bush’s bid to shut down the
recounts. The Texas governor lost a
round on that question in federal court
earlier this week in Miami.
In a 182-page brief, Bush’s attorneys
argued that granting the injunction to
stop the hand counting in Florida would
“not substantially injure the rights of the
defendants ... and will clearly advance
the public interest”
The appeal seeks to stop the hand
counting in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade,
Broward and Volusia counties in
with special vacuums, and residents are
being urged to check them out and then
release the bugs outside. “It is a pretty sim
ple thing to solve,” said A1 Calarco, asso
ciate director of housing and residential
education. “In tile scope of things, I don’t
see this issue as being a real problem.”
Sophomore Justin Perry, a Hinton
James Residence Hall resident, said he
does not kill the ladybugs and that he
sees them as harmless. “It is irritating,
but I do not see them hurting me - it is
more of a nuisance than anything.”
Casey said students have been
advised to use a facilities maintenance
request form if they are having ladybug
problems, and maintenance workers wiflj
seal windows and cracks in the rooms cfl
the residents. “Air conditioning units are3
Today: Showers, 58
Friday: Showers, 57
Saturday: Cloudy, 49
Thursday, November 16, 2000
Ml M II
Presidential candidates Democrat At Gore
and Republican George W. Bush call for
an end to the election standstill but are
divided on the means to that aid.
The Chapel Hill Town Council
petitioned UNC to publicize
its land development plans
of a future research park.
By Amanda Wilson
Anew development project on the
UNC-owned Horace Williams tract has
surfaced, prompting the Chapel Hill
Town Council to demand answers from
During the past
two years, UNC
officials and con
researched how to
transform the 975-
acre wooded lot
into a 8 million
The land, locat
ed along Airport
Road and Estes
Drive, is owned
by UNC, but sev
eral town facilities
are on the tract
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says she resents the
evasiveness of the
Horace Williams area
At the Town Council meeting Monday
night council members asked UNC offi
cials to come forward with their plans.
Council member Flicka Bateman said
Wednesday that she heard about the
research park plan through rumors
spread by reporters. “It gave me pause in
terms of the whole process of open dia
logue between the community and the
council,” she said.
Bateman was an original member of
the Horace Williams Plan Committee,
formulated by former UNC chancellor
Michael Hooker in 1998. “I thought
development for the Horace Williams
plot had been put on the back burner,”
she said. “It has all been very hush
hush. I resent the evasiveness of that.”
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a prime way for ladybugs to
enter rooms, and all cracks or
unsealed places should be 'W'*,
sealed to alleviate the prob
lem,” Casey said.
But residents’ problems with the crea
tures are not limited to the live ones.
They also face the problem of the lady
bugs dying and covering the floors of
their living space.
Keller said that although the ladybugs are
starting to die, she does not mind disposing
of them properly. And she said the live bugs
aren’t bad entertainment “They are good
companions if you are lonely because you
; can sit and watch them."
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