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The Press. (Cortland, N.Y.) 1972-1990, March 30, 1990, Image 3

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The~ 30,1990/lliREE Waste forum offers no solutions By Deana Mongiove Special to the Press On Saturday. March 24th, Beta Beta Beta honor society sponsored an open forum debate, dealing with the issues of the low level radioacitve dump site. The panel consisted of the Siting Commis!>ion, and representa- tives from Cortland County. The Siting Commission con- sisted of Jay Dunkleberger, execu- tive director; health physicistsKath- leeen McMullen and David Maillie; and John Ciampo, a hydr~>geologist. Representing Cortland County was Cindy Monaco, coordinator of the LLRW office; Eric Johnson, Assis- tant Director of the Public Health Department; Pat Snyder, consulting attorney; Jon Harrington, consulting geologist; and Susan Griffin, repre- sentative of North Chenanago CARD. The two groups were medi- ated by Susan Wiltshire, a senior assocaiate at J.K. Associates, a consulting firm in public policy. The forum was divided into three segments. The first began with a five minute statement from the Siting Commission and the county. Fol- lowing this, Susan Wiltshire read a series of questions submitted by vari- ous residents and organizations throughout the community. The questions were directed mainly toward the Siting Commision, with a response and rebuttal questions from the county. The main purpose of this debate, to learn as much as possible from the Siting Commis- sion, was stated in the beginning, and monitored to that purpose for two and a half hours. In their opening statements, the Siting Committee said that three other states refuse to take the waste of New York State. In turn, New York must find its own disposal site, of which Cortland is a possibility. The county displayed their opposing views on the dangers of managing nuclear waste, inconsistent require- ments of choosing potential sites and the unsound decision being mnde by the Siting Commission. The questions read from the surrounding community covered a wide range of concerns dealing with the dump. These included popula- tion size in accordance with safety of location, previous success and fail- ures of dumping sites and the shift- ing of this issue from a scientific view to a political one. Questions also included the inef- PASSOVER YOUR SEDER PLATE .,,..,., CORTLAND COLLEGE'S JEWISH CpMMUNITY IS SPONSORING ITS ANNUAL PASSOVER SEDER ON THE FIRST NIGHT OF PASSOVER, MONDAY, APRIL 9. THE SEDER \WILL BE HELD IN THE COLLOQUIUM DINING ROOM, BROCKWAY AND WILL BEGIN AT 6:30PM. Monday. April 9 • First Seder 6:30 pm. Brockway Dining Hall $12.50 Students $14.50 non-students No one will he turned away. Adjustments will he made for those who cannot afford the entire amount. RNervation.J muJt be maiJe a.1 Joon aJ por~Jihle. N.o later than Apri/2. Tuesday, April 10 • Second Seder Same place and time hut only if enough interest. Must let us know hy Thursday March 29. If interute~ we can ~o arrange a SeiJer meal witb a CortlaniJ Jivni.ly for the SeconiJ Seder. Everyone is welcome. For ruervatiollKl and inquirieJ, contact Sanfor~ Gutman, Hkitory X2065 and 2725 or Elun Wertlieb, PJychology X2059 ficient process which ultimately pick a spot, the type of waste disposal, and socioeconomic effects. Those of major concern were the shift from a scientific to a political concern and the process which finallydetennines the site. Initially, the Taylor North Site, which was picked as one of the five potential sites in Cortland Alleghany County. was scientifically claimed inappropriate for disposing of nu- clear waste, according to Cindy Monaco, representative of the county. This decison against the site changed when criteria changed. A survery showed the site favorable because it was not within view of the residents. Discussion of this topic stirred hostile feelings from the audience toward the commission. The final process in selecting a site, will be a review of possilllc f utnl t111ws. David Maillie said iffi...,·e fatal flaws show as a possillility, the site will be dropped from considernt ion. lAthe final segment of this forum. members of the audience had the opportunity to ask questions of the Siting Commission. The concerns of the people dealt with leakage, eco- nomic responsiblitites of genemtors, the possible damage to surrounding dairy farms and the problems of de- termining a fatal flaw. Once again, the community was not fully satisi- fted with all the responses given. Both sides were granted the opportunity to defend themselves and prosecute each other. Many issues were discussed, but there were no resolutions to all of the concerns. Debates will continue until a site is finally chosen. Siting Commission's local information office reopens Special to the Press The New York State Low-Level Radioactive Waste Siting Commis- sion reports progress at its Cortland County local information office, despite considerable problems with illegal actions by a small group of protestors .who appear determined to prevent dialogue. \Many people who live in the area have come to the office to talk with staff about their concerns,\ said Susan Baranski, Director of Communica- tion for the New York State low-Level Radioactive Waste Siting Comm is- sion. The local infonnation office in Cortland County closed Friday, March 14 for cleaning, as a result of on-going vandalism. The office has been the . target of vandalism of a particularly noxious nature, according to Baran- ski. \Friday. March 14, when our staff arrived at the office they found that some unknown person or persons had deposited several animal carcasses, dead fish and vomit on the outside steps of the office,\ said Baranski. \As our staff proceeded to clean the steps, the protestors jeered and videotaped them. When the office opened for the week on Wednesday, March 21, there was a similar mess both inside and outside the office building.\ When informed of the situation at the Siting Commision's monthly business meeting, Commissioner Goldsmith noted that the commission \should not confuse legitimate concerns of responsible citizens with the irresponsible actions of groups or individuals bent on undermining open review of our actions.\ The commission reports that, even in the presence of protestors, people continue to visit and call the office to offer ideas and to get detailed infor- mation on issues. Many of these people also stop across the street at an infonnation stand operated by the protestors. According to Baranski, \This is how it should be. We are committted to the free exchange of information. The more sources people tap as they investigate this project, the better. We simply want people to have access to our infomation, as well.\ The Cortland County local information office is scheduled to open Wednesday, March 28, at 11:00 a.m. The office is located at5702 Brackel Raod in Cincinnatus, New York and can be contacted by telephone at 1- 607-863-4121 during scheduled hours . Call Us Before Your Southern Tan Disappears! Good P~kage Prices. (You may Jbare your pae/wge with a frierUJ.) Extended hoarJ iJuring tanning Jea.Jon. PHONE: 756-2222or 756-2669 ~·[83 Groton Ave. Plaza THE Hair d Skin Care Salon Cortland, NY • SunfJay Tanning Special!

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