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Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 7. June 1979. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 19, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/895.

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(June 1979). Houston Breakthrough 1979-06 - Page 7. Houston and Texas Feminist and Lesbian Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/912/show/895

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Title Houston Breakthrough 1979-06
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date June 1979
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  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript Sansom and Crossley. The 10 p.m. report centered almost exclusively on the plant with Jim Parsons, an HL&P spokesperson, giving an on-site explanation of steps taken to correct some design flaws. Parsons apparently called KPRC after the first report to complain that the report gave the impression the problems still existed when in fact they had been corrected. According to KPRC news' George Caldwell, Parsons said they had "problems," not "big problems." By 10 p.m. the report noted that problems had existed, but they had been taken care of. LAURA FURMAN resigned her position as senior editor of City The Austin American-Statesman ran a story May 30 on a special investigation into the STNP by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, stemming from allegations made to federal officials during a routine inspection May 16-23. There was no local reporting of the investigation. Carlos Byars, environmental reporter for the Houston Chronicle, feels that out- of-town publications are "catching up with matters that we covered some time back. Some people that are not in the media directly think we ought to be down there camped on their doorstep, watching every weld made and printing every word that anybody says that objects to the plant and likewise ignore anything the company (HL&P) says about it. That's not the way this reporter works or this paper works. The presence of Time-Life, Newsweek etcetera does not impress me." Like Scarlett, Byars has not reported on the STNP in the last month KPRC's (June 9) 6 p.m. newscast had a story on the STNP and interviews with have something to tell us." So what about the City story itself? Its critics have charged that it was not well-researched and was a weak story. "Much ado about not very much," said the Post's Scarlett. "I think there were grounds for killing it because of poor t research," said Fox. "This story was never intended to be the definitive piece on the situation," said Sansom. "It's simply an analysis of the public record. It's all from NRC documents and the congressional record." Crossley agreed. "Andrew was going to do that first story and then go right on, "If they want all of the liabilities, then they can put up all of the money, and then they can be independent." —de Menil Friday's edition of the Matagorda County Tribune ran an article headlined 'HL&P Disputes Television Story,' which read like an HL&P press release. Parsons was the only source quoted in the story by staff reporter Jim Barlow. "Parsons said that he talked with KPRC news after the 6 p.m. report and that the 10 p.m. report was more accurate." In light of the national concern over potential dangers of nuclear power, I asked Tom Fox of KPRC-TV news why there has been so little local reporting on the STNP. "The only thing done on this has been on HL&P's initiative," he said. "They call a news conference when they he had a lot more material that he was working on. He will be doing more stories on it. They just won't be appearing in City. " "Yes, it's a small story," said Laura Furman, "but if we'd published it at the right time and then the NRC decided to investigate, wouldn't that have been nice for us? " It is a fact that the de Menil family and George Brown have a long and close association, which has been perceived by some observers as the reason de Menil killed the story. He denies it. (continued on next page) Einstein's Ghost by Andy Sansom and David Crossley SOUTH TEXAS NUCLEAR PROJECT UNIT I APRIL 16-19, 1978 RO REPORT NO. 78-08: ". . . on April 18, 1978, four outdated reactor containment drawings . . . were observed in the Unit 1 containment area where related work activities were being performed. ". . . the inspector observed that the bolted joint of four structural beams to column 103 ... in the Unit 1 containment was only partially inspected as confirmed by the responsible [quality control] inspector, yet the record print . . . was marked indicating that the inspection was completed..." SOUTH TEXAS NUCLEAR PROJECT UNIT 2 APRIL 17-20, 1978 RO REPORT NO. 78-07: "The IE Inspector observed that although Unit No. 2 containment liner weld seam No. 95 . . . had been only partially prepared for welding, fabrication check list, FCL 2th-17.0 had been signed indicating that preparation was complete and the seam was ready for welding. This is an infraction." Typed at the top of another report: "Weld defects were found on 28 reactor coolant system support structural steel columns. Cause was inadequate welding techniques." In such reports filed by inspectors acting on behalf of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), one finds examples of failure to follow adequate welding procedures, to provide specified in-process inspection, to provide revised drawings; all infractions uncovered during inspections of the construction of one of the world's largest nuclear power plants, eight miles from Wadsworth, Texas, twelve miles from Bay City, and ninety miles from downtown Houston. While the accident at Three Mile Island has increased the public debate over atomic energy, recent events at and near the site of the nuclear power plant Brown & Root, Inc., is building for a consortium of utility companies managed by Houston Lighting & Power (HL&P) may soon catapult the already beleaguered facility into national prominence. The South Texas Project, due to be completed in 1983, is a joint project of HL&P, Central Power and Light Company in Corpus Christi, and the municipal utilities of Austin and San Antonio. Increasingly, the project is under attack from anti-nuclear power critics as well as from some former and present construction workers and inspectors. At least one lawsuit is in the offing in addition t^ allegations and evidence of fa lty workmanship, improper procedures, carelessness and violations of safety standards. Workers and residents near the plant report tension on the job site, where there are signs of hostility between personnel assigned to build the plant and those assigned to ensure its safety. Opponents of the project, as well as (continued on next page) HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH JUNE 1979