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c A-2 yei, A; The Arizona Republic Plant neighbors rated 'norma? in radiation test Associated Press HARRISBURG, Pa. Scores of people who live - in homes or farms near the contaminated Three Mile Island nuclear plant received free radiation . tests Tuesday and were told the computer con- firmed the levels in their bodies are normal. On the island, meanwhile, technicians were keep- - ing up their routine but cautious chore of draining I gas pockets from a primary cooling system to ; prepare the crippled reactor core for its eventual cold shutdown, still several days away. ; As the scanner tests began shortly before noon,' -biologist R.L. Gotchy of the Nuclear Regulatory .Cbmmission said, "We don't expect to see any significant levels at all." By midafternoon, when -about a dozen persons had been tested, he said ' there had been no abnormal readings. But one woman was jittery. "I really don't like having our kids here until we're sure they've completely cleaned out (the plant)," said Carmella Swartz. Her 3-year-old son was in a red wagon carrying a sign that read: "Because we're alive, it doesn't mean we survived ' TMI." For many others, things were nearing normal. Evacuees were returning home, filing insurance claims for losses, and sending children back to schools that were open for the first time in 12 days. The NRC said radiation around the plant was still ; dropping toward the level of natural background radiation for Harrisburg. And officials said that even though levels remained higher than normal for the area, they posed . no danger and did not exceed what is considered normal in some other areas, such as Denver. At the plant, five workers took a sample of the " coolant, hoping to get an idea of how badly the - uranium core is damaged. Last week, a worker ' received an overdose of radiation when he took such a sample. But this time there was no leak, the . NRC said. Within the containment building, an NRC official said, technicians were still unable to figure out exactly what was happening to the high levels of radiation that contaminated the building just after the accident. On Tuesday, and over the previous several days, ; they had been getting extremely high radiation readings 50,000 rems, or nearly twice the al-i ready lethal 30,000 rems recorded just after the accident But Jim Hanchett, an NRC spokesman, said, the readings might well be inaccurate. He said technicians "think either that the instrument has ." failed or that there is a hot particle sitting on top - ' of it" '. The computerized radiation tests, coordinated by the NRC and administered by a California firm, " involve a body scan given to those who live within 1 the plant's five-mile radius. t Officials said several hundred persons had signed up for scans through Friday. The process takes about eight minutes. Subjects - remove their shoes and jewelry before entering a t stainless steel box. A scanner, equipped with a sodium crystal to receive and register radiation, moves back and forth near their bodies while a ! computer provides readings on radiation levels. 1 The mobile unit is linked by telephone lines to a ; computer at the Helgeson Nuclear Services near - San Francisco, the firm that makes the scanners. Lew Helgeson, its owner, was pleased with the ; results on dairy farmer Chris Becker. 2 "It looks great. It's what I'd expect from your - muscular build. The preliminary reading was just 2 an ordinary body potassium background," Helgeson said. Becker was pleased, too. "We came to let the public know we are safe and that our milk that's V leaving the farm is safe, fend that everything's all right again," he said. .- Harold Denton, the NRC's chief of operations and l a heroic figure to many residents, stopped by to I. ... J l III. Jin w, I I I U' -SI II pi i r. r is i . A ' 7 N AmiMIU Pkm Technician Bill Gibson scans Chris Becker with a computerized radiation detector. thank people for getting tested. Some of those waiting asked for his autograph. In Harrisburg, meanwhile, insurance officials said they have paid out $815,286 to cover living expenses for those who were advised to leave the area. GETTING PHYSICAL Dare. Hit the beach in the Play. Exercise. With hardly you and the sun. They're . High on the thigh. Hot. bare. It's hard to wear less Two knockout ways to peel for the surcDanskin Miliiskin tanks. ' Lithe, leggy hits of color hitched up at the thighs, with bikini rings. In Antron 19 nylonLyaa spandex. sizes S-M-L Left the bikini-bottomed tank to wear tied in back or bandeau style, $17. Right: the side- baring criss-cross tank with ultra high-cut

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  1. Arizona Republic,
  2. 11 Apr 1979, Wed,
  3. [Second Edition],
  4. Page 2

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