DUPONT NATION: On the surface the DuPonts are all for the environment. But, as the devastating Nader report reveals in one instance after another, DuPont works behind the scenes to stymie efforts aimed at environmental protection. Thus when company employees opposed construction of the big Colonial Oil pipeline across their property, DuPont turned on them. The employees questioned the constitutionality of extending the public right of emminent domain to Colonial which was taking private property for public use. On looking into the project, the employees found that the pipes to be used were too thin, poorly welded and inadequately protected from erosion. Equipped with X-ray photographs of the faulty pipes, DuPont technicians on their own time filed a complaint with the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission. But DuPont which sold lead and explosives to the Colonial Pipeline Co., turned on the employees and persuaded them one after another to shut up and drop the complaints. All save one man gave in. The Nader report explains how DuPont fixed him: “A DuPont engineer, whom we shall call Ed, was warned by , his division manager against going into New Jersey to look at the pipeline and against fighting the pipeline in general. One Sunday afternoon when Ed was away from Wilmington area, he stopped at a location in New Jersey where the pipeline was not yet buried. The following week after DuPont learned of his trip, his division manager told him that he had disobeyed orders and might lose his job. Ed demanded to talk to his chief engineer. But at a subsequent meeting with several superiors, the chief engineer read a statement putting Ed on probation before he even had a chance to defend his actions. When that year’s bonus list was announced, Ed’s name was not included, cutting his salary by 30 per cent. Soon thereafter, he left the DuPont Company.” February 4, 1972 17 Personal Service Quality Insurance ALICE ANDERSON AGENCY INSURANCE & REAL ESTATE 808A E. 46th, Austin, Texas 465-6577 Domestic spooks SAVE 20% Hard Tunes By James Ridgway Washington, D.C. The Central Intelligence Agency always insists its men aren’t involved in domestic police work, but in Chicago last week CIA agents were working with the FBI and Treasury men in an effort to pin the bank bombings on radical groups. Heretofore, clandestine CIA police work within the U.S. was centered around counter espionage efforts aimed at the Soviet KGB. CIA maintains secret bases in all major U.S. cities. The agency also has training camps in Virginia and the Carolinas. These are masked as regular military bases. Spooks are trained for duty at Williamsburg, Va. Two years ago CIA employees were surprised when members of the Chicago police force received blue ribbon treatment at Langley, Va., headquarters. 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