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In short, it’s about everything a great European style restaurant is all about. Parisian Charm. Omelette & Champagne Breakfast. Beautiful Crepes. Afternoon Cocktails. Gallant Waiters. Delicious Quiche. Evening Romance. Continental Steaks. Mysterious Women. Famous Pastries. Cognac & Midnight Rendezvous. he Old St Gsfe 310 East 6th St. ti Austin, Texas at’s It c 911 About? An Interview With CASE’s Juanita Ellis Before the recent round of Nuclear Regulatory Commission hearings on Comanche Peak, I talked with the main citizens’ intervenor, Juanita Ellis. We sat at the kitchen table in her small Dallas house as the sun went down and her husband, Jerry, hammered on something in the backyard. Excerpts from our talk follow. Nina Butts about the NRC hearings: “I think to me the most disheartening and disappointing aspect of the whole hearing process has been the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff’s position and attitude. . . . It’s almost like having two utility companies instead of an agency that’s . . . looking out for the public interest. It’s just appalling. “The people who work \(at Comthere many of them don’t have any confidence whatsoever in the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and in the hearings process.” about being an intervenor: “It’s so difficult for intervenors to be able to play the legal game. . . . There are so many things being able to cite reasons if something is objected to, why you need to get it in legally. The legal terminology and so forth is very difficult. . . . Also it’s very difficult to know exactly how to word questions when you’re cross-examining to be able to get the information you’re really after. . . . It’s a whole different world. “There’s still an awful lot I don’t know. It’s a learning process. . . . Many times it’s learning too late how to do something . . . so that point or issue is lost because you just don’t know the legal niceties. . . . It’s very frustrating, constantly frustrating.” about her political orientation: “For a long time I voted Republican. I was like a lot of people who hadn’t really looked closely at what was being said. “Actually, energy changed my whole political way of thinking because I I. . . found that many of the people who were saying things like `Let’s get government out of business’ and ‘Let’s get back to the free enterprise system’ were the very same people who were standing there with their other hand out with all the subsidies for nuclear power.” about her organization, Citizens Association for Sound Energy: “Initially CASE was founded because of a small group of people’s general concern about the Comanche Peak plant. . . . We’ve approached things quite differently from most groups. We’ve always worked within the established system. We’ve tried to make the system work, and I can tell you first-hand it isn’t working worth a damn. . . . As far as getting media coverage, it’s been much better in the last year or two, but . . . we’re pretty dull! We don’t do marches, we don’t go over fences, we’re very establishmentlooking. ” about the effect of nuclear power projects on the economy: 44 . . . Not just at Comanche Peak but at other places as well, we flat can’t afford it financially. One thing I think hasn’t been looked at enough is the overall impact of nuclear energy. When you’ve got one plant that was supposed to cost $779 going to cost anywhere from three to five billion, and you have several plants around the country in the same situation, and you have a tight money supply, that means that some small businesses are not going to be able to get a loan that they need. . . . The overall effect is going to be very detrimental to our country’s economy. 46 . When you see something like what happened at Three Mile Island . . . they don’t even call it an accident, they call it an incident you have a spectacle of a utility corn “After talking to the NRC, [my foreman] began treating me differently. [One foreman] made a comment to a group . . . that same day, ‘Watch out for this guy he’s probably a stoolie.’ [Then I was given] the shit details. I had to weld limited access welds [and] they saved up a lot of them for me to do in the hottest part or the coldest part of the building .. . I talked to the, NRC . . . I’m taking medicine because of it and it’s affected my home life . . . Then I was contacted by Driskill again who told me that if the judge subpoenas me in court he name … ” When Combs told Driskill what had been going on at work, he was told “If he was me, he’d remain confidential,” which means he would not be able to testify. Combs says that he knows of other problems at the plant, but when he tried to tell his supervisors they told him to forget it, to get the job done or “we’ll all be looking for a job.” Combs also did not know that there was a law protecting whistleblowers. He and his family have recently left the area. So have the Stiners, who encountered severe harassment from coworkers after both testified at the NRC hearings in September. The only whistleblowers still involved in the proceedings are Atchison, whose wife Jeannie believes is safe only because he “went public” early, and engineers Mark Walsh and Jack Doyle who resigned in protest from the plant when they were ordered to discontinue con Continued on Page 10 8 JULY 22, 1983