Andrews Air Force Base Guard Shoots, Kills Intruder
ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (AP) _ An Air Force Security Police airman shot and killed a man who drove through a security checkpoint at an entrance to Andrews Air Force Base.
The man, described as a 34-year-old civilian, was pronounced dead at Malcolm Grow Medical Center on the base about 1:05 p.m. Thursday, Lt. Col. Temple Black said.
The man drove through the base’s manned west gate shortly after 12:30 p.m., base officials said.
Guards shouted at the man to stop, but he continued driving erratically for about 200 yards, officials said.
It was unclear whether the driver stopped when asked, Black said. It also was unclear whether the man was inside or outside of the car when he was shot.
The incident was being investigated by the Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations and the FBI.
Hospital officials said the man’s relatives had been notified of his death. Base officials gave no reason for withholding his identity.
--- Government Orders Sulfur Cut in Diesel Fuel
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering an 80 percent cut in diesel fuel sulfur content, saying the move would help get rid of black smoke belched from truck tailpipes.
″This control measure is an important step for cleaner air and protection from the harmful effects″ of pollution, EPA Administrator William K. Reilly said Thursday.
The regulation will boost the price of diesel fuel as much as 2.3 cents per gallon, he said. It requires refiners to reduce sulfur content of the fuel used on the road from 0.25 percent by weight to 0.05 percent, effective Oct. 1, 1993.
Small refiners have until 1995 to phase in the new standards as they install equipment to remove the sulfur, Reilly said. During that period, they will have to meet a set of interim standards.
The new regulation will help manufacturers of large diesel engines meet a 1985 requirement to curtail emissions of diesel ″particulates,″ said Jeff Alson, an engineer with the EPA’s Office of Mobile Sources in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The particulates - tiny bits of soot, hydrocarbons and other materials - are inhaled and tend to remain in the human respiratory tract, Alson said. They often are contaminated with poisonous fumes.
EPA recently declared the diesel particulate a probable carcinogen. It is believed to cause about 600 cases of cancer a year.
″It’s nowhere near as big a carcinogen as cigarette smoking, for example, but we still want to minimize the damage,″ Alson said.
Reilly said the new regulation on diesel sulfur and the 1985 rule on particulates, which will be fully effective next year, will ″virtually eliminate the black smoke from diesel tailpipes, cutting particulates by 90 percent,″ Reilly said.
--- Former Chicago-Philadelphia FBI Agent Gets Pay-Plus-Pension Settlement
WASHINGTON (AP) - A black FBI agent who charged in civil suits he was racially harassed by white agents will receive full pay and pension benefits, possibly worth more than $1 million, under a settlement of the case, his lawyer says.
Attorneys for Donald Rochon, 40, and the FBI signed an agreement this week that settles the three-year-old legal battle arising from the black agent’s charges he was harassed by white colleagues when he worked in the FBI’s Chicago office.
The settlement is a further admission by the FBI of racial problems in its ranks.
Officials earlier this year acknowledged that the FBI had settled three other racial discrimination suits, including one involving 30 employees of the fingerprint identification division.
The FBI announced the settlement with Rochon on Wednesday but declined to give details.
Rochon, who has been on disability leave since April because of emotional stress, will receive full compensation and full pension benefits under the terms of the settlement, said his attorney, David Kairys of Philadelphia.
Rochon will remain on disability leave until he is eligible to retire in 11 years, Kairys said. As a result of the emotional strain, ″he never wants to go back to the FBI,″ the lawyer said.
--- Report: Navy Fleet Maintenance Costs Higher Than Projected
WASHINGTON (AP) - The cost of maintaining and overhauling the nation’s naval fleet exceeded original estimates by about 30 percent with expenses rising to $3.7 billion over a three-year period, congressional investigators say.
The General Accounting Office, the watchdog agency of Congress, found cost growth and schedule overruns at the eight public shipyards and 44 private shipyards across the United States between fiscal years 1985 and 1988.
Public shipyards generally work on more sophisticated ships, including submarines, carriers and nuclear-powered surface ships. Private shipyards usually handle auxiliary and amphibious ships.
The GAO blamed the problems at private shipyards on an inability to determine beforehand what repair work must be done, unplanned work added after the government contract has been awarded and difficulty in obtaining materials.
In the study, released the end of July, the GAO also found that the market for ship maintenance and modernization is highly competitive, forcing contractors to submit low bids to obtain Navy work.
Similar problems also existed at public shipyards, where the GAO found that in some cases the companies did not have enough labor to do the work properly.
At the private shipyards, the GAO said that over a three-year period, contract costs increased from $2.8 billion to $3.7 billion with the final prices exceeding the contract award prices on 357 of 402 projects.