August 16, 1989 |
A 10-ton machine capable of detecting plastic explosives hidden in luggage arrived Tuesday at New York's Kennedy International Airport, representing the newest generation in anti-terrorism technology. The $1.1-million thermal neutron analysis (TNA) device is billed as the first machine available to automatically detect the type of plastic explosives believed to have caused the destruction of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, last year, killing 270 people.
December 5, 1987 |
The Senate on Friday rejected legislation restricting so-called "plastic guns," which, proponents of the ban say, may escape detection by metal detectors and X-ray security machines used in airports. The Senate voted 47 to 42 to table an amendment that Sens. Howard M. Metzenbaum (D-Ohio) and Strom Thurmond (R-S. C.) had attached to a measure authorizing funds for the Veterans Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 1988
Mayor Tom Bradley's administration Wednesday ordered four city departments to halt all purchases of products made of polystyrene foam because they cannot be recycled. In a letter signed by Bradley's chief of staff, Mike Gage, the Los Angeles General Services, Airport, Harbor and Water and Power departments were told that "a coffee cup made of polystyrene foam that is used for only a few minutes will continue to burden the environment for hundreds of years." Gage also asked City Atty.
May 26, 1988 |
The Senate voted Wednesday to outlaw the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns made from plastic or other materials that could pass through metal detectors. The legislation, primarily aimed at terrorists and air pirates, also would require that all toy guns have orange plugs in their barrels so they cannot be mistaken for real weapons. "There is no doubt that in the hands of terrorists and other criminals, undetectable weapons are a clear threat," said Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.
November 11, 1988
President Reagan signed a bill banning the manufacture, sale or possession of plastic guns or any other firearms that can elude detection. Although such guns are not currently on the market, experts estimate they could be developed shortly, but the ability to detect such a device is years away. The bill covers any firearm that cannot be detected by a walk-through metal detector, but it exempts any gun that has been certified by the Pentagon or the Central Intelligence Agency.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1988
The sale, manufacture and distribution of plastic foam products, such as insulated coffee cups, made with harmful chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) will be banned in Los Angeles starting next July 1, the City Council decided Tuesday. Without debate, the council approved a proposed ordinance sponsored by Councilman Zev Yaroslavsky last November. But the ban will not remove plastic foam products from use.
October 21, 1988 |
The House, moving to control the threat of terrorist weapons that have yet to be developed, gave final approval Thursday to legislation controlling the manufacture, sale and use of all-plastic weapons that could elude metal detectors in airports and public buildings. The bill, which was approved on a voice vote, was passed earlier by the Senate. It now goes to President Reagan, who is expected to sign it into law.
March 3, 1988 |
The Justice Department, ending a long silence by the Reagan Administration on the issue, endorsed legislation Wednesday to ban plastic guns unless they contain enough metal to set off metal detectors. After months of internal debate in the Administration, Atty. Gen. Edwin Meese III promised Sen. James A. McClure (R-Ida.), "the enthusiastic support of the Justice Department" for his legislation on undetectable plastic guns.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1991 |
An experiment with plastic bricks by an Encino church may give Caltrans the ability to build lighter, cheaper sound walls to contain the noise of freeway traffic. Bethel Lutheran Church is building a 13-foot-high wall of polyurethane bricks between the Ventura Freeway and the church and its school, the first use of the lightweight blocks for a sound wall in the United States, according to the state Department of Transportation and the manufacturer of the blocks.
March 13, 1988 |
The sturdy brown paper grocery bag was a fixture. A verity. An expense. So when the crinkly plastic grocery bag made its U.S. debut, promising grocers big savings, it rapidly took over a large share of the market. Virtually unknown a decade ago, the petrochemical grocery bag now accounts for between 35% and 50% of the 30 billion bags sold annually, up from 5% as recently as 1982.