A Takoma Park committee recommended Monday that the city tighten its already stringent nuclear-free zone law and establish ways to make sure it is obeyed.

But the committee split on the central issue of whether any exemptions should be granted to the law.

The six-person committee was appointed by the City Council in August after city police complained that they could not buy a new radio system without buying from firms involved in the nuclear-weapons industry, which would be a violation of the city ordinance.

Some city officials then expressed concern that the nuclear industry was so widespread that other necessary items could not be purchased.

Although city officials now believe they can find police radios from firms not involved in the nuclear weapons production, some are also worried that the problem may recur.

Three members of the committee recommended that the city establish a waiver procedure, which would be used after no reasonable alternate suppliers could be located.

The other members of the committee said they did not want to see the original ordinance weakened.

The committee compromised by recommending unanimously closing a loophole that allows the city to buy items made by nuclear weapons producers from third parties, and recommended that the law cover all city purchases, not just those made under contract.

It also recommended that the city phase out products of nuclear weapons manufacturers that it already owns, provide city employes with comprehensive lists of firms involved in the nuclear weapons industry and establish a committee to oversee the implementation and adherence of the nuclear-free zone.

Public discussion of the proposed changes has not been yet been scheduled.