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USSR / Nuclear Accident #102263

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 30, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) USSR 's domestic version of Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster described.

(DC: John McWethy) Photo released by Sovs. shown, discussed. [Environmental Protection Agency admin. Lee THOMAS - cites lack of evidence indicating problems with another reactor.] Factors suggesting 2nd Chernobyl reactor may be experiencing problems listed; details given. [NRC spokesperson Harold DENTON - describes sequence of events in Chernobyl accident.] Indications prior to explosion of pending disaster reviewed; Soviet rejection of United States offer to help mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings, John McWethy) Chernobyl's current status discussed.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Soviet version of accident offered public here examined; scenes shown. Details outlined on screen. [USSR amb. to Great Britain Leonid ZAMYATIN - claims area has been stabilized.] Zamyatin mentioned meeting with Prime Min. Margaret Thatcher. [United States embassy spokesperson Miroslav WERNER - advises Americans against travel to Kiev environs.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Bialystok, Poland: David Ensor) Polish authorities' concern over radioactive fallout examined; scenes shown. [WOMAN - (thru translator) doesn't believe truth has been told public.] Implications for cntry.'s food and water supply considered.

(Stockholm, Sweden: Mike Lee) Sweden's continued monitoring of radioactive fallout examined; scenes shown. [OFFICIAL - notes discovery of contaminated milk in mothers and farm animals.] [Energy department minister Rolf ANNERBERG - notes USSR promised to keep them better informed in the future.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) British and West German home secys. reported criticizing USSR 's failure to release full info.; details given, scenes shown. Upcoming items announced. Item recapped at end of broadcast

Reporter(s):
Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter;
Lee, Mike;
McWethy, John;
Rodgers, Walter
Duration:
00:10:50

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