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USSR / Nuclear Reactor #102586

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 02, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Current status of Chernobyl, USSR , nuclear power plant accident as described by Moscow communist party chief Boris Yeltsin outlined.

(DC: Steve Shepard) Reagan administration's criticism of Soviet's secrecy about disaster noted. [Vice President George BUSH - considers their failure to provide West information unacceptable.] Soviet reticence noted underlying West's general disbelief in USSR casualty figs. [NRC spokesperson Harold DENTON - cites inability to determine accurate casualty rate.] Current situation in E. and West Europe, as well as USSR , from radioactive fallout, described, indicated on map. [State Department spokesperson Charles REDMAN - advises against women of child-bearing age and children traveling to Poland.] Radiation level in Poland examined;; scenes shown. Romania's state of emergency mentioned. [EPA administration Lee THOMAS - dismisses any danger to United States from fallout.] EPA's calculation of radiation levels at Chernobyl at one point mentioned.

(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) USSR criticism of West's coverage of Chernobyl disaster noted; shutdown of large number Soviet nuclear reactors discussed. [TOURIST - thinks incident was exploited by West press.] British government noted ordering its students out of USSR ; level of radiation detected on them upon arrival in West cited. USSR criticism of United States and Japan nuclear power programs mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Mikhail Gorbachev reported criticizing United States nuclear testing.

Jennings, Peter;
Rodgers, Walter;
Shepard, Steve

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