ABC Evening News for Friday, May 02, 1986
View other clips in this broadcast →
Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.
(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.
Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.
Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:
If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.