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Special Assignment (Chernobyl Disaster and United States Nuclear Industry) #102933

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 08, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Franklin Cnty., WA: Gary Shepard) Implications of Chernobyl, USSR , nuclear power plant disaster for Hanford, WA, facility and environs explained, discussed; plant noted responsible for construction of atomic bomb used on Nagasaki, Japan. Hanford's current role in United States defense and similarity in its design with that at Chernobyl cited. [Farmer Allan McAFFEE - feels unable to trust Energy Department due to its past claims of safety here.] Hanford's radiation leaks into environmental since its construction compared to that during Three Mile Island accident. [Nuclear Radiation Center spokesperson Dr. Roy FILBY - notes Hanford has had largest documented radiation releases in industry's history outside of communist bloc.] December 1949 release cited as example; details given. Discovery that plant's officials purposely kept information on its releases from public noted. [Farmer Tom BAILIE - notes his and others' vulnerability.] Cancer occurrences in region described. [BAILIE - lists cancer incidents nearby.] [Hanford plant manager Mike LAWRENCE - defs. keeping information from public.] [Environment Policy Institution spokesperson Robert ALVAREZ - responds.]

Jennings, Peter;
Shepard, Gary

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