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American Agenda (Environment: Nuclear Weapons Waste) #120422

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 05, 1989
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Carlsbad, New Mexico: Barry Serafin) Problem of disposal of radioactive waste from nuclear weapons featured; scenes shown from the Energy Department's Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), a man-made hole in the ground in New Mexico; details given of question of whether or not (WIPP) can be operated safely. [Representative Mike SYNAR - says (WIPP) has cut corners with patchwork solutions.] Explanation of how storage facility is to work outlined and shown. [Geophysicist Wendell WERT - comments.] [SW Research Info. Center's Don HANCOCK - discusses contamination possibilities.] Reaction of city of Carlsbad, New Mexico, to plant site detailed. [Mayor Bob FORREST - comments on project.] [HANCOCK - criticizes Energy Department's handling of project.] Energy Department's proposals for temporary storage of waste noted; map shown. [New Mexico Governor Garrey CARRUTHERS - comments.]

Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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