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American Agenda (Medicine: Nuclear Radiation) #133654

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 19, 1991
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(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(Washington: George Strait) Findings of research published in the "Journal of the American Medical Association" about the effect of nuclear radiation on the industry's workers at government labs in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, examined; various scenes shown. [University of North Carolina Dr. Steven WING - says there may be more risks than previously thought.] Position of Energy Department, which sponsored the study, mentioned.

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Report introduced.

(At the Hanford Nuclear Reservation: Barry Serafin) Case of the nuclear plant in Hanford, WA, where workers and local residents were misled by the government about the exposure to radiation, featured; historical scenes shown from plant and nearby area. [Three former WORKERS - comment.] [Energy Department John KEATING, nuclear chemist and physician Dr. John GOFMAN - talk about government's actions.] [Hanford Downwinders Coalition Judith JURJI - says residents were told it was safe.] [WOMAN, GOFMAN, "downwinder" Tom BAILEY - comment on cancer risk.] Process of contamination from radioactive iodine explained. ["Downwinder" Alan McAFEE - comments on family's thyroid problems.] Nature of lawsuits growing out of issue outlined. [Representative Mike SYNAR - says this case must be handled.]

(Studio: Ted Koppel) Tomorrow's segment on Hanford previewed.

Koppel, Ted;
Serafin, Barry;
Strait, George

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