ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 21, 1991
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.
(From the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state: Bettina Gregory) Fate of whistle-blowers who went public about safety problems at the nuclear weapons facility in Hanford, WA, examined; scenes shown from Hanford Nuclear Reservation site. [Two years ago, Energy Secretary James WATKINS - says whistle-blowers should be applauded.] [National security expert Gary LEKVOLD - comments.] Several cases in which whistle-blowers raised safety issues outlined. [Whistle-blower engineer Inez AUSTIN - says her action was seen as a failure to do what she was told.] [Whistle-blower senior safety engineer Sonya ANDERSON - accuses Westinghouse of fraud.] [Former guard Steven ROACH - talks about being exposed to the chemical nitrous oxide.] Survival of mind set that anyone interfering with plutonium production is threatening national security explained. [Whistle-blowers' lawyer Tom CARPENTER - says his clients are being harassed.] Response from Westinghouse Hanford Company outlined on screen. Devastating nuclear contamination from Hanford reiterated.
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