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Washington / Wildfires #193004

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 29, 2000
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(Studio: Kevin Newman) Report introduced.

(Hanford, WA: Brian Rooney) The threat of wildfires in Washington state to Hanford Nuclear Reservation, where radioactive material is stored, featured; scenes shown of the flames. [Energy Department spokesperson Julie ERICKSON - downplays the concerns about radiation leaks or dangers.] [Resident Maxine EVANS, her SON-IN-LAW - describe what happened with the fast-moving fire.]

(Studio: Kevin Newman) Last month's fire at the Los Alamos National Laboratory recalled.

(No location given: Barry Serafin) The need for Energy Department preparations for emergencies examined in light of the two fires; details given of efforts to prevent radioactive runoffs at nuclear sites. [Former Energy Department official Robert ALVAREZ - says the department is not prepared for wildfires.] [Deputy Secretary of Energy T.J. GLAUTHIER - says we could do better.]

Newman, Kevin;
Rooney, Brian;
Serafin, Barry

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