CBS Evening News for Friday, Aug 03, 1973
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(Studio) In Spokane, WA, 4 environmental groups file suit to force Atomic Energy Commission to change radioactive disposal practices at Hanford atomic reservation.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Hanford, WA) Atomic Energy Commission produces uranium here. Waste products dangerously radioactive, and leaks in recent years cause grave concern. Soil samples show nuclear contaminants. Worry over wastes getting to Columbia River, needed for drinking water, irrigation and fish life. Atomic Energy Commission uses computers to determine leaks and position of leaks. Critics say danger may be closer at hand. Atomic Energy Commission blames ARCO oil company for nuclear seepage. Atomic Energy Commission and ARCO say oversights won't happen again. Environmental Protection Agency studies data from AEC. Atomic Energy Commission attacked by national resources defense cnsl. Lawyers and environmentalists demand closer EPA supervision over Atomic Energy Commission waste disposal practices. [National resources deft council Terry LASH - says low levels of radiation can cause cancer, mutations.] Wastes stored in Hanford so concentrated that nuclear reaction could occur. Atomic Energy Commission admits it could happen, but it's remote possibility. Environmentalists want right to check on Atomic Energy Commission to be sure.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater
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