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Seafarer Project / Michigan Issue #246003

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 18, 1976
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(Studio) Report on Navy communications system called Seafarer.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Michigan) Navy hopes to place its project in Michigan. project involves communication system with submarine fleet. Seafarer described. [Anti-Seafarer leader Dr. Don YERG - says people concerned about land; being nuclear target; evtl. distruction; and health hazard.] [Project manager Seafarer USN Captain Charles POLLAK - notes Navy studies showing safety of Seafarer.] 1969 public protests forced Navy to forego Seafarer plans for WI. Michigan protest groups organized Referendum on project to be on ballot in 5 counties. Referendum is not binding. Navy asks National Academy of Sciences to review findings. [NAS Dr. J. Woodland HASTINGS - cites unknowns with regard to Seafarer plan.] Sites in Nevada and New Mexico being considered. Michigan Governor William Milliken asks Navy for environmental impact study. Voters expected to reject Seafarer. Milliken to rule next year
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike

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