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1970 Nuclear Explosion Accident and Lawsuits / Film Released #249297

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 05, 1977
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(Studio) Govt. faces lawsuits as result of nuclear explosion in 1970, supposed to be underground, but wasn't. Because of lawsuits, film of explosion has been declassified.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) (Department of Energy film shown.) Details of test, at site north of Las Vegas, NV, noted; after explosion caused fissure in ground and radioactive cloud spread over 13 West states, government conducted probe. At end of study, investigators reported that no test site workers had been exposed to radiation above federal standards. However, several workers at site and widow of site guard who died of leukemia filed suit against government, chging. workers poorly protected during test and inadequately treated after it. Energy Department officials refuse comment on suits, but say some safety procedures were revised after accident.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

Cronkite, Walter;
Roth, Richard

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