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Government Open-Air Nuclear Tests / Utah Cancer Rates #255583

CBS Evening News for Monday, Nov 20, 1978
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(Studio) Utah Governor Scott Matheson's plans to meet with Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Joseph Califano to request government release of classified public health reports on any linkage between above-ground nuclear testing that ended in 1962 and UT cancer rate reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Salt Lake City, UT) Govt.'s above-ground nuclear tests in Nevada between 1951-62 noted; film shown. Winds carrying of fallout over southwest Utah noted. Area residents' claims that there is higher rate of cancer there and it's due to radioactive fallout from tests stated; lawsuits against government reported Young Michelle Garner's death of leukemia and her brother Scott's questioning of parents about own health given as example [Victim's father Ron GARNER - says own family and wife were here during test days. Is convinced that they might have disease in future.] [UT Governor Scott MATHESON - says there's incomplete picture with regard to cancer rates in area and only way to get information is to pressure administration to release it.] Matheson's son reported to have spent' part of childhood in testing area during those years Town of Saint George, UT, mentioned.
REPORTER: Miriam Bjierre

Bjierre, Miriam;
Mudd, Roger

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