CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 24, 1978
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(Studio) Pentagon search for persons who may have been exposed to radiation in witnessing atomic blasts noted. Report on new study showing possible exposure to radiation of New Hampshire shipyard workers who worked on nuclear submarines.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Portsmouth, New Hampshire) Film shown. Rptd. accident with 1st United States nuclear sub, Nautilus, at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard detailed. [Retired shipyard worker Roland BELHUMEUR - is only one left; rest who worked with him are dead: 1 of natural causes, 2 with leukemia and one with cancer.] "Boston Globe" reports on study of workers who have died since 1959 detailed. [Dr. Thomas NAJARIAN - cites beliefs with regard to potential radiation hazards at shipyard.] Navy's refusal to release names of workers exposed to radiation to Najarian noted. [NAJARIAN - states Navy resPonse to request.] [Senator Thomas McINTYRE - cites unclear reports on matter from Navy and HEW.] [Shipyard WORKER - thinks more study needed.] [2nd shipyard WORKER - thinks study wrong.] Concerns about potential risks at other nuclear shipyards around country noted.
REPORTER: Steve Young
(DC) Navy reaction to "Boston Globe" story and to report detailed. [Admin. officer Captain Ray JONES - states Navy position.] Navy denials of hiding facts from "Globe", on grounds that to reveal personal records would violate Federal Privacy Act, reported Navy's lack of own study on radioactive exposure, request to Energy Department to also investigate and House hearings on matter noted.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas