CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 05, 1978
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(Studio) Request by organization of state legislature to Congress noted that would pass law allowing state to veto federal government plan to dump nuclear waste within its borders; support for law by Senator Pete Domenici of NM, whose state was picked by government as 1st site, mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Carlsbad, NM) Examination of controversy caused by government plans for storing nuclear waste. Department of Energy film shown. [Department spokesperson Del DAVIS - notes that those assocd. with project feel that it's very safe.] Project is called WIPP for Waste Isolation Pilot Plan. Initial reaction of Carlsbad, NM, residents to government plan and present one, after government recommendation to expand program, detailed. [Newspaper publisher Ned CANTWELL - states that newspaper had been saying one thing for 5 years and now has to report that it's been deceived in some manner.] [Carlsbad citizens group spokesperson Roxanne KARTCHNER - says government can't guarantee that disposal method will be safe for future generations.] [Senator Harrison SCHMITT - thinks New Mexico must set up concurrence mechanism of some kind in this issue.] Upcoming Energy Department hearings in New Mexico noted.
REPORTER: Eric Engberg