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Radioactive Shipment Dangers #258897

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jul 24, 1978
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(Studio) Govt. study report on dangers of shipping radioactive matter thru urban areas noted. New York City and New London, Connecticut, bans on such shipments reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(NYC) Report on problems faced by Brookhaven National Lab., on Long Island, in disposing of spent radioactive cells from its nuclear reactor. Former shipment of cells to plutonium reprocessing plant in South Carolina noted. Bans on such shipments by cities at either end of Long Island and effect on shipments stated. [New York City Radiation Control Bureau spokesperson Leonard SOLON - cites health dangers of such shipments to public.] Blockage of Brookhaven's shipment to Connecticut from Orient Point by shipment ban in New Haven reported [New London Mayor Margaret CURTIN - states city's position on issue.] [Brookhaven spokesperson R. C. ANDERSON - says these shipments are safer than propane gas shipments.] Project for development of special containers for radioactive materials outlined. Sandia Lab film shown; successes in use of such containers as seen in North Carolina and Connecticut accidents reported Films shown. [Transnuclear, Incorporated, spokesperson Leo MACKLIN - can't guarantee there will never be rupture, but such highly improbable. Describes situation if such occurred.] Ralph Nader safety group Critical Mass mentioned. [Critical Mass director Richard POLLOCK - recalls Trans. Department study in early 1970's of radioactive material accidents and increase in them since.] Outlook noted.
REPORTER: Mitchell Krauss

Krauss, Mitchell;
Mudd, Roger

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