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Nuclear Waste Dumps #260704

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 23, 1979
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(Studio) Nevada Governor Robert List reported ordering shutdown of radioactive waste dump near Beatty, NV.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Carson City, NV) Nevada dump recalled shut down several times in past year; gov.'s actions, in effort to close dump permanently, said coming after discovery of radioactive waste buried outside dump site. Films shown. [LIST - blames government and company for carelessness and lack of concern.] Purpose of Nevada facility, one of only 3 in nation, cited; operator, Nuclear Engineering of Louisville, said blaming former operators. Details given. Same company noted operating dump at Hanford, WA, temporarily closed while state investigates defective packaging on trucks carrying waste into state. Most immediate impact of shutdowns said on hospitals using radiation treatments; details given. [PHYSICIAN - comments on severity of situation.] Demands by govs. of Washington and Nevada outlined.
REPORTER: Harold Dow

(Columbia, SC) Barnwell, SC, dump said nation's busiest; South Carolina Governor Rich Riley said incrd. radioactive waste shipments, due to shutdown of other 2 dump sites, won't be permitted in SC. [RILEY - comments.] Percentage of cntry.'s nuclear waste already going to Barnwell noted; Riley said beginning systematic reduction in amount of waste South Carolina will accept in attempt to force government into establishing localized dump sites. [RILEY - notes unfairness of 2 states bearing ntl burden.
REPORTER: John Sheahan

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Dow, Harold;
Sheahan, John
Duration:
00:03:30

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