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Nuclear Power Plant / Accident #262819

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 28, 1979
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(Studio) Govt official quoted with regard to severity of accident in Pennsylvania nuclear power plant. Details given about radiation level in area.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Middletown, Pennsylvania) Details given about accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Films shown; escape of radioactive steam into atmosphere cited. Spokesperson quoted with regard to contamination of workers. Attempt by Metropolitan Edison officials to minimize seriousness of accident cited. [Metro. Edison spokesperson John HERBEIN - comments.] Questions remaining with regard to radiation danger listed. Nuclear Regulatory Cmsn said investigating; plant noted to remain closed until further notice.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Plant officials quoted with regard to accident; movie "China Syndrome" mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) NRC officials quoted with regard to radiation levels inside and outside the reactor building, continuing radiation leaks and concern with regard to rate of reactor cooling. Pennsylvania reactor and cooling system and accident today explained; diagrams shown. Catastrophic implications examined.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Cronkite, Walter;
Schakne, Robert;
Shepard, Gary

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