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Nuclear Plant / Pennsylvania Accident #262904

CBS Evening News for Saturday, Mar 31, 1979
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(Studio) Danger at Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, nuclear plant said still not ended.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(DC) NRC statement that condition at nuclear plant is as risky today as yesterday given. [NRC chairperson Dr. Joseph HENDRIE - speaks about possible evacuation.] [NRC Deputy Director Edson CASE - describes the dangers of meltdown and explosion at plant.] Union of Concerned Scientists reported to favor evacuation now.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

(Studio) Company officials reported to have argued crisis had ended. Govt. investigators said to disagree.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Middle town, Pennsylvania) Release of radioactive xenon gas into atmosphere noted. [Metropolitan Edison vice president Jack HEREEIN - says gas bubble has been reduced and crisis passed.] [NRC spokesperson Dr. Harold DENTON - disputes company claims.] NRC said to have taken control of operations at Three Mile Island.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Article in locally newspaper and fiction with regard to disaster at Three Mile Island plant cited.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Hershey, Pennsylvania) Towns near plant said partially evacuated. [Evelyn HINKLE - states her belief that authorities will tell them to evacuate when it is necessary.] [Rachel MIHALCIK - talks about her preparations to evacuate.] Evacuees shown. [Barbara BOYER - describes evacuation ctr.] [Unidentified WOMAN - is homesick.] [Pennsylvania gov Richard THORNBURGH - comments on courage of area residents.] Company insurance said to provide funds for those forced to evacuate.
REPORTER: Richard Wagner

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Railroad House Bar, two miles from Three Mile Island plant, shown. [Plant worker Ken BRYAN - discusses plant's ability to control the situation.] [Worker Michael John RUDY - speaks of concern about long term effects of radiation.] [Former worker Richard LOWSON - comments.] Possible layoffs resulting from accident noted.
REPORTER: Jim Kilpatrick

(Studio) NRC hotline telephone number for those seeking information about accident shown on screen.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

Reporter(s):
Kilpatrick, Jim;
Schieffer, Bob;
Schakne, Robert;
Shepard, Gary;
Wagner, Richard
Duration:
00:09:50

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