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Nuclear Plants / Babcock and Wilcox #263384

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 25, 1979
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(Studio) NRC recommendation of immediate shutdown of Babcock and Wilcox-designed nuclear plants reported; B&W noted as firm responsible for Three Mile Island nuclear plant design. 5 B&W reactors said presently shutdown for maintenance or refueling reasons
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) NRC findings of potential for similar equipment failure such as that at Three Mile Island occurring in all Babcock and Wilcox reactors and inability of government or private industry to remedy situation immediately detailed; Harold Denton's recommendation of shutdown for B&W reactors remaining open cited as response to findings. [DENTON - notes lack of assurance with regard to safety of B&W plants.] Call for more information by chairperson Joseph Hendrie prior to shutdown, due to critical power situation created by plant closings, noted. [HENDRIE - comments on effect on public of such power curtailment.] Blackout aspect this summer considered.
REPORTER: Richard Roth

(Studio) 3 of 4 operating Babcock and Wilcox reactors reported in Oconee Cnty., SC.

(Oconee Nuclear Plant, SC) Effects of temporary closing of Oconee facility on area Duke Power Company serves examined. [Duke Power Company Bill LEE - considers rotating blackouts in event of shutdown and warm weather.] Structural failure at Oconee facility 4 years ago recalled. [Oconee plant spokesperson Ed SMITH - believes decision to close is emotional and political one.] Daily expense in event of shutdown and necessity for consumers to bear burden stated.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall

Cronkite, Walter;
Hall, Bruce;
Roth, Richard

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