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Nuclear Plants / Pennsylvania Accident #263488

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 03, 1979
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(Studio) NRC, Morris Udall, Senator Gary Hart quoted with regard to gas bubble elimination and cleanup efforts.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Middletown, Pennsylvania) Decr. in danger of hydrogen explosion due to gas bubble elimination detailed; diagrams shown. Danger from radiation outlined. [NRC spokesperson Harold DENTON - comments on situation with regard to instruments.] Return of some evacuees to area cited. [Anne SPRING - comments with regard to returning.] Inability to determine time before complete shutdown possible stated.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Returning evacuees said not to include pregnant women and preschool children; details given. Schools said reopening. Amt. of radiation recd. by residents of area compared to that of Denver residents. Utility spokesperson quoted with regard to economics of cleanup effort.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Middletown, Pennsylvania) Options afforded plant owners with regard to future operations stated. [NRC spokesperson Robert BERNERO - speculates turning reactor into mausoleum.] Enrico Fermi breeder reactor near Detroit featured as example of closed nuclear station; details given. Future of Three Mile Island plant said to be determined by condition of reactor core; details given, diagrams shown. Possibility of dumping water after decontamination into Susquehanna River stated. Plant said to take 1 - 2 years for full decontamination.
REPORTER: Diane Sawyer

Cronkite, Walter;
Sawyer, Diane;
Shepard, Gary

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