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Nuclear Plants / Three Mile Island #263829

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 17, 1979
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(Studio) Apparent halt to president commission investigation of Three Mile Island nuclear plant accident due to lack of power to subpoena witnesses and take sworn testimony reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Middletown, Pennsylvania) [Chairperson John KEMENY - calls meeting to order.] Presence of Pennsylvania governor along with witnesses noted. [KEMENY - recalls problems met in dealing with executive branch and Congress; says has gotten through to White House every time.] Cancellation of Friday session and commission tour of power plant reported Films shown. Senator approval of necessary legislature and expected House vote Monday noted. Cmsn.'s tour outlined, shown. Radiation received during tour compared with that received during chest x-ray. Kemeny quoted.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Issuance of NRC's 1st formal report on its investigation of Three Mile Island noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Major pts. of report examined. [NRC chief investigator Robert MARTIN - recalls control room actions.] Disbelief of instruments with regard to indications of hydrogen explosion within reactor reported [MARTIN - comments.] Difficulty experienced by power plant operators in trying to notify NRC of accident detailed.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Mudd, Roger;
Schakne, Robert;
Shepard, Gary

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