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Arizona / Tritium #266495

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 27, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tucson, Arizona) National Guard's takeover of American Atomics Corporation plant for purpose disposing of radioactive tritium examined; films shown. Plant's closing in June amid reports of leaks recalled. Arizona governor said seizing facility when he was convinced deadline given American Atomics for removal of substance wouldn't be met. Conflicting positions with regard to safety of removal Procedures, with inexperienced Guardsmen rather than company personnel, outlined. [Am Atomics safety ofr. David DUKE - says it's like loosing bull in china shop.] Defense of operation by state officials noted. [Arizona Atomic Energy Cmsn spokesperson Darrell WARREN - comments.] Contamination of school kitchen recalled; food noted buried. [Mary VALENZUELA - discusses her house in Proximity to plant.] Tritium said being trucked to desert Army depot
REPORTER: Barry Petersen

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Petersen, Barry
Duration:
00:02:00

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