CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 28, 1980
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(Studio) Three Mile Island accident year ago today recalled; demonstrations at Three Mile Island, Parsippany, New Jersey, and elsewhere noted. Films shown.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Alexandria, Virginia) Beginning of nuclear energy program recalled; Ike Eisenhower and Atomic Energy Commission mentioned; film shown. No. of commercially licensed nuclear plants and amount of nation's nuclear power supplied by them noted; map shown. Current status of planned nuclear plants outlined on screen; impact of Three Mile Island on industry considered. Reasons for industry slowdown listed on screen; possible conversion of partially built nuclear reactors to coalburning plants by Virginia Elec. Power Company and Midland, Michigan, power plant's cost overruns cited as exs. of situation. Details given. [Duke Power Company president William LEE - comments.] predicted number of nuclear power plants in operation by turn of century noted. United States said having surplus of election power at present.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
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