CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 20, 1983
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(Studio) Supreme Court decision on states' right to ban new nuclear power plants reported.
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Los Angeles, California) Background to California's suit heard by court examined; films shown courtesy South California Edison Company [Legis. author Bruce NASTANDI - notes state's law focuses on nuclear waste disposal, not plants.] Law's impact on new California plants noted; Court `s ruling outlined on screen. [Jerry BROWN - feels vindicated.] Reaction of Pacific Gas and Elec. noted. [Pacific spokesperson Dick DIVAN - recalls President Reagan ordering federal nuclear waste program.]
REPORTER: Jerry Bowen
(DC) Implications of Supreme Court decision for nuclear power industry examined. [Harvard law Prof. Laurence TRIBE - notes impact of court ruling.] States already having laws restricting future nuclear power plant construction, and upheld by today's ruling, listed; issue of power plants under construction but not completed noted. [Atomic Energy Forum spokesperson Paul TURNER - thinks future plants won't necessarily be affected.] Current status of new nuclear power plants mentioned.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne
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