CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 16, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Aiken, SC) Controversy over government `s desire to reopen reactor here which formerly produced plutonium and tritium for atomic bombs examined; plant's background recalled, films shown. [Energy Department spokesperson Troy WADE - presents government `s case.] Concern in region of safety factor of 4 government reactors producing plutonium at Savannah River complex due to their ages and lack of safety regulations and standards noted. [Farmer J.S. McMILLEN - claims government is violating all environmental laws with plants.] Govt., with state's permission, noted violating Clean Water Act daily; details explained, shown. [WADE - denies relevant environmental is endangered.] [Senator Mack MATTINGLY - notes Environmental Protection Agency crackdown on private nuclear plant committing same violations.] [Richland county supervise Jack PADGETT - recalls reactor's safety record.] Defense of plant by government and prime contractor Dupont outlined. [Aiken busman. Lionel SMITH - notes economy imp. of plant to town.] Georgia officials reported discovering radioactive tritium from South Carolina plant in its drinking water; critics mentioned suing government to impose environmental controls immediately. [Environment Frances HART - wants cost of maintaining environment paid.] Defense Department's reaction discussed.
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews