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Mexico / Radiation Accident #297927

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 07, 1984
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REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Juarez, Mexico) Circumstances surrounding radiation accident in Mexico involving destruction of cancer treatment radiation machine's core and inclusion of radioactive material in Mexican steel examined; incident said worse than Three Mile Island Implications for those exposed such as Pedro Torres and Vicente Sotelo noted; Sotelo's unconscious role in incident explained. [Dr. Karl HUBNER - considers accident worst in history.] [Scrap yard owner Roberto MOYA - describes contaminated steel's use.] Radiated steel noted shipped throughout United States and Mexico. Extent of Mexican public's exposure to radiation as result described; Dr. Juan Rauda's assessment mentioned. Physical problems appearing among those exposed outlined; reactions of various indivs. (named in report) noted. [HUBNER - cites delayed reaction of radiation exposure.] [Pan-American Health Org. spokesperson Herbert ORTEGA - questions system's breakdown allowing such accident.]

Dow, David;
Rather, Dan

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