CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 12, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced
(Gore, OK) Kerr-McGee chemical gas leak at plant here last year and leak's potential for replicating Bhopal, India, tragedy examined; detail of incident and company's emergency response plan reviewed. [SHERIFF - recalls Kerr-McGee's lack of information at the time.] [Cnty. civil defense chief Don STEWART - agrees company didn't inform them of gas involved.] No. hydrofluoric acid leaks at Kerr-McGee plants nationwide indicated on map. [SHERIFF, police chief Jerry FIELDS - are unaware of any emergency response plan.] [Radiological defense ofr. Arthur MATTHEWS - thinks plan got lost somewhere.] Plan said in public library. [Kerr-McGee spokesperson Robert LUKE - claims emergency procedure was instituted immediately.] Nuclear Regulatory Cmsn.'s emergency telephone number said wrong; details given. [NRC safety director Richard CUNNINGHAM - can't explain error.] NRC's similar erroneous listing of emergency radiological service telephone number in Albuquerque, New Mexico, detailed. [CUNNINGHAM - claims emergency NRC office in Texas is manned 24 hrs. a day.] [Voice of Texas office answering MACHINE - announces office's working hrs.] [Representative Mike SYNAR - criticizes situation.] Death of James Harrison in Gore leak noted.