CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 30, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) President Reagan reported expressing regrets to Mikhail Gorbachev regarding Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident while trying to assure American public of safety of United States plants.
(Bali, Indonesia: Lesley Stahl) Reagan's handling of USSR disaster described; White House photograph shown. [Chief of staff Don. REGAN - criticizes Soviet failure to warn world.] [Press spokesperson Larry SPEAKES - claims such accident cannot happen in US.] [REGAN - defs. nuclear power in general] Admin.'s effort to politically exploit situation described.
(NYC: Bob Schieffer) Revival of anti-nuclear movement with Chernobyl accident examined; scenes shown. [Georgia RESIDENT - cites confusion in practice evacuation drill for nearby nuclear power plant.] No. nuclear reactors near New York City and size of population involved noted. [Nuclear power critic Warren LIEBOLD - claims emergency procedures themselves indicate nuclear plant safety failures.] New York state officials' refusal to participate in federal emergency escape drills discussed. [Former emergency official Frank PETRONE - claims federal government cannot protect anyone.] Probable long- term impact of Soviet disaster on United States nuclear system noted.
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