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USSR / Nuclear Accident #309644

CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 01, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Inability to determine status of Chernobyl, USSR , nuclear power plant accident noted.

(DC: David Martin) USSR embassy spokesperson Vitaly Churkin's appearance before Senate committee on Chernobyl disaster featured. [CHURKIN - claims radioactivity in region has declined; acknowledges crisis is still continuing.] [US Geological Survey spokesperson Alden COLVOCORESSES - interprets latest satellite photos of site.] [EPA administration Lee THOMAS - cites lack of confirmation regarding status of plant's fire.] [Secretary of State George SHULTZ - disputes Soviet's casualty rates.] Photos shown courtesy "Soviet Life" magazine [THOMAS - doubts 2nd meltdown has occurred.] [CHURKIN -agrees.] United States Air Force said monitoring radiation levels over North Pole while State Department has requested permission to send medical teams to check United States personnel in USSR and Poland.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Dr. Robert Gale, United States bone marrow specialist, said invited to exam Soviet victims; details given.

(Moscow, USSR : Wyatt Andrews) Kremlin's use of May Day festivities to deflect attention from Chernobyl featured; scenes shown. Evacuation of United States and British students and workers from Kiev region noted. [STUDENTS - criticize overreaction of some; deny danger exists in Kiev; resent evacuation.] Soviet media's coverage of accident described; details outlined on screen.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(Scituate, Massachusetts: Steve Young) [Soviet emigre Eugene DEMCHENKO - explains construction of nuclear power plant near major urban areas.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.

(DC: Bruce Morton) Implications of Chernobyl disaster for Mikhail Gorbachev's international image and economic policy goals examined. [Harvard spokesperson Marshall GOLDMAN - notes Soviet government's fear of public panic reminiscent of that which set off 1917 revolution.] Gorbachev's effort to create image of credibility reviewed; Soviet handling of Korean airliner downing and 1950s nuclear accident recalled. [Soviet exile Zhores MEDVEDEV - cites lack of openness, continued censorship in USSR .] [Representative Duncan HUNTER - considers USSR 's secrecy with own people the crime.] [CHURKIN - defs. silence.] [Senator Dan. MOYNIHAN - feels Gorbachev's system depends on secrecy versus President Reagan's dependence on communication.] NASA's handling of Challenger disaster mentioned.

(Studio: Dan Rather) Current radiation levels in Europe described, indicated on map. Austria's monitoring of radiation levels in food chain noted.

Reporter(s):
Andrews, Wyatt;
Martin, David;
Morton, Bruce;
Rather, Dan;
Young, Steve
Duration:
00:09:40

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