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USSR / Nuclear Accident #310175

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 09, 1986
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Apparent status of Chernobyl, USSR , nuclear reactor disaster outlined.

(Moscow, USSR : Wyatt Andrews) International Atomic Energy Agency's analysis of accident featured. [IAEA spokesperson Hans BLIX - (thru translator) describes reactor's current status; denies meltdown.] [Reuters reporter Charles BREMNER - describes atmosphere in Kiev.] Precautions taken in Kiev mentioned. Questions remaining unanswered cited.

(DC: Eric Engberg) Feasibility of Soviet effort to entomb reactor in concrete and long-term implications of disaster discussed. [Rand Corporation spokesperson Ken. SOLOMON - notes world's inexperience in such matters.] [Environment Policy Institution spokesperson Robert ALVAREZ - cites risks to local food-growing regions.] [IAEA spokesperson Morris ROSEN - cites Soviet report of radiation levels emitted.] [Dr. Henry WAGNER - explains his skepticism on veracity of Soviet radiation figs.]

(Studio: Dan Rather) [BLIX - describes scene at Chernobyl.] USSR said agreeing to provide daily radiation readings; details given. Food and medical relief supplies reported leaving New York City for Poland.

(Warsaw, Poland: Bert Quint) Concern here over long-term impact of radioactive fallout on unborn fetus and children examined; remarks of several Poles (named) outlined. Econ. effect on Poland of Common Mkt.'s temporary ban on E. bloc food prods. considered.

(Studio: Dan Rather) France reported banning all fresh food from Soviet bloc countries immediately.

Andrews, Wyatt;
Engberg, Eric;
Quint, Bert;
Rather, Dan

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