CBS Evening News for Monday, Mar 21, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Report introduced.
(Bay City, Texas: Bob McNamara) South Texas nuclear project in Bay City, Texas, featured; details given, scenes shown. [Nuclear power consultant Edna OTTNEY - says plant likely to have accident.] [Ex-plant WORKER - says wouldn't live within one hundred miles of plant.] Alleged management corruption and safety violations discussed. [Ex-plant worker John CORDER - says saw many mistakes during construction.] [Texas consumer advocate Tom SMITH - comments on plant's problems.] Corder reported being one of many ex- plant workers who were harassed or fired for citing safety violations. [CORDER - says what was wrong should have been corrected.] [OTTNEY - comments on hundreds of allegations filed by ex-plant workers.] Leading plant utility, Houston Lighting and Power, noted refusing to respond to allegations. Major contractor, Bechtel, reported also refusing to comment on allegations. NRC reported declaring plant safe and licensing its operation. [NRC SPOKESPERSON - says is satisfied with plant's safety.] Technicians noted practicing for nuclear emergencies; critics noted asserting technicians better be prepared for crisis.