ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 23, 1976
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(Studio) Last Saturday small tube fails in cooling system of nuclear power plant in Hanford, WA; 60,000 gals. radioactive water dumped into river. Considered small accident, but it's second in 4 mos. Last accident detailed.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Browns Ferry, Alabama) Browns Ferry nuclear plant accident reviewed. Film of accident shown. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission Bernard RUSCHE - says primary and secondary back-up cables should not have been so arranged. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) or their contractors goofed.] [Executive director, Union of Concerned Scientists, Daniel FORD - says real story of Browns Ferry is that government knew nuclear plant in violation of its safety requirements.] Results of Browns Ferry accident discussed. [RUSCHE - denies regulatory commission in bed with industry] [FORD - says regulatory commission doesn't act as Congress intended.] Argument revolves around safety of nuclear power. [RUSCHE - says nuclear plants are safe or they'd be shut down.] Many safety precautions just now being taken that should have been used years ago; nuclear power may not be econ. feasible.
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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