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Carter / Nuclear Reactor and Reprocessing Ban #48454

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 07, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter defers development of nuclear breeder reactors and bans reprocessing of spent nuclear fuel; concern with regard to irresponsible groups obtaining such material noted.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Decision will affect both Barnwell, SC, and Clinch River, Tennessee, projects. (US government film shown.) Both types of projects produce plutonium. 1 of nuclear energy's critics, Dr. John Gofman, talks with reporter Tom Schell with regard to danger of plutonium proliferation. [GOFMAN - cites ease with which bomb can be made with plutonium, using simple chemistry.] Alternate government plans with regard to nuclear energy cited. Carter action results from talks with several world leaders, who said they'd help prevent plutonium spread if United States took stand 1st; is revealed that negotiations, which began with Vice President Mondale's world tour in January, can proceed.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry

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