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Nuclear Safety / Congress / Accidents #487104

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 18, 1976
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(Studio) Congress Atomic Energy Committee hears about possible nuclear power reactor accidents. 3 G.E. nuclear engineers, who quit G.E. due to misgivings, testify.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) Engineers say major accident could occur before 2000 if safety of 57 nuclear power plants in United States not insured. [Ex-G.E. engineer Dale BRIDENBAUGH - says militaristic sort of system needed to insure safety.] [Senator John TUNNEY - asks if Bridenbaugh feels plants not safe now.] [BRIDENBAUGH - says plants not safe enough.] [TUNNEY - asks if plants ought to be closed.] [BRIDENBAUGH - says yes.] Chairperson Nuclear Regulatory Cmsn., William Anders, says charges serious but inaccurate. Promises report to committee Monday
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Engineers afraid of catastrophic accident that would kill many.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Browns Ferry, Alabama) Last year, flame from candle burned wires that caused failure in reactor's cooling system. Drawing shows plant in Vernon, VT, closed for 2 weeks recently due to safety device possibly being anchored improperly.
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Waterford, Connecticut) At N.E. Utilities Millstone plant #1, radioactive steam from reactor burst pipe in condenser. Workmen scraped up acre of contaminated ground. Critics fear catastrophic accident. Chart shows how such accident could occur. [Millstone supt., Wesley HAPTLY - says no possibility of such an accident.] [Resident Mrs. Gloria McCUTCHENON - says getting eerie feeling (with regard to possible accident.)]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

Chancellor, John;
Hager, Robert;
Simpson, Carole

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