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Nuclear Plant Safety / French Nuclear Dvt. #493904

NBC Evening News for Thursday, May 05, 1977
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(Studio) House hearing is held with regard to security of nuclear power plants.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(DC) General Accounting Office report last month says nuclear plants' security is inadequate. Today, head of plant security says security has been incrd. and plants safe. [Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesperson Edson CASE - says levels to be required, and soon to be reached, are more than sufficient to safeguard against terrorist activity.] People from industry and government disagree. [GAO spokesperson Monte CANFIELD, Junior - says there's no assurance any plant could withstand threat at NRC's minimum levels.] [Combustion Engineering, Incorporated spokesperson Frank BEVILAQUA - notes possibilities for sabotage by small groups.] There's been no sabotage and no threats known, but committee is alarmed by testimony.
REPORTER: Charles Rose

(Studio) Carter administration opposes breeder reactors because of danger of plutonium use in nuclear weapons. France and West Germany see big world mkts. for such nuclear plants. France announces its atomic energy agency has developed way to produce fuel for nuclear plants, which can't be used for weapons. Details to come later in week
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Rose, Charles

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