NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 30, 1978
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(Studio) United States atomic bomb test on Bikini Atoll in Pacific Ocean and present plans to evacuate residents because radioactivity has been discovered still active there noted. Effects of those early tests on others than residents reported.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Charlotte, North Carolina) Details given about situation of retired Navy commander Ross Pennington, who was exposed to dangerous levels of radiation after atomic tests in Pacific in 1950's and is now dying of leukemia. [PENNINGTON - thinks best possible known precautions were taken, but people make mistakes.] Pennington's health problems at time of retirement from Navy, after having participated in several atomic bomb tests and one hydrogen bomb test, listed. His work in Charlotte, North Carolina, noted. Discovery of leukemia and physicians' belief that it was caused by exposure to radiation stated. [PENNINGTON - describes feelings about situation.] Films and photos shown; Pennington's ship mentioned.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson