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Segment 3 (Bikini Atoll) #500652

NBC Evening News for Friday, Sep 15, 1978
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(Studio) Govt.'s atomic bomb tests on Bikini Atoll after World War II noted. Problems that residents have had since that time is subject of report

(Rongerik Atoll) Govt.'s pledges to Bikinians about return to atoll after atomic tests were over stated. Films shown and tests described. One called Bravo mentioned; radiation contamination from Bravo on Bikini and other atolls noted. Effects of contamination described. President Lyndon Johnson's announcement that island was safe, in 1969, and Bikinians' return reported Contd. effects of contamination and declaration of atoll as unsafe this year stated. [Department of Energy spokesperson Roger RAY - says it's possible that in foreseeable future no solution to Bikini situation may be found.] Bikinians' removal to Rongerik Island, where many who didn't return live, reported; their concern about life on island in fall and winter described. Govt.'s promise to find Bikinians permanent home cited. [Johnny JOHNSON - says Bikinians sacrificed land for American government Believes government will do same for them.] Disbelief of others noted.
REPORTER: Jim Upshaw

Hart, John;
Upshaw, Jim

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