NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 28, 1979
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(Studio) Details given with regard to nuclear power plant accident near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; radioactive steam said to have escaped into atmosphere. Possible contamination of some workers and closing of plant cited.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania) Accident at Three Mile Island nuclear plant detailed; films shown. Officials quoted with regard to employee exposure to radioactive steam. [Vice President Metropolitan Edison Jack HERBEIN - talks about contamination.] [State nuclear engineer William DORNSIFE - explains radiation detection in humans.] Distribution of pocket gauges to employees for monitoring radiation levels and radiation detected mile away from plant stated. [Employee Dale REID - comments.] Officials said to continue monitoring radiation; plant to remain closed indefinitely.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington
(Goldsboro, Pennsylvania) Location of Goldsboro, Pennsylvania, to plant cited; [Resident William WHITTOCK - describes explosion; says wildlife in area has decreased and metallic taste in air present since plant opened.] Confusion of residents with regard to feelings towards plant cited. [WOMEN - comment.]
REPORTER: Steve Delaney
(DC) Critical Mass Energy Project noted as Ralph Nader organization opposed to nuclear energy; group's claim that Three Mile Island nuclear plant has been plagued with problems since opening stated. Nuclear Regulatory Cmsn.'s monthly issuance of "gray book" detailing results of reactor inspections noted; results of Three Mile Island plant inspections detailed on screen. [Project dir Richard POLLOCK - comments on NRC reaction to deficits at Three Mile Island] NRC's response reported.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson