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Nuclear Plant / Pennsylvania Accident #503494

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 29, 1979
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(Studio) Cooling of Three Mile Is nuclear power plant reported Radiation level inside plant today stated; situation at Goldsboro, Pennsylvania, cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Govt. radiation monitoring and steps taken to lower radiation levels at plant reported Films shown Nuclear Regulatory Cmsn. testing of air, water and vegetation of area noted. Radiation level reported; EPA noted [Middletown Mayor Robert REID - notes conflicting answers to questions.] Company spokesperson quoted with regard to safety of surrounding communities [University of Pittsburgh Dr. Ernest STERNGLASS - cites danger to pregnant women and others.] Briefing of Senator and Congress at plant site said adding to confusion [Sen John HEINZ - says radiation levels below danger standard.] Nuclear power plant maintenance specialist quoted with regard to Three Mile Island safety violations. [MAN - talks about ease of entering plant after accident; says wouldn't work at Three Mile Island plant.]

(Studio) Explanation of nuclear power production detailed; diagrams shown. Accident at Three Mile Island examined.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Studio) Congress criticism of accident said to result in hearing
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) NRC monitoring of situation noted; chairperson Joseph Hendrie quoted re: seriousness of accident. [HENDRIE - comments.] Questions with regard to causes of accident examined. [NRC Darrell EISENHUT - notes possibility of human error; details given.] Hendrie quoted with regard to catastrophic implications of accident. [Representative James WEAVER - asks about core meltdown; mentions movie "China Syndrome."] [HENDRIE - responds to Weaver's questions.] Special investigative team said set up by NRC; congress investigation cited.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace

(Studio) Possibility of accident caused by human error and plant safety systems considered.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Kur, Bob;
Wallace, Chris

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