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Nuclear Plant / Pennsylvania Accident #503524

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 30, 1979
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(Studio) Difficulties in cooling reactor core said basis of evacuation of pregnant women and preschool children; details given. Present situation with regard to xenon gas trapped in reactor outlined; diagrams shown.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Bethesda, Maryland) Details given with regard to necessary future actions mandatory for cooling reactor core and risks involved with regard to gas bubble expansion, with resulting meltdown. [NRC spokesperson Brian GRIMES - says conditions stable at present.] [NRC spokesperson Dudley THOMPSON - comments with regard to term "meltdown."] Possibility of meltdown said small; extent of damage to nuclear core stated.

(Studio) Concept of meltdown explained; diagrams shown. Authorities opinion with regard to unlikelihood of meltdown quoted.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Kur, Bob

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