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Pennsylvania Nuclear Plant Accident / Conflicting Reports #503525

NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 30, 1979
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(Studio) Conflicting reports with regard to extent of danger involved in Pennsylvania nuclear plant accident since Wednesday cited. Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh's evacuation order for pregnant women and preschool children noted
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania) Attempts to cool down reactor said aggravated by heat within plant and escaping radioactive gases. Recent uncontrolled radioactive leak noted. Films shown. [NRC spokesperson E.C McCABE - says reactor not cooling down as expected.] Playing down of situation by NRC and Metropolitan Edison Company officials earlier stated. [Met. Edward spokesperson Jack HERBEIN - says plant under control.] Company officials' later concession re: release of radioactive materials into air for next 5 days cited.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan

(Middletown, Pennsylvania) Situation in Middletown, Pennsylvania, reported [Sound TRUCK - announces instructions.] Alert of 4-county area said ordered by Governor Richard Thornburgh; film shown. [RADIO - announces alert in 4 counties.] Paul and Shirley Yoder cited as example of frightened residents. Middletown preparations with regard to possible evacuation outlined. Checking of city by Civil Defense for radiation said to yield negative results. Chris Long's evacuation of daughter cited; [Brian WHITE - comments-on mother's taking him from school.] Dorenlaw, Steips and Whitmer families featured in response to evacuation fear; pregnancy of Mrs. Whitmer noted. Films shown. Rodney Waltinmeir quoted with regard to reason for staying. [Governor Richard THORNBURGH - advises evacuation of pregnant women and preschool children near Three Mile Is facility.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager

(Hershey, Pennsylvania) Partial evacuation advice said probable overreaction by state officials. Evacuee center at Hershey Sports Arena in Hershey, Pennsylvania, noted; films shown; Red Cross' preparations for evacuees cited. [WOMAN - entertains children.] [PEOPLE - react to situation.]
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington

Brinkley, David;
Hager, Robert;
Harrington, Gerald;
Rowan, Ford

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