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NBC Evening News for Friday, Mar 30, 1979
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(Studio) President Carter quoted with regard to Pennsylvania nuclear power plant accident in relationship to present rules governing nuclear energy.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Energy Secretary James Schlesinger's Congress testimony today with regard to Pennsylvania nuclear accident cited as given without knowledge of most recent radiation leak. [SCHLESINGER - says risk to population in vicinity of plant is limited and that population agrees.] Schlesinger quoted re: difficulty in selling safety of nuclear plants to Congress after latest news with regard to incrd. leakage. [SCHLESINGER - comments.] Unlikelihood of Pres Carter stressing nuclear energy in energy speech next week noted.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell

(DC) Effect of Pennsylvania accident on nuclear energy as power source examined. [Senator Richard SCHWEICKER - comments.] [Senator Henry JACKSON - comments.] Construction of plants in Harrisburg and 6 other states by Babcock and Wilcox noted; company spokesperson quoted with regard to safety checks in other plants. [Senator Gary HART - comments.] Call for moratorium on new plants by Senator Mike Gravel said endorsed by Ralph Nader; Nader quoted.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit

(Studio) Report issued today with regard to state and federal government's unpreparedness to deal with nuclear accidents quoted.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) Proliferation of nuclear facilities in United States cited. General Accounting Office report quoted with regard to government inability to deal with nuclear accidents; Pennsylvania noted as one of states that is prepared. Criticism of NRC licensing and federal government's inability to deal with accident stated. Official lack of education of public with regard to actions in event of accident as well as risk level involved in living near facilities stated.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

(Studio) Special, "Crisis at Three Mile Island," to be shown tonight.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brinkley, David;
Chancellor, John;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Pettit, Tom;
Simpson, Carole

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