NBC Evening News for Saturday, Mar 31, 1979
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(Studio) Situation in Middletown, Pennsylvania, site of nuclear accident Wednesday, said stable.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown
(Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania) Attempts to reduce size of hydrogen gas bubble in reactor and discrepancies between reports by federal and Metropolitan Edison. Company officials detailed [Metropolitan Edison Company vice president Jack HERBEIN - believes crisis over.] [NRC spokesperson Harold DENTON - believes crisis not over.] Possible dangers described.
REPORTER: Ford Rowan
(Studio) Procedure to cool reactor said intricate.
(Studio) Diagram of reactor and cooling system shown. Situation described; events leading to situation detailed.
REPORTER: Robert Bazell
(Studio) Chairperson of NRC Dr. Joseph Hendrie quoted with regard to evacuation possibility. [HENDRIE - describes area which would have to be evacuated.] Pennsylvania Governor Richard Thornburgh's statement that no evacuation is necessary given. Current status of evacuation of pregnant women and small children noted.
REPORTER: Hilary Brown
(Hershey, Pennsylvania) Evacuation center shown and described. [CHILD - likes evacuation center] [Donna WHAITE - speaks about fear.] Governor Thornburgh, Lieutenant Governor William Scranton shown visiting the center Metropolitan Edison's insurance underwriters said providing money for evacuees to relocate.
REPORTER: Jim Scott
(Middletown, Pennsylvania) Many said already evacuated from area. [Milton BILGER - speaks of preparations to leave.] Older persons shown being evacuated. Wedding shown.
REPORTER: Robert Hager
(Middletown, Pennsylvania) Partially evacuated town shown. Tenseness and resulting fights shown. Fire Chief Paul O'Donnell shown disagreeing with Civil Defense Director Butch Ryan.
REPORTER: Michael Silver
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