NBC Evening News for Monday, Apr 02, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) Econ. effects of plant crisis examined; indefinite closing of area plant cited as example [FOREMAN - announces no payroll.] Foreman quoted as telling men to apply for unempl. insurance Closing of Fruehauf Corporation assembly line and effects reported Reimbursement of relocation expenses by insurance group and remaining question with regard to coverage for lost work-related income noted. Metropolitan Edison and federal and state govts.' said refusing to comment with regard to cost of accident. Credibility of nuclear power industry mentioned.
REPORTER: Bob Jamieson
(DC) Cost of nuclear power stations since building of 1st plant at Shippingport, Pennsylvania, in 1950's stated; films shown. Atomic Energy Commission chairperson Lewis Straus quoted; photos shown. Expenditures by federal government on nuclear power since inception of AEC, then NRC, given. Demands for investigations of similar plants and possible closings by Three Mile Island accident noted. [Energy Secretary James SCHLESINGER - comments.] [Nuclear industry spokesperson James STOUT - comments.] [Senator Gary HART - requests thorough investigation.] [Senator Richard SCHIKER - comments with regard to Three Mile Island accident and inability to cope with nuclear emergency.] Possible reassessment of energy program as result of incident considered.
REPORTER: Tom Pettit