NBC Evening News for Saturday, Jun 16, 1979
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(Studio) Arizona Atomic Energy Commission hearings with regard to possible closing of American Atomics Company plant in Tucson, Arizona, because of high radiation readings near plant announced.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Tucson, Arizona) Tony Bruckmeier, resident of area around American Atomics Company plant said to have high tritium radiation count. [Arizona Governor Bruce BABBIT - says we need to take a precautionary measure.] Plant said temporarily closed and question of permanent closing reported now being discussed. [Health physicist Roland JALBERT - calls tritium one of most innocuous of radioisotopes.] Cnty. Health Director D. Ball quoted as saying danger of cancer from tritium exposure is less than from smoking but still unacceptable.
REPORTER: Heidi Schulman