ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jun 14, 1978
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(Studio) Problem of radioactive waste disposal stated. Past carelessness about such disposal and troubles now resulting from this reported.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(No location given) Govt.'s reevaluation of radioactivity levels at various sites in United States where waste has been buried in past outlined; possible need to take remedial action at some sites noted. One such site is at University of Chicago's Jones Lab., where Dr. Glenn Seiborg and others 1st isolated and weighed plutonium. [Department of Energy spokesperson Dr. James LIVERMAN - says people shouldn't run off, but it is situation that must be remedied.]
REPORTER: Bill Zimmerman
(Washington, West Virginia) L.B. Foster Company's plans to build pipe manufacturing plant on land bought from Amax, Incorporated last year noted. Foster's denial of any knowledge that land was radioactive reported; halt to plant construction when explosion occurred mentioned. [Plant manager Walt PAVLO - describes findings after explosion, discovery that area was radioactive and current NRC investigation.] Precautions now being taken detailed; resignations of some employees and uneasiness of others cited. [Welder Leo PAULEY - doesn't think person should be required to work around radioactive materials.] Details given about results of tests on area by NRC in Atlanta. [NRC spokesperson James P. O'REILLY - says material buried would exceed regulations, based on studies made.] Outlook for area and claims by 2 previous site owners, Amax and Carborundum Company, that they never buried radioactive materials here reported.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart