NBC Evening News for Saturday, Sep 26, 1987
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Report introduced.
(Salt Lake City, UT: Don Oliver) Area residents' concern over health threats from radiation leaks at government's underground test sites in NV explained, discussed; scenes shown. [US Geological Service spokesperson Jack EVERNDEN - explains geological issues.] 1970 accident and number others since then recalled. [Lawrence Livermore Lab spokesperson Dr. James CAROTHERS - denies danger at present.] Unanticipated problems during tests dubbed Mighty Oak in 1986 and Midas Smith in 1984 reviewed. [Defense Department consultant Byron RISTEVT - acknowledges possible error in location of Midas Smith test.] Critics' charge that econs. and SDI/Star Wars research are compromising safety noted.
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