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Nuclear Weapons Plants / Energy Department Report #560170

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Dec 11, 1988
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(Studio: Connie Chung) Announcement by administration that schedule will be set for starting up Savannah River nuclear military plant that has had safety problems reported; details given of dispute between Pentagon and envtlists. over whether or not there is a tritium shortage. Report introduced.

(DC: Jamie Gangel) Energy Department recommendations for modernizing nuclear weapons plants reported; details given of call for closing of Fernald, Ohio, and Rocky Flats, Colorado, plants and for moving plutonium product out of Florida and California plants; scenes shown. [PEOPLE - discuss safety and employment problems.] Opposition of local residents to Energy Department's building plans noted. [MAN - says cleanup should precede new construction.] [WOMAN - says the choice is "famous potatoes, not famous weapons."] Impt. of tritium to nuclear weapons explained. [Senator John GLENN - says we don't want to add new problems before old ones are cleaned up.] Energy Department's cost estimates reiterated.

Chung, Connie;
Gangel, Jamie

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