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Special Assignment (Nuclear Fallout: A Town That's Paying The Price) #56783

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 23, 1979
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(Studio) Lack of safety measures during above-ground nuclear testing in southwest during 1950's recalled.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Saint George, UT) No. of nuclear tests above ground in Yucca Flats recalled; Defense Department films shown. Atomic Energy Cmsn.'s "propaganda" film, released after especially heavy radioactive fallout hit Saint George, UT, said public relations effort to quell fears of residents; portions of film shown, courtesy AEC. [Resident Irma THOMAS - notes number of neighbors dead from cancer.] Thomas' efforts to publicize fallout-related deaths and illness noted. Law suit against government by UT, NV and Arizona with regard to fallout detailed; portions quoted on screen. Article by Dr. Joseph L. Lyon in "New England Journal of Med." indicating definite link between radiation fallout and cancer reported [LYON - discusses findings.] Childhood leukemia death rate, pre and post nuclear testing in area outlined on screen; reaction by Governor Scott Matheson noted. [MATHESON - comments on tests.] Reaction to tests at time of occurrence recalled by Saint George residents. [Elmer PICKETT - recalls experience; deaths of wife and niece.] No. of Pickett relatives dying of cancer since tests noted.
REPORTER: Tom Schell

Reporter(s):
Robinson, Max;
Schell, Tom
Duration:
00:04:50

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