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Special Assignment (Nuclear Testing and St. George, Utah) #56800

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 24, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Saint George, UT) 1955 film shown, courtesy Atomic Energy Cmsn.; movie noted designed to dispel fears of those exposed to atomic fallout in Saint George, UT. Aftereffects of fallout on town examined. Deaths due to cancer of Elmer Pickett's family noted as example [PICKETT - pts. out relative's graves; mentions that no one in his family had ever had cancer until 1953.] Case of Jeff Bradshaw born during testing in area, outlined. [BRADSHAW - says United States government is responsible for his illness.] Ignorance in 1950's with regard to long-term effects of low-level radiation and pressure to beat USSR at nuclear development recalled. [Former Atomic Energy Commission member Eugene ZUCKERT - tries to put situation in perspective.] Energy Department said reassessing fallout from atmospheric test program. [Energy Department spokesperson David JACKSON - comments.] [PICKETT - comments.] Call by Saint George residents for government to accept responsibility and reimburse them noted.
REPORTER: Tom Schell

Robinson, Max;
Schell, Tom

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