ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 28, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Studio) Nuclear plant accident at Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in Susquehanna River near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, reported.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania) Details given about accident at nuclear power plant, involving escape of radioactive steam into atmosphere. Films shown. [Area resident William WHITTOCK - describes experience.] [Employee Mike JANOWSKI - comments on turbine trip.] Evacuation of workers and closing of plant reported; Nuclear Regulatory Commission investigators said conducting tests for radiation. NRC statement quoted with regard to radiation presence in reactor building and as far as one mile away. Possibility of worker contamination said admitted by Metropolitan Edison; details given. [Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor William SCRANTON III - expresses concern with regard to state officials not being told earlier.] Reason for malfunction said unknown; plant reported to remain closed until safety factor assured.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
(DC) Types of nuclear facilities, such as one at Three Mile Island, described; water-cooling system explained, diagrams shown. Possible cause of accident at Three Mile Island outlined. Present radiation levels in reactor building reported; figs. shown. High levels within building said to indicate damage to fuel rods in core. Steps necessary prior to reopening stated.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson
(Studio) Accident at nuclear power station at North Anna, Virginia, last October recalled. NRC official stationed at plant quoted with regard to no health problems arising in those contaminated in accident.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
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