Search the Archive

Nuclear Plants / Pennsylvania Accident #58729

ABC Evening News for Friday, Mar 30, 1979
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(Studio) NRC official quoted with regard to possibility of core meltdown.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Three Mile Island nuclear plant, Pennsylvania) Unexpected increase in radiation level at plant and community reaction reported, include evacuation by some. Film shown.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania) Situation at Three Mile Island plant, include incrd. radiation and gas bubble trapped inside reactor reported NRC official quoted with regard to gas bubble as cause preventing core's cooldown. Dr. Frank (sic) Denton said sent by President Carter as special envoy. [Dr. Harold DENTON - says core is extensively damaged, must be cooled carefully.] NRC said overseeing cooldown attempts; power company providing protective clothing. 2 workers reported contaminated this morning during uncontrolled surge of radiation; details given. Dr. Denton quoted with regard to size of bubble and danger.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

(Hershey, Pennsylvania) Efforts to keep residents of Middle town indoors cited; films shown. [Sound TRUCK - warns residents.] Evacuation preparations by Civil Defense and fire officials noted; state request with regard to evacuation of pregnant women and preschool children cited. [Resident Letha MYER - comments.] [Charlotte FANSLER - comments.] [Roggie FANSLER - comments.] Fansler predicament stated. School evacuation and refugee center in Hershey sports arena detailed; films shown. Dr. quoted with regard to risk to pregnant women.
REPORTER: John Martin

(Studio) Three Mile Island accident said illustrative of various factors re: public concern about nuclear energy. Details given; lack of plant officials' notification of outside authorities after each new incident involved in accident cited.
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Studio) Press Secretary Jody Powell quoted with regard to possibility of meltdown. NRC official said first to use term "meltdown." Pennsylvania governor said to make decision with regard to evacuation, not President
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Present situation at plant explained in detail; diagrams shown. Plant officials noted to report reactor stable at present.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

Gregory, Bettina;
Jarriel, Tom;
Martin, John;
Peterson, Roger;
Reynolds, Frank

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.