ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 19, 1979
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(Studio) Declassification of government documents revealing less than competent approach by government to protecting United States residents from radioactivity in course of testing atomic bombs above Nevada reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Incr. in cancer rate among United States soldiers present at bomb tests noted; films, photos shown. Lung cancer rate among uranium miners in UT discussed; testimony by widows of such miners at hearing conducted by Senator Edward Kennedy cited. [Mrs. John Taylor HOWES, Mrs. Byron HANSEN - recall husbands experiences.] Acknowledgement by health officials that authorities were aware of risk to miners at the time reported [Institution for Environment Studies Dr. Merrill EISENBUD - says fact that Atomic Energy Cmsn. didn't take the same steps here that it took elsewhere is responsible for numerous deaths.] [Former miner George Val SNOW (sic) - believes all miners exposed in Marysville mines will die of lung cancer.] Senator Edward Kennedy reported reading declassified material into official record.
REPORTER: Ann Compton
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