ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 07, 1979
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REPORTER: Max Robinson
(NYC) Results of 1978 NRC report said indicating high risk of serious nuclear accident in next 30 years; calculated risk of such accident outlined on screen. [Former General Electric Company nuclear design engineer Gregory MINOR - discusses statistics normally quoted regarding nuclear accident versus staff analysis based on actual experience.] NRC probability estimation of nuclear accident examined. [NRC principal reactor engineer Ashok THADANI - discusses calculations.] Anticipated accident explained, diagrams shown. No. of nuclear plants in operation stated; map shown. [THADANI - cites chances for any one plant experiencing major accident in any one year] Nuclear accident probability compared to injury or death probability in shower. [Atomic Industrial Forum John WARD - denies odds; notes industry's accident odds.] [Unresolved Safety Issues NRC director Dr. Stephen HANAUER - responds to question as to how long ago question of probability came to NRC.]
REPORTER: Jules Bergman
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