ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 09, 1983
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(Studio) Opposition in South Carolina and Georgia over government's Savannah River nuclear power plant noted.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Savannah, Georgia) Govt.'s efforts to restart Savannah River reactor for product of plutonium for nuclear weapons and opposition to that move examined. [Energy Department spokesperson Richard DENISE - thinks plant is necessary for national defense and that environment impact is insignificant.] State of South Carolina and concerned citizens reported filing suit to halt restart before full environmental impact study is conducted. [League of Women Voters spokesperson Virginia BROWN - questions safety of reactivating plant.] Plant's operating process and impact on environmental described; details outlined on screen. [BROWN - notes lack of agreement among scientists on safe level of radioactivity.] [DENISE - defs. plant's radioactive waste output.] Plant's history of accidental radioactive release noted, compared to that of Three Mile Island; focus of congress investigation explained.
REPORTER: Rebecca Chase
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