This program is 28 minutes long
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Scope of continued nuclear disaster at Chernobyl reactor in USSR described.
(DC: Steve Shepard) Info. about Chernobyl accident, gathered so far by United States intelligence satellites, examined; illustrations shown. Implications for deaths and injuries explained, discussed; course of released radiation, now possibly heading toward Moscow, indicated. [National Oceanic Atmospheric Admin. spokesperson Jamie HAWKINS - notes winds will turn toward E. Europe tomorrow.] Long-term impact on USSR energy supply due to Chernobyl shutdown noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.
(Moscow, USSR : Walter Rodgers) Soviet media's coverage of disaster examined. [News ANNOUNCER - (thru translator) reports authorities' handling of accident.] Apparent evacuation of region discussed; details outlined on screen. [Voice of Radio Moscow ANNOUNCER - claims Chernobyl was first accident at USSR nuclear power plant.] Contradictory assessment by USSR engineer outlined. [ENGINEER - criticizes media's silence.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Chernobyl's proximity to Kiev and factors possibly underlying Kiev residents' lack of concern discussed. Implications for Kiev water supply contamination considered. Poland's precautions from radioactive fallout described.
(London, England: Dean Reynolds) Europe's reaction featured; scenes shown. [International Atomic Energy Agency director Hans BLIX - notes agency has offered its services to USSR .] [EEC nuclear safety commissioner Stanley CLINTON- DAVIS - criticizes USSR handling of accident.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming items.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Item recapped at end of broadcast
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Senior United Nations officials reported demanding USSR release full information on Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident.
(NYC: Richard Threlkeld) Soviet nuclear reactor design explained, compared to that of West reactors. [Brookhaven National Labs spokesperson Stephen MUSOLINO - describes United States design; cites lack of safety features built into Soviet plants.] Hypothetical scenario at Chernobyl illustrated, discussed. [Dr. Ed ZEBROSKI - explains seriousness of graphite fire at Chernobyl.] Edward Teller's description of nuclear power paradox quoted. Possible long- range consequences noted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) [Former manager British Nuclear Corp., Peter POTTER - discusses likely factors affecting continued fire at Chernobyl and radiation leak, long-range consequences in region.]
(Boston, Massachusetts: George Strait) Possible long-term human consequences of Chernobyl radiation leak examined; Hiroshima recalled, historical footage shown. [Prof. Edward WEBSTER - describes radiation deaths.] Details outlined on screen.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Upcoming item.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) USSR said not responding so far to United States offer of technical and humanitarian aid following Chernobyl nuclear power plant disaster.
(DC: Charles Gibson) Possible impact of Chernobyl disaster on US nuclear power plants under construction examined; costs involved in building such plants outlined on screen, discussed. [Acting assistant Energy Secretary James VAUGHAN - doesn't expect United States environmental or public to be adversely affected by Chernobyl.] [Representative Edward MARKEY, Christic Institution spokesperson Lanny SINKIN - believe Chernobyl, in addition to Three Mile Island experience, has ended nuclear power movement] [Shoreham Opponents Coalition spokesperson Nora BREDIS - cites message of Soviet accident.]
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Three Mile Island, Pennsylvania, accident recalled; Governor Richard Thornburgh's findings during USSR tour after TMI accident noted. Status of TMI's continued clean-up from 1979 accident mentioned.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Pastoral letter condemning nuclear arms race reported released by Council of Bishops of United Methodist Church; Bishop C. Dale White quoted.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) said halting search for remainder of Challenger's right solid rocket booster; details given. Remains of shuttle crew reported flown to Dover Air Force Base for preparation for burial. Scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) British royal family reported attending funeral of Duchess of Windsor, buried next to Edward VIII, who abdicated to marry her; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Testimony of convicted USSR spy John Walker in espionage trial of cohort Jerry Whitworth outlined; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) President Reagan reported delivering speech on freedom upon arrival in Bali while officials there were expelling Australian and "New York Times" reporters who had arrived on President's plane due to their past articles criticizing Indonesian President Suharto; scenes shown.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Grain and soybean prices reported rising in response to Soviet nuclear power plant disaster. Stk. Mkt. Report Activity of utility co. stks. noted.