Sequoyah was finished and ready to operate four months after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, but until recently the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not permit the plant to operate until it met tough new federal standards ...
SODDY DAISY, TENNESSEE.
L/V nuclear power station
Diff. shot of power station, car park in front
Pull in to 'Sequoyah Nuclear Plant' sign on side of building
G/V members of Tennessee Valley authority at press conference
C/U spokesman Jere Vallentine
G/V cars and trucks in street
G/V street of Soddy Daisy
Interior of shop
C/U local residents speaking
G/V street - people handing out leaflets to motorists (anti-nuclear)
G/V group of people outside nuclear plant
C/U Jim Desrosiers, anti-nuclear advocate
G/V interiors of plant (4 shots)
VALLENTINE: I don't think we know very much about the Three Mile accident, and it would be incredible that the Three Mile accident would repeat itself here.
COMM: The people here want the plant because they've been promised lower electricity bills and a boost to the economy. Residents just don't thing that the plant can hurt them.
1. Why should it? I'd say it was pretty safe as far as I'm concerned.
2. It doesn't bother me a bit, you know, to lay down at night and I can rest assured that everything's okay.
COMM: But today members of a group who have gone to court to try to stop the plant, handed out anti-nuclear literature outside the main gate, and the organiser Jim Desrosiers said the government and TVA are ignoring the dangers
DESROSIERS: We have to take every precaution we can, 100% total, to safeguard out lives. I don't feel that the nuclear industry has done that.
COMM: Late this afternoon plant operators began fuelling the nuclear core. The plant will operate at low levels at first and go to full power in four to six months.
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Background: Sequoyah was finished and ready to operate four months after the Three Mile Island nuclear accident, but until recently the Nuclear Regulatory Commission did not permit the plant to operate until it met tough new federal standards ...