Program
Nuclear Legacy
Producing Organization
KCTS (Television station : Seattle, Wash.)
Contributing Organization
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia)
KCTS 9 (Seattle, Washington)
AAPB ID
cpb-aacip-283-053ffg7w
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Description
Program Description
"The production of nuclear power and nuclear weapons over the past three decades has left a lethal legacy--more than 10,000 tons of the most radioactive substance on earth--'high level' nuclear waste. Under a 1982 law, the U.S. Department of Energy will begin permanently burying this waste by 1998. The first burial site will be selected by 1990. Once buried, the waste must remain isolated from the environment for a minimum of 10,000 years. "NUCLEAR LEGACY focuses on a series of critical decisions the federal government faces in the next five years--ones that could haunt the population for millennia to come. Will the burial site be selected on scientific evidence, or out of political expediency? Will the issue be resolved in a way that ensures the health and safety of future generations? The documentary examines these and other [crucial] issues. "The amount of high level nuclear waste now in temporary storage--10,000 metric tons--is expected to quadruple in fifteen years. When the first permanent nuclear waste storage facility opens, the backlog of spent fuel will require a shipment every ninety minutes, every day, for over twenty years--140,000 shipments in all. En route to the repository, trucks and trains will carry waste through forty-five out of fifty states and through thousands of cities and towns. "The U.S. Department of Energy is now considering three locations for the storage facility: Yucca Mountain, Nevada; Deaf Smith County, Texas; and Hanford, Washington. NUCLEAR LEGACY visits the proposed sites and explores the corresponding technical and geological problems and each community's concerns. The documentary also studies how the waste will be transported--an issue that will affect thousands of communities across the U.S."--1986 Peabody Awards entry form.
Broadcast Date
1986-11-03
Created Date
1986
Asset type
Program
Media type
Moving Image
Duration
00:59:24.594
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Credits
Producing Organization: KCTS (Television station : Seattle, Wash.)
AAPB Contributor Holdings
The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia
Identifier: cpb-aacip-429f3ded693 (Filename)
Format: U-matic
Duration: 00:58:00
KCTS 9
Identifier: cpb-aacip-c5177e907f9 (Filename)
Format: Betacam
Generation: Master
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Citations
Chicago: “Nuclear Legacy,” 1986-11-03, The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, KCTS 9, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC, accessed June 26, 2022, http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-283-053ffg7w.
MLA: “Nuclear Legacy.” 1986-11-03. The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, KCTS 9, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Web. June 26, 2022. <http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-283-053ffg7w>.
APA: Nuclear Legacy. Boston, MA: The Walter J. Brown Media Archives & Peabody Awards Collection at the University of Georgia, KCTS 9, American Archive of Public Broadcasting (GBH and the Library of Congress), Boston, MA and Washington, DC. Retrieved from http://americanarchive.org/catalog/cpb-aacip-283-053ffg7w