From Nuclear Weapons to Nuclear Spoons

May 17, 1999

NBC removed all references to the transportation of nuclear waste from the television movie, "Atomic Train" which aired last night and continues tonight. Although the network cited inaccuracies in the depiction of how nuclear waste is handled to account for the changes, Senator Richard Bryant of Nevada accused NBC of caving in to pressure from lobbyists for the nuclear power companies. Bryant, a Democrat, pointed to the fact that NBC’s parent company, General Electric, has significant interests in the nuclear power industry. NBC executives denied General Electric put any input into the decision.

NBC censors will probably not want you to know about another story, this one not fictional, what does the government do with the radioactive metal used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons?


  • Anne-Marie Cusac, Managing Editor of The Progressive magazine and author of the investigative report, "Nuclear Spoons."