In Canada on Thursday (26 January), a Defence spokesman reported that American and Canadian scientists had detected an abnormal level of nuclear radiation in an uninhabited area of Northern Canada where a Soviet spy satellite dropped from orbit last Tuesday (24 January).
EDMONTON, ALBERTA: MV United States and Canadian scientists walking out to aircraft (THREE SHOTS)
MV Technicians checking equipment. (TWO SHOTS)
CU Scientist in protective suit boards aircraft.
MV Aircraft engines and ground crew members as plane taxis. (THREE SHOTS)
OTTAWA, ONTARIO: MV Newsmen looking at map of area where satellite landed. (TWO SHOTS)
CU Canadian Minister of Defence, Mr Barney Danson, speaking in English.
TRANSCRIPT: DOLPHIN: "American and Canadian scientists and military experts are making intensive air and ground searches of the area halfway between Yellowknife and Baker Lake to east. They are checking the intensity of the radiation and will send in members of the Canadian forces' nuclear accident team to look for debris and other signs of the satellite's final resting place. The safely of the men involved is the first consideration. They wear protective garb to reduce effects of the radiation. Officials emphasise there is no hurry to remove nay radiative material because the area is uninhabited. But it is a hazard for anyone passing through and must be removed eventually."
STEWART: "Defence Minister Barney Danson said a nuclear reaction team has ben moved in with helicopters to Baker Lake about 200 miles (322 kilometres) east of the site. He said that both gamma and neutron radiation is possible and both are highly dangerous. He says they must now move with caution."
SEQ. 6: DANSON: "The site has been reasonably pinpointed. We have aircraft in the area. We are trying to get as close as we can safely. We really must take direction here from the Atomic Energy people ... this is their business ... and we are assisting them in this task. Then the job will be to find out how you handle it, how you can shield it and get it out of there, what you do from there on in."
REPORTERS: FRANK DOLPHIN AND BRIAN STEWART
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Background: In Canada on Thursday (26 January), a Defence spokesman reported that American and Canadian scientists had detected an abnormal level of nuclear radiation in an uninhabited area of Northern Canada where a Soviet spy satellite dropped from orbit last Tuesday (24 January). It was the first report of possible contamination from the Cosmos 954 satellite which carried 100 pounds (45 kilograms) of potentially lethal enriched uranium to power its small nuclear reactor. A Canadian transport plane equipped with sensors made the discovery and scientists are now preparing to enter the area. A report from Frank Dolphin and Brian Stewart of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: