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NBC changes ‘Train’s’ cargo

Hasty cutting aims to improve drama's accuracy

The title of the NBC two-parter “Atomic Train” remains the same, but the network is making a significant cargo change for its weekend debut.

The drama was being hastily edited to remove references to nuclear waste, which will replaced by the phrase “hazardous waste,” network spokeswoman Rebecca Marks said Tuesday.

“Atomic Train,” about a runaway Idaho-to-Denver train carrying a nuclear weapon and, originally, nuclear waste, did not accurately depict safeguards used in connection with such waste, Marks said.

“Although (the miniseries) is fictitious, rather than be inaccurate about the transporting of material, we decided to change the nature of the material,” she said. Nuclear waste is moved in casks that are not shown in the film.

A tacked-on disclaimer will inform viewers that the two-parter is not based on fact and that NBC does not “suggest or imply in any way that these events could actually occur.”

The decision to change the film was strictly “internal,” Marks said, adding that it had nothing to do with the outside pressure. She said no NBC executive had been contacted by any nuclear industry representatives requesting changes.

NBC itself has a relative in the nuclear business. General Electric, the network’s parent company, includes the GE Nuclear Energy unit, which supplies parts and services for reactors.