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Special Assignment (Power Lines / Cancer Threat) #106820

ABC Evening News for Monday, Nov 09, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(WA: Bettina Gregory) Issue of getting cancer from exposure to magnetic fields around electric power lines featured; details given, scenes shown. Case of Billy Read's leukemia discussed. [Mother Elaine READ - wonders if power lines around her house may have caused his cancer.] Results of New York study of magnetic fields and childhood cancer discussed on screen. [SUNY School of Public Health Dr. David CARPENTER - states important of study.] Result of Denver, Colorado, study of magnetic fields and childhood cancer reported [Univ. North Carolina Dr. David SAVITZ - describes study.] Research on effects of magnetic fields noted. [Dr. Jerry PHILLIPS - says magnetic fields make leukemia cells grow faster.] Electric power industry's response noted. [Electric Power Research Institution spokesperson Dr. Leonard SAGAN - says industry is doing research.] Experiments financial by federal government on magnetic fields described. [SAGAN - says no reason for public to panic.] [CARPENTER - says action must be taken.] Lawsuit in Houston, Texas, concerning high voltage lines built on school property detailed; scenes shown.

Gregory, Bettina;
Jennings, Peter

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