ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 23, 1988
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Congress's "superfund" legislature to clean up environmental recalled. Report introduced.
(Ponca City, OK: Barry Serafin) Environment problems produced by oil industry in Ponca City featured; scenes shown of oily waste coming from Conoco oil refinery and its effects on neighborhood. [Resident Mae MORGAN - discusses inability to clean up this "stuff."] Conoco's attempts to blame mess on other factors reviewed. [RESIDENT - says he moved out when fire officials told him house could blow up.] Med. dangers from toxic contaminants in oily waste detailed. [RESIDENTS - describe their medical symptoms.] [Conoco spokesperson Kent BOWDEN - says company may have been one contributor to environmental problem.] [RESIDENT - says we are victims.] Oil industry &its waste said exempt from "superfund" legislature [Natural Resources Defense Council spokesperson Janet HATHAWAY - calls it a scandalous situation.] Senator Lloyd Bentsen's role in getting exemption for oil industry noted. EPA's efforts to find legal alternatives to superfund to clean up Ponca City explained.
(Studio: Peter Jennings) Dimension of oil refinery-environment problem noted.