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American Agenda (Environment: Ponca City, Oklahoma and Superfund) #125994

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 28, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Initial American Agenda report on Ponca City, OK, and federal "superfund" law designed to clean up hazard waste sites recalled. Report introduced.

(Ponca City, OK: Barry Serafin) Revisit to oil town of Ponca City where Conoco refinery sits next door to neighborhood homes featured; scenes shown of people's reaction two years ago to oily waste that oozed up through basements. [In 1988, residents Betty SNYDER, Michael GALLAGHER - cite cancer cases.] Agreement by Conoco to settle with homeowners by buying up homes around the refinery detailed. [Conoco's Dennis PARKER - comments.] [Homeowner Sam WALLACE - says he is better off after moving his house.] Federal superfund law noted still exempting petroleum waste from pollution cleanups. [Carrie FRIESENHAHN - opposes exemptions.] [Anna Sue RAFFERTY - says she is disappointed in lack of support from government.] Refusal of EPA officials and Texas Senator Lloyd Bentsen to comment on loophole in superfund law cited. [Natural Resources Defense Council Janet HATHAWAY - says no government remedy is being suggested.] Need for Congress and President Bush's administration to close the loophole to prevent situation happening elsewhere mentioned.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Congress and administration noted skipping chance to close loophole last month.

Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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