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American Agenda (Environment: Government Pollution) #128716

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 22, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Washington: Barry Serafin) Environmental double standard in which federal government is exempt from state pollution requirements examined; case study of two shipyards in Maine, the Bath Iron Works Corp., which complies with hazardous waste laws, and Portsmouth shipyard, a naval installation that does not, cited. [Maine attorney general James TERRY - says Portsmouth is dangerous hazardous waste site.] [Assistant United States attorney general Dick STEWART - says sovereign government cannot be sued.] Environmental Protection Agency noted also having to treat federal polluters differently. [Senator George MITCHELL - comments on double standard.] Extent of military hazardous waste sites detailed; scenes shown from Jefferson Proving Ground, IN, which is littered with unexploded shells. Other agencies with hazardous waste problems outlined on screen. [Senator Dale BUMPERS - says lands have been despoiled.] President Bush's administration noted trying to delay changes proposed in Mitchell's bill that would allow states to fine federal polluters. [STEWART, TERRY - offer differing opinions.]

Jennings, Peter;
Serafin, Barry

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