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American Agenda (Environment: Legislation) (Part II) #160930

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Jul 13, 1995
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The second in a series of American Agenda stories looking at the environmental legislation because of the Republicans' assault on it introduced.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Senator Bob Dole's regulations reform bill, which would make environmental laws meet tougher standards, examined; scenes shown from a cement plant in Midlothian, Texas, whose petrochemical waste may be affceting the health of nearby residents. [Local rancher Sue POPE - cites local medical problems.] [Texas Industries Randy JONES - downplays risk.] [Senator Bob DOLE - says the people oppose excessive regulations.] [National Association of Manufacturers Jerry JASINOWSKI - comments.] The problems with the cost-benefit analysis approach in Dole's bill in quantifying health statistics outlined. [EPA administrator Carol BROWNER - says the bill would have prevented the control of lead.] [Senator John CHAFFEE - worries that gridlock would result.] President Clinton's administration's estimate of the cost of administering the Dole bill cited.

(No location given: Erin Hayes) The impact that proposed changes in the clean water law would have on the state of Washington examined; scenes shown of the state's shellfish industry, which is dependent on clean water. [Shellfish company's Bill TAYLOR - says Puget Sound had been polluted.] [Tacoma, WA, public works Karen LARKIN - criticizes the federal government.] The concern that state and local governments might threaten natural resources if given too much freedom to gut environmental programs noted.

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Chicago: Erin Hayes) How the condition of one state's environment may affect its neighbors examined; scenes shown of air pollution in Chicago; the dispute between Midwestern states wanting exemption from air quality regulations and Northeastern states receiving the Midwest's dirty air detailed. [Maine Governor Angus KING, pediatrician Dr. Robert MELLINS, BROWNER - worry about air problems, environment and public health.]

Hayes, Erin;
Jennings, Peter

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