ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 19, 1972
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(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency grants 10 states temporary authority to issue permits for dumping industrial waste into waterways. March 18 federal water pollution law will go into effect and state authority will end. States concerned with federal funding for pollution control.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(Michigan) State and local officials agree that by withholding $6 billion for waste treatment facilities, Nixon preventing local govts. from cleaning up nation's rivers and lakes as ordered to do. Detroit, for example, will not be able to meet federal water purification standards because of Nixon's action. Detroit began construction program for treatment plant to comply with federal regulations ordering removal of 80% sludge and phosphorus content of treated sewerage. Revised standards call for 90% removal, so further construction necessary. Dundee, small town in Michigan, will not receive $1/4 million from feds. for treatment plant. [Dundee Village President Howard WILLIAMS - says impossible to build plant with city money. Tax base too small to raise needed amount.] Without funds, raw sewage will continue to pollute waterways.
REPORTER: Ron Miller