CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 12, 1969
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(Studio) Admin. moves to cut back DDT use.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Department of Health, Education and Welfare Secretary Robert Finch reports partial ban on DDT and hard pesticides. Committee led by Dr. Emil Mrak recommends their elimination in next 2 years, except for essential uses to be decided by: Secys HEW, Agriculture, and Interior. [Secretary FINCH - says to take 10 years or longer to purge environment of DDT if stopped tomorrow. A lot of signals to justify this action.] Refuses to invoke Delaney Amendment, which calls for total ban on food substances that cause cancer in man or animal. [Sec. FINCH - says everything would come off mkt if amendment literally taken.] Senator Gaylord Nelson calls it good 1st step. Finch has taken middle course.
REPORTER: Daniel Schorr
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