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Poison Gas / Controversy #203715

CBS Evening News for Friday, May 23, 1969
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(Studio) Senator Vance Hartke says commercial firm ships 5 cars of poison gas from Rocky Mt. Arsenal. Pentagon says no gas had left arsenal since Mar. Arsenal involved in issue over disposing of WWII gas by RR.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Rocky Mt. Arsenal, Colorado) Army unloads 27,000 tons of gas from railroad cars near end of Denver airport. [SPOKESPERSON - says gas could kill world twice.] 6,000 sheep killed by gas in test area in UT. Train would pass through rural areas and cities like Elizabeth, New Jersey. Army secretly sent gas through city before. [Mayor Tom DUNN - says citizens concerned.] [City Council SPOKESPERSON - says we oppose any poison gas shipment through city.] Citizens worried about accidents like one at E. Germantown, IN in 1968. RR accidents gone up. [Assistant Defense Secretary Barry SHILLITO - talks of precautions to be taken.] [DUNN - says city hasn't received word of transport yet.] Soldier simulates effect of gas. [Dr. Steven TEITELBAUM - says large number of people would die regardless of available treatment.] [Colonel J.J. OSICK - says bombs made to go off, not opposite.] [TEITELBAUM - says Army should be able to handle its weapons.] [Dr. Barry COMMONER - cites difficulty of getting rid of bombs.] Indianapolis 1 of few route cities made public. [COMMONER - says secrecy used at expense of Americans]
REPORTER: Steve Rowan

Mudd, Roger;
Rowan, Steve

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