CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 22, 1973
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(Studio) Black lung 1 disease among many caused by industrial processes. Brown lung a concern in cotton industry.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Cliffside, North Carolina) [Yale Lung Center Dr. Arend BOUHUYS - says many cotton mill workers disabled with brown lung at early age. Disease causes premature death in some cases. [William POTEAT - says disease sufferers cough up cotton.] Cotton inhaled when machines cleaned. British cotton mills recognize disease and compensate workers disabled from it. American mills don't. [American Textile Mfrs. Institution spokesperson F. Sadler LOVE - says textile industry produces cloth, not machines to prevent brown lung.] Mills say can't afford machinery that would keep down level of cotton dust in air. [Former Assistant Secretary Labor George GUENTHER - says government seeking solution that will protect workers and yet not cost cotton mills too much.] William Poteat has brown lung and was forced to retiree at early age because of it. Industry sends him pension of $31.50/mo. Cotton workers mostly nonunion and government not pressuring industry to get better safety standards.
REPORTER: David Henderson
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