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Lead Poisoning / In Workers #244489

CBS Evening News for Monday, Feb 23, 1976
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(Studio) IN factory workers receive telegrams warming of lead poisoning.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Indianapolis, IN) 181 workers from 2 lead plants recently received medical tests. Drugs used to reduce lead level in blood can cause kidney damage. Steel workers union arranged for tests at Environmental Sciences Lab in New York's Mt. Sinai Hospital. [Mt. Sinai Hospital Dr. Irving SELIKOFF - notes the damage found in workers.] Some workers received telegrams over wkend. [NL Inds., Fred KAY - thinks company should have done something about situation.] [Quemetco Incorporated, Chester CUMMINGS - says not ready to go yet.] Neither lead company would talk to CBS. [NL medical consultant Dr. Sidney LERNER - says has not seen data on lead levels found. Has to assume no imminent hazard to health found or government would take more measures in exercising its responsibilities.]

(DC) [Senator Vance HARTKE - says government and company at fault. Explains why.]
REPORTER: Don Webster

(Indianapolis, IN) Cts. may decide if there was negligence.
REPORTER: Don Webster

Webster, Don;
Rather, Dan

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