CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 24, 1976
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(Studio) House bans manufacturing of PCB chemical by 1979; final congress action not expected till after Labor Day. PCB, used in electrical equipment insulation, linked to cancer and found in animals and environment. 1 of major pollution sites is New York's Hudson River New York has sued G.E. for dumping chemical in river.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Verplanck, New York) Portions of river closed to most kinds of fishing. GE factories manufacturing and dumping of PCB noted. Danger of chemical became known in case of 22 Japanese women dying from effects of chemical in 1968 and others disfigured. (Film shown of Japanese with disfiguration.) New York department of environmental conservation began action last summer. Findings re: GE's part in case and that of state and federal agencies noted. General Electric Company says New York can't claim penalties but offered research grant which was rejected by environmental cmsr. Ogden Reid. [REID - says to accept offer would have been sellout to GE, exonerating company, and would have undermined environmental conservation law in state and nation] [GE representative George FARNSWORTH - says company feels it's within law because of permits.] Effects on fishing in Hudson River noted as well as far-ranging effects of chemical production elsewhere. [Department of Interior Assistant Secretary Nathaniel REED - cites extent of PCB presence in world's waters.] Not known how to go about cleanup of Hudson River [Ogden REID - says amount of PCB in river could close river for decades and if something not done time will run out, especially injuring fishing industry]
REPORTER: Steve Young