CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 22, 1976
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(Studio) Latest chemical to give environmental problems is mirex used in pesticides, especially to kill fire ants. Plant in New York on Lake Ontario stopped making chemical years ago, state forced to ban eating of fish from lake this month Pesticide still made in South to fight invasion of fire ants.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Central Mississippi) Fire ant effects on human , animal and plant life noted. Mirex kills ants, but has own dangers; these cited. Environmental Protection Agency decision on ban due early as this month; some Southerners say they'd rather take chances with mirex than ants. [Farmer Devane RUSSELL - says place near him makes illegal whiskey so maybe they can get mirex same way.] Case of child fire ant victim cited; child almost died. [Victim's father Dr. John HARPER - relates incident.] Dangers of mirex over period of time noted. [Environmental Defense Fund representative William BUTLER - says tests how mirex accumulation in humans not theoretical but actual.] (Interview by Bernard Shaw.) Allied Chemical sold only mirex plant in nation to Mississippi last May for $1 after long battles with environmentalists and federal government Mississippi officials say they'll stop using mirex in 2 years because of fear EPA will ban it immediately. [Mississippi agriculture cmnsr. Jim Buck ROSS - says time needed to come up with alternative suitable to all; not just farmer.] Fire ants continue coming; environmentalists says mirex used to kill fire ants today may kill humans in future.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg