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Tennessee / Water Supply Contamination #250447

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 16, 1977
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(Studio) Water from nearby lake channeled into Morristown, Tennessee, city water system today in attempt to eradicate chemicals in it as result of earlier industry spill. May be spring before water tastes right.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Morristown, Tennessee) [MAN - says he's been told water is safe, but it makes him and family sick.] Tennessee Eastman Company, near Kingsport, Tennessee, had accidentally spilled ethyl pivalate into Holston River [Tennessee Eastman spokesperson John McCOY - reads apology from plant officials.] Situation in town noted. [WOMAN - says she can't use water.] [MAN - says water not fit to drink and smells bad.] [Morristown water commission spokesperson Roy OAKES - says state department of public health and Environmental Protection Agency have said water safe.] Environmental Protection Agency says humans can safely drink water; Morristown's Dr. Crampton Helms disagrees. [HELMS - says substance is potentially dangerous to liver and/or kidneys.] Pending lawsuits with regard to matter noted.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Rabel, Ed
Duration:
00:02:50

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