CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 29, 1977
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(Studio) Formation of sulfuric acid in air, due to industry and power plants, and its effect on environment noted. Environmental Protection Agency and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have been fighting re: regulations with regard to burning of low-sulfur fuels by factories and plants. TVA has agreed to comply with rules of EPA, but question is, when.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Kingston, Tennessee) (EPA video tape shown.) Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power plants in Widow's Creek, Alabama, Shawnee, Kentucky, and Kingston, Tennessee, put more sulfur dioxide in air than law allows. (TVA film shown.) Reporter asks Atlanta Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Jack Ravan if Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) breaking law. [RAVAN - says Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) badly in violation of law.] Extent of violations noted. [Atlanta Environmental Protection Agency spokesperson Paul TRAINA - cites effect of pollution on crops.] (TVA photos shown.) Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) arguments cited. [TVA chairperson Aubrey WAGNER - says balance has to be found between cost of energy and cost of clean environment.] Wagner notes electricity rate hike if measures taken. Environmental Protection Agency about to order Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to comply with Clean Air Act; question is how it will be enforced.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne