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(Studio) In April Consumer Prod. Safety Commission banned use of flame retardant Tris, on basis it is cancer-causing agent. Commission didn't recall garments already sold and containing Tris; action is protested at House hearing re: Tris.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Commission didn't issue recall because Tris allegedly washes out of clothing. [Environment Defense Fund spokesperson Dr. Robert HARRIS - says commission suggests clothing safe after washing and this is mistake.] [Microbiologist Dr. Bruce AMES - notes clothing industry is under rules that require garments to remain flame proof even after 50 washings, so they'll only use chemicals which won't wash out.] Cmsn.'s ruling noted. [Representative Henry WAXMAN - is outraged by situation endangering children.] Commission chairperson John Byington and other cmsnrs. to testify next week
REPORTER: Jed Duvall
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Duvall, Jed
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