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Idaho Forest Controversy / 245-T Defoliant #257144

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 03, 1978
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(Studio) Govt. proposal to use same method for controlling forest in Idaho that it used for controlling jungles in Vietnam noted.
REPORTER: Morton Dean

(Grangeville, ID) Details with regard to use of defoliant containing chemical 245-T in jungles of Vietnam to keep Viet Cong and North Vietnam from being able to hide given; films shown. Govt.'s proposal to use 245-T and other defoliants in ID forests outlined along with scientists' reports that 245-T may cause birth defects. Protests of Idaho residents at hearing in Lewiston cited. [MAN - asks if authorities are certain there will be no ill effects from use.] [US Forest Service spokesperson Ralph ROSS - says it's impossible to draw lines of absolute safety.] [Washington State University spokesperson H.H. CHENG - notes constant discoveries about how little is known about any of these things.] [EPA spokesperson Mike WATSON - cites lack of health data showing obvious health problem.]
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater

Dean, Morton;
Drinkwater, Terry

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