CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jun 15, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court ruling in case of tiny fish versus Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) dam project reported Dam's idle future without change in law by Congress noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Envts. fight against TVA's Tellico Dam project on Little Tennessee R. since 1967 and their losing battle until discovery of endangered snail darter in waters above dam in 1973 outlined. Films shown. Envts. use of newly enacted Endangered Species Act in fight against dam noted. Details of court decision written by Chief Justice Burger and of dissent written by Justice Powell, given. Mixed congress reaction cited. [Representative Robin BEARD - says House members who voted for Endangered Species Act never knew they were talking about such animal as snail darter.] [Representative John DINGELL - states own reaction; says if Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) gets way, grizzly bear may be next.] Upcoming reauthorization debate on Endangered Species Act stated.
REPORTER: Fred Graham
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