CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 20, 1978
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(Studio) Pol. apathy about program to inspect dam safety noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) [Representative Leo RYAN - describes apathy about dam safety until tragedy happens.] Toccoa, Georgia, damburst in 1977 mentioned; films shown. Details given about dam inspection in United States and enforcement of Dam Safety Inspection Act passed by Congress in 1972. [Corps of Engineers spokesperson Dick STRONG - describes type of dams now being inspected.] [Pennsylvania dam safety chief Joseph ELLAM - discusses working with Corps re: unsafe dam near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Notes existence of YMCA camp and other residences between dam and Susquehanna River] Case of opposition to safety inspections in Welch, West Virginia, near Charleston, detailed. [Welch Mayor W.B. SWOPE - states feelings on draining of water behind dams.] Senator bill proposed to aid inspection and repair programs outlined; doubts about House passage noted. [RYAN - discusses House action potential.]
REPORTER: Bruce Morton
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