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Dioxin / Oregon Lawsuit #259091

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Aug 01, 1978
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(Studio) Controversy since Vietnam war over effects of defoliate called agent orange and its component, dioxin, noted. Upcoming lawsuit in Allegany, OR, over timber company's use of chemical and woman's allegations that it caused daughter's rare blood disease, ITP, reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Allegany, OR) Defense Department film shown. Use of agent orange during Vietnam war described; agent's makeup given. Govt. ban on agent and recent reports from Vietnam vets of long-term illnesses and birth defects in children noted. Contd. use of these chemicals, in lower levels than agent orange, on forest and farm land in United States reported Use of chemicals by timber developers in area of Millicoma River in Oregon and seepage of chemicals into streams feeding water supply to Allegany, OR, stated. Dioxin's presence found in blood of Angeline Lee cited. [Mother, Rose LEE - says this is only thing that stands out in studies of what affects daughter.] Inconclusive nature of evidence with regard to dioxin's effect on humans and physicians and timber company's refusals to link it to Angeline Lee's disease noted. Company is Weyerhaeuser. [Company spokesperson David SANT - says reports deny connection between ITP and herbicides.] Community's gathering of evidence about spraying and protests against it reported; conditions at Eve Durratt's farm described, incl. similarities in calf's deformities and those of monkey fed dioxin at WI Med. School. Photo shown.
REPORTER: Bill Kurtis


(Studio) President assistant Midge Costanza's resignation reported United Press International report of President Carter's acceptance noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

Kurtis, Bill;
Mudd, Roger

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