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Niagara Falls Chemical Dump Issue / North Carolina PCB Dumping Probe #259491

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 09, 1978
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(Studio) Recent attention given to situation in Niagara Falls, New York, due to chemical waste seepage from dumping ground near old Love Canal area recalled. Possibility of more such cases noted.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(DC) Environmental Protection Agency photos shown. Details given about industry chemical dumping at present and lack of federal or state laws with regard to such dumping until 1979. EPA discoveries of cases similar to Love Canal case in last few years reported [EPA spokesperson Steffan PLEHN - discusses other cases of dumping creating human health hazard.] Precedent-setting declaration of Love Canal situation as federal emergency, in that it is strictly man-made disaster, stated.
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(Studio) Report on more modern methods of disposing of poison chemicals in Niagara Falls area.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Niagara Falls, New York) Niagara Falls' fame for Falls itself noted. Impt. of area as one of nation's biggest chemical product centers, meaning Niagara Cnty. has one of largest chemical dumping ground concentration in cntry., stated. No. of companies on Buffalo Dr. along Niagara River mentioned. Extent of Love Canal disaster and reasons for it detailed; concerns that it may happen again reported President Carter's declaration of federal emergency here cited. [EPA spokesperson Eckardt BECK - says people must realize that unsafe disposal methods have been used for years and are bound to create problems.] New, stricter laws in Niagara Falls area re: disposal of chemical waste outlined. [Cnty. environmental department spokesperson Ernest GEDEON - describes preparation of land for waste disposal.] Landfill operated by Newco Chemical Waste Systems Company mentioned.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) North Carolina suspicion that all dangers of chemical waste aren't necessarily product of local community reported.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Charlotte, North Carolina) North Carolina state officials' efforts to discover who apparently intentionally dumped PCB along roads in at least 6 counties in state outlined. [State resources department spokesperson Howard LEE - reports states' position and belief that spills are intentional.] Speculation that trucks may be dumping PCB in order that firms may avoid expense of incineration of PCB, as required by federal law, examined; letter from deputy commander of North Carolina highway patrol, mentioning possibility of trucks from Connecticut or New Jersey being involved, quoted.
REPORTER: Don Goodwin (WBT, Charlotte)

Reporter(s):
Goodwin, Don;
Mudd, Roger;
Shepard, Gary;
Tucker, Lem
Duration:
00:06:40

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