CBS Evening News for Friday, Feb 16, 1979
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(Studio) Report on case of massive environmental pollution in one of cntry.'s largest metropolitan areas.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Wood-Ridge, New Jersey) Details given about massive case of mercury poisoning in New Jersey, at former site of mercury processing plant where food wholesale warehouse now operates. Mercury levels in area soil and in Berry's Creek, which runs into Hackensack River and Newark Bay, described. Potential health hazards listed. [Toxicologist Morris JOSELOW - comments.] State health officials' tests of area residents noted. [Wood-Ridge resident Frank MENDOLA - describes symptoms father developed on contracting mercury poisoning. Says situation came to light 5 years ago and nothing was done until now.] Residents' chgs. that nothing was done because final plans for sports complex, include site where New York Giants football team plays, were in progress reported; state's denial noted. Lawsuit in case outlined.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard
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