CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 01, 1979
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(Studio) Use of chemical 2,4,5-T in defoliants noted. Link between chemical and health problems discussed. Environmental Protection Agency ban on 2,4,5-T reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Defense Department film shown. Presence of 2,4,5-T in Agent Orange, defoliant used in Vietnam, stated. Link between dioxin and health problems cited; continued use of chemical in United States herbicides mentioned. Efforts by OR group, led by Bonnie Hill, to have 2,4,5-T banned reported Environmental Protection Agency announcement of ban on 2,4,5-T and silvex stated. [Deputy Environmental Protection Agency administration Barbara BLUM - states Environmental Protection Agency position.] Conditions of ban detailed. Timber industry and Dow Chemicals noted as questioning Environmental Protection Agency study. [Dow chemical Company spokesperson Dr. Etcyl BLAIR - comments.] Dow reported seeking court injunction to prevent ban.
REPORTER: Barry Serafin
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