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(Studio) Background of DDT use since World War II given; 1972 Environmental Protection Agency ban recalled.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Triana, Alabama) June 5, 1970, film of chemical plant, now closed, manufacturer of DDT shown. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) report with regard to levels of DDT in fish in plant area cited; rejection of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) request with regard to ban on fishing by Alabama officials stated. DDT-contaminated fish said primary food source for residents of Triana, Alabama. [Triana Mayor Clyde FOSTER - comments with regard to racial issue.] CDC (Centers for Disease Control) report with regard to DDT level in Triana residents, include one resident with highest level in medical history, quoted. [Residents Dorothy FOSTER, Joe FLETCHER - comment.] Link with DDT and cancer and reproductive problems in animals and lack of knowledge with regard to chemicals' effect on humans cited.
REPORTER: Bruce Hall
- Cronkite, Walter;
- Hall, Bruce
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