CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 29, 1979
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(Studio) Request of Environment Defense Fund for Environmental Protection Agency ban of manufacturer and sale of hair dryers using asbestos lining reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Environment Defense Fund report with regard to asbestos danger from hand-held hair dryers outlined; danger said comparable to asbestos levels linked with lung diseases. Details given with regard to types and proliferation of dryers; list of mfrs. and brand names shown on screen. [EDF spokesperson Joseph HIGHLAND - explains detection of asbestos in dryers.] Ind. response quoted. Suspension of sales of asbestos insulated hair dryers by J.C. Penney and Montgomery Ward announced. Consumer Prods. Safety Commission said beginning dryer tests.
REPORTER: Richard Roth
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