CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 30, 1979
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(Studio) Involvement of Hooker Chemical in toxic waste issue at Love Canal recalled.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) Hooker's product of chemical compound C-56 at Montague, Michigan, noted; danger of C-56 detailed. Disposal of chemical and eventual seepage into ground at Hooker plant reported Films shown. [Department Natural Resources James TRUCHAN - calls it the worst environmental situation he's ever encountered.] Contamination of water in area, include nearby White Lake, outlined. Lawsuit against Hooker by state reported; documents revealing Hooker's awareness of problem as early as 1955 noted. [Michigan state attorney general Frank KELLEY - comments.] Admitted violation of air pollution standards for 2 1/2 years at Hooker's White Springs, Florida, plant detailed. [Florida environmental department Jay LANDERS - says company deliberately concealed violations.] Internal documents said revealing pollution of nearby Swift Creek that feeds into Sewanee River Chemical contamination from other Hooker plants in Taft, LA, Columbia, Tennessee, Lathrop, California, Niagara Falls, New York, examined. [Representative Bob ECKHARDT - says much of damage done by Hooker is irreversible.] Hooker's response stated. [Hooker spokesperson Bruce DAVIS - comments.] Justice Department reported undecided with regard to prosecution.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard