CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 08, 1979
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(Studio) Criticism of EPA's investigation of toxic waste sites noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(DC) No. of toxic waste dumps threatening public health according to EPA stated. Resources Conservation and Recovery Act (RECRA) giving EPA authority to deal with situation and EPA's lack of action since implementation of act examined. [Environment Defense Fund Joseph HIGHLAND - criticizes Environmental Protection Agency efforts.] Michigan attorney general Frank Kelley reported filing lawsuit against Hooker Chemical Co for its contamination of area near Montague plant because Environmental Protection Agency wouldn't take action. [KELLEY - notes futility in trying to get Environmental Protection Agency to take action; recalls attempts to involve Environmental Protection Agency and results.] Fin. reasons given as basis of Environmental Protection Agency cutback in hazardous waste sites investigations. [Hazardous waste division, EPA, Hugh KAUFMAN - says he's been told not to find such sites and not to tell public they're being poisoned.] [EPA deputy administration Barbara BLUM - isn't aware of any such directive.] EPA's list of toxic substances said not yet issued and it is limiting in its contents; details given. [HIGHLAND - comments on chemicals excluded from list.] Possible restoration of dangerous substances dropped from list stated. [BLUM - says they didn't anticipate extent of problem.]
REPORTER: Gary Shepard