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CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 11, 1979
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(Studio) House Commerce Committee reported denying authority of proposed Energy Mobilization Bd. to override federal and state clean air and water standards; Congress authorization for resumed construction of Tellico Dam in Tennessee reported Tellico noted threatening extinction of snail darter fish
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Supreme Court ruling more than year ago against Tellico Dam project and in favor of snail darter recalled; committee , ruled by Cecil Andrus, recalled as ruling that dam didn't make good economy sense and should be halted. House TV tape of vote on issue shown; both Houses. of Congress reported exempting Tellico Dam from Endangered Species Act and other federal laws standing in way of its completion. Details given. [Senator Howard BAKER - says it would cost more money to tear dam down than to complete; discusses transfer of snail darter to other breeding grounds.] [Sierra Club spokesperson Jim ELDER - says dam can't be justified for any reason.] Andrus reported urging Carter to veto legislature, stopping project.

Cronkite, Walter;
McManus, Jim

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