CBS Evening News for Saturday, Mar 22, 1980
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(Studio) Report with regard to mysterious illness in Memphis, Tennessee, introduced
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Memphis, Tennessee) Hollywood Boulevard dump shown. [Environmental Defense Fund spokesperson Ruffin HARRIS - lists illnesses which can be caused by leaking chemicals.] Nearby school, and pig farm owned by Nathan Tennessee noted. Residents of North Memphis said to believe their homes are built on chemical dumps and that these are causing a wide variety of illnesses. [Lena ROCHELLE - complains about a cover-up.] Every household on block of one street said claiming chemical related illness. [Memphis Health Department Dr. Robert RENDTORFF - comments.] Children of Evonda Pounds said to get rash whenever they play in yard. [Dermatologist Dr. E. William ROSENBERG - says he did find evidence of some chemical poisoning, but not which chemical.] Environmental Protection Agency sampling of Pounds' yard for chemicals reported Results given. Stated that Mrs. Pounds contacted USSR embassy and asked that they test her children. [Evonda POUNDS - comments.] [EPA regional administrator Rebecca HANMER - says they have not found any chemical contamination which would cause health problems.] Explained that people living in area cannot sell their houses.
REPORTER: John Sheahan