CBS Evening News for Monday, May 05, 1980
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(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency reported revealing new regulations for disposal of hazardous waste; details given. Regulations noted announced in Washington, DC because original site for announcement, chemical dump in Elizabeth, New Jersey, blew up last month
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Woburn, Massachusetts) Possible extent of threat to mankind by chemical dumps examined; films shown. [EPA spokesperson Hugh KAUFMAN - says they're finding acute and chronic health effects; elaborates.] Estimated number of locations of toxic waste sites throughout United States noted; most believed operating improperly. Statistics with regard to threat to human health cited. Woburn, Massachusetts, reported worst example of toxic waste hazard in the state; situation there examined in detail. Exorbitant childhood leukemia rate in Woburn noted. [Ann ANDERSON - comments.] Anderson's son Jimmy noted suffering from leukemia; details given. [Massachusetts department public health spokesperson Gerald PARKER - comments.] Comparison of amts. of toxic waste produced by nuclear industry and by chemical industry outlined; EPA's new regulations today quoted. [EPA assistant administration Eckardt BECK - comments.] Percentage of hazardous waste not regulated by new rules cited; Environment Defense Fund's criticism of situation mentioned. [KAUFMAN - notes lack of investigation into link between toxic chemical waste and diseases.] [PARKER - comments.] [Mother of leukemia victim Mary Toomey - comments on son.] New York state health department report's dismissal of deaths caused by hazardous waste contamination detailed; Love Canal mentioned. Report noted questioning economy desirability of reducing cancer cases in situation.
REPORTER: Steve Young