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California / Nuclear Waste #272868

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Sep 18, 1980
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(Studio) Nuclear waste off San Francisco Bay reported contaminating human food chain.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(San Francisco, California) Nuclear waste dump off Farallon Island, used from 1950s-1970s, said discovered by Environmental Protection Agency to be leaking radiation into ocean EPA noted remaining silent on matter until accidental discovery of situation by private research scientist. [Dr. Hal ROSS - describes scene.] Ross' further discoveries detailed. [ROSS - comments.] Proximity of some of the radioactive waste to Golden Gate Bridge noted; location of plutonium waste questioned. [Environment West Jackson DAVIS - says radiation is entering fish; explains.] Prognosis for site, a major fishing area as well as dump, reported [San Francisco supr. Quentin KOPP - comments.] EPA's defense of its silence noted; congress investigation said already underway.
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

(Studio) Davis quoted with regard to lack of cases of human poisoning being reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Cronkite, Walter;
Shepard, Gary

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