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Louisiana / Chemical Accidents #281660

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 16, 1982
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REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Livingston, LA) Evacuation of large number last Saturday due to chemical explosion and fire in Hahnville, LA, recalled. [Unidentified MAN - notes recurring problem.] State's frequent chemical accidents examined; number accidents and number people affected in recent years cited. [Civil Defense spokesperson Bert MADERE - notes frequency of accidents. [Fire-fighter Rodney CAMBRE - comments on impact on life.] Incr. in number of petrochemical plants in state since World War II discussed; Livingston train derailment and resulting 2-wk. chemical fire recalled. [Livingston resident Joe ARABIE - doesn't want to put up with situation.] [Governor David TREEN - isn't satisfied with state's past record of enforcing safety regulations.] [Environment Ross VINCENT - thinks Louisiana could be safer; wants penalties as incentive to better performance.] Criticism of state's safety standards noted. [Former federal health official Dr. Victor ALEXANDER - believes Livingston situation required additional info. before returning residents to homes.] Details of Livingston case recalled. [PEOPLE - discuss safety of food.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews

Andrews, Wyatt;
Rather, Dan

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