CBS Evening News for Sunday, Dec 18, 1983
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(Studio) State of Illinois warning to those fishing in Lake Michigan with regard to presence of cancer-causing agent, chlordane, in water noted. Ntnwide. problem of ind. contaminants in water reported
REPORTER: Morton Dean
(Buffalo, New York) Details given with regard to effects on fish of contaminants in water. Popularity of catching and eating fish noted. [Smithsonian Institution spokesperson Dr. John HARSHBARGER - describes fish with tumors.] Appearance of fish cancer from Puget Sound to Torch Lake, in Michigan, to Hudson River cited. [HARSHBARGER - notes tumor on another fish, from Maryland hatchery.] Tumors said found in such fish as salmon, rainbow trout and catfish. Presence of contaminants like PCB described, with effect on seagulls and migratory birds, noted. Conditions at Buffalo River in west New York described. Research findings at Roswell Park Memorial Institution in Buffalo reported [Researcher Dr. John BLACK - comments.] Canadian government warnings re: eating fish from certain areas cited, in spite of uncertainty with regard to actual effect on humans. [FISHERMAN - comments.] Tracking of Lake Ontario fishermen's health by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont., outlined. [Researcher Dr. Ronald SONSTEGARD - comments.] [MAN - comments on warnings.] Little effect noted on commercial fisheries.
REPORTER: Bill Lynch