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Watt / Coal Leases #289929

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 25, 1983
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) Controversy surrounding Interior Secretary James Watt's coal leasing program examined; congress criticism of concept outlined on screen, discussed. [National Coal Association spokesperson Rodney F. WEIHER - denies cheap prices to industry] Lack of competitiveness in sales said illustrated by last year's auction in MT's Powder River Basin; details given. House study reported claiming Interior Department shared inside information with company officials before sale, resulting in low sale price. [Environment Policy Center spokesperson Louise DUNLOP - questions stupidity of Interior Department and Watt if their innocence is sincere.] Interior Department's reaction noted.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Rather, Dan;
Spencer, Susan

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