CBS Evening News for Friday, Jan 13, 1984
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REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Alturas, Florida) Concern over possible health risks to humans from presence of pesticide ethylene di-bromide (EDB) in most foods examined. [Florida health ofr. Dr. Stephen KING - feels EDB is seriously toxic.] [Polk Cnty. health department spokesperson Don GUTHRIE - indicates contaminated water supplies on map.] Extent of water contamination in Florida outlined. [Theo. PERDUE - cites human need for water.] EPA's lack of action, despite knowledge of EDB's danger to humans since 1977 noted; Florida's efforts to halt further contamination described. [American Farm Bureau spokesperson Bruce HAWLEY - claims evidence of hazard is yet to be presented.] Pervasiveness of EDB in Florida explained. [HAWLEY - cites potential impact on grain farmers.] [EPA director William RUCKELSHAUS - explains agency's stance.] Range of anticipated Environmental Protection Agency guidelines notes.
REPORTER: Steve Kroft
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