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Silicon Valley / Plant Safety #294497

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 22, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(San Jose, California) Concern over worker safety in high tech inds. in California's silicon valley examined; 1980 state of California study on occupational illness in area recalled. [Richard RUNDELL - describes his residual toxic psychosis as result of job.] [Anita ZIMMERMAN, Judy WASHINGTON - describe their respiratory illnesses due to work environmental] Role of highly toxic chemicals in computer chip ind. explained; known effects of such chemicals' fumes on test animals and question of long-term impact on humans considered. [Semiconductor Ind. Association spokesperson Thomas HINKLEMAN - denies danger to employees.] [Dr. Joseph LaDOU - explains source of health risk to employees.] [HINKLEMAN - acknowledges possibility of long-term health problems, but cites lack of evidence.] Ind. noted fighting all workmen's compensation claims. [WASHINGTON - thinks industry's argument is garbage.]
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

Rather, Dan;
Tucker, Lem

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