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Radon Gas Threat #294798

CBS Evening News for Monday, Dec 10, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Health threat to Americans by radon-contaminated homes, leading cause of lung cancer after smoking, examined; Loretta and Joel Nobel's experience cited as example [Loretta SCHWARTZ NOBEL - feared having to destroy home.] [Joel NOBEL - notes chances of them developing lung cancer had they lived in house 20 years and never smoked.] [Health physicist Richard OSWALD - notes public's general ignorance about hazards of radon gas.] Source of radon gas and relationship with hsing. explained, illustrated on screen. [Environment engineer Harvey SAChigh school - fears increase in lung cancer in coming years if current building trends continue.] EPA, aware of danger for years, said deciding against informing public. [EPA of c. of radiation programs spokesperson Sheldon MEYERS - defs. government silence.] 1982 Environmental Protection Agency budget request noted claiming radon is single largest threat to human health of all radiation exposures. [MEYER - professes ignorance about 1982 assessment.] 1984 joint government agency report analyzing radon's dangers outlined on screen. [Representative Claudine SCHNEIDER - accuses Environmental Protection Agency of ignoring radon problem despite receive mandate to investigate.] Random studies conducted across United States illustrated on map. [Lawrence Berkeley lab spokesperson Anthony NERO - considers implications of findings.] [Terradex Corporation spokesperson Ward ALTER - feels government is responsible for informing public of hazards.] Alter mentioned inventing device to measure radon in homes. [Joel NOBEL - notes relative inexpense of ridding home of radon once detected.] [Radon consultant Art SCOTT - describes means of eliminating radon from house ] [Loretta SCHWARTZ-NOBEL - opposes ignoring problems.]

Rabel, Ed;
Rather, Dan

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