CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 05, 1984
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(Studio) Death toll in poison gas leak in Bhopal, India, reported continuing to rise; details given.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(New Delhi, India) Officials' effort to cope with widening disaster examined; films shown. Concerns over health risks posed to survivors from unburied corpses, animal and human, noted. Questions arising over death toll outside the plant versus inside, and Indian government's role in allowing proximity of residential neighborhoods discussed. [Dr. Robert BRADNOCK - feels state government in Bhopal is as culpable as Union Carbide; explains.]
REPORTER: Wyatt Andrews
(NYC) Scope of disaster, include long-term health problems for survivors, discussed. [Dr. Yves ALARIE - notes lack of antidote or treatment for this chemical.] Incident said worst industrial accident in history. [Union Carbide safety director Jackson BROWNING - cites inability to determine cause of leak yet.] National Safety Council mentioned pointing out that chemical industry has lowest accident rate of any industry in US; chemical accidents in Nebraska and New Jersey this year recalled. Films shown. [October 6, MAN - describes symptoms from New Jersey spill.] Possibility of leak such as that in India occurring in United States considered. [EPA spokesperson Hugh KAUFMAN - claims Americans are no safer than Indians.] [MIT spokesperson Harley SHAIKEN - agrees.] [R.G. HAINES - was stunned at Bhopal catastrophe.] Haines mentioned one of methyl isocyanate's developers.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg