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Maine / Dioxin #296354

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Apr 12, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Belgrade, ME) Belgrade noted setting for "On Golden Pond" play; unusually high leukemia rate among town's children outlined. [Linda LAYMAN - describes effort to determine common link between children's leukemia.] [ME human services spokesperson Dr. William NERSESIAN - attributes high rate to statistical cluster.] Discovery that road used by victims has been spread by Trans. Department with 2, 4, 5-T herbicide which contains dioxin, examined. [ME transportation department spokesperson Clyde WALTON - acknowledges all state roads have been sprayed with dioxin for years; is concerned.] 2, 4, 5-T use in Vietnam as compound of Agent Orange recalled; Vietnam films shown. Federal government's evacuation of Times Beach, Missouri, in 1982 due to dioxin contamination recalled. [NERSESIAN - explains not testing for dioxin.] [Environment specialist Dr. Samuel EPSTEIN - considers evidence associating leukemia and dioxin exposure strong; criticizes state's prejudging matter.] Incr. concern statewide over issue noted. [WALTON and RESIDENT - argue issue.] [PEOPLE - are concerned.]
REPORTER: Harold Dow

Dow, Harold;
Rather, Dan

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