CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 11, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather
(Portsmouth, Ohio) Possibility Energy Department's uranium plant near Cincinnati, Ohio, has contaminated region and workers examined; films shown. Congress study's findings on amount of uranium leaked by plant into environment in recent years noted. [Senator John GLENN - criticizes situation; describes severity of plant's leaks.] [Feb. 21, 1985, Elisa CRAWFORD - notes plant never informed town it had contaminated drinking water supply.] Elisa and Ken Crawford mentioned part of class action suit. [Elisa CRAWFORD - notes implications for family's future.] [Energy Department spokesperson Ronald COCHRAN - claims lack of evidence indicating health damage.] [Retired workers Rufus NAPIER, Charlie DELPH, Clyde LEDFORD - describe operators' failure to inform them of dangers, their overexposure to radiation.] Health problems of each described. [LEDFORD - recalls having uranium dust dumped on him.] [COCHRAN - conts. government jargon.] Elevated risk of respiratory problems and digestive cancer said found by Energy Department [NAPIER - notes inability to pay medical bills.] [Charlie BISSON - recalls illness after ingesting uranium during accidents.] Her experiences said common.
REPORTER: Ed Rabel