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West Virginia / Union Carbide Leak #305247

CBS Evening News for Monday, Aug 12, 1985
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REPORTER: Charles Kuralt

(Institute, West Virginia) Question about Union Carbide's handling of gas leak here yesterday examined; scenes shown. [Plant manager H.J. KARAWAN - acknowledges delay in company warning officials.] [Ofc. of Emergency Services spokesperson Bill WHITE - cites need for industry to improve itself.] [West Virginia air pollution control board spokesperson Carl BEARD - questions problem with plant's fail safe devices.] Union Carbide reported denying gas that leaked yesterday was dangerous despite 1983 company memorandum indicating gas, aldicarb oxime, and methyl isocyanate (MIC, gas responsible for mass deaths in India) are both known carcinogens. Senator Robert Byrd and Environmental Protection Agency director Lee Thomas mentioned investigating.
REPORTER: Robert Schakne

Kuralt, Charles;
Schakne, Robert

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