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Closeup (Effects of Kepone) #40902

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 02, 1976
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(Studio) Allied Chemical recently fined for pollution of James River in Virginia with Kepone; company now being sued by people affected by pollution.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(No location given) (December 5, 1975, film of interview with Dale Gilbert shown.) [GILBERT - cites effects of Kepone on his health.] Gilbert and others worked at Life Science plant, in Hopewell, Virginia, and were affected by Kepone poisoning; details noted. Pollution of James River noted. [Michael BENDER - notes estimates of amount of Kepone in bottom of river.] Effect noted with regard to fishing in river which was water and food source for 1st English settlement of Jamestown. Has also affected other areas where people depend on river for living; example cited. Pollution of Chesapeake Bay by bluefish noted; fear of poisoning kept fishermen from bay, cutting income of charter boatmen. [Captain Bill THOMAS - says people afraid to fish and eat catch.] [Captain Bud WILEY - notes own decline in trips for August through present.] Research findings of Virginia Institute of Marine Science noted. No one knows for sure amount of Kepone in fish proving harmful. [BENDER - cites belief with regard to risk over period of time with highly contaminated sea food consumption.] Question of what to do with regard to river noted; aftermath of poisoning of 78 Life Science workers noted. Except for Virginia state epidemiologist Robert Jackson, no city, cnty., state or fed. agency took corrective action against Life Science. Kepone remains in river and will be harmful for perhaps 20-30 years
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

Peterson, Roger;
Walters, Barbara

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