NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 18, 1969
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(Studio) West Germany bans DDT and other pesticides. United States considers ban on weed killers and defoliants used most in Vietnam. National Insts. Health told 1 chemical produced deformed babies; the other caused fewer birth defects. [Yale Biology Department Dr. Clement MARKERT - says 245T results in many defective births with high dosages. Could work same in humans.] 245T and 24D used in US as weed killers. May ban them here, but not in Vietnam.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley
(South Vietnam) Defoliation missions flown since 1962. 3-gal. herbicides dropped per acre. In 1967, $300,000 paid to civilians for damages. Pentagon orders 245T not to be dropped in populated areas. Village chief says people sick for days after pesticide drop. American medical team say this isn't true. Controversy over pesticides conts.
REPORTER: Liz Trotta