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El Paso, Texas,, Pollution #463267

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 28, 1972
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(Studio) Smelting, refining company poisons air with lead. Move of families by city from contaminated area proposed. Children hospitalized for lead poisoning.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(El Paso, Texas) American Smelting and Refining Company accused of poisoning residents with smokestack fumes from copper and lead plant. Residents of Smeltertown, Texas, show signs of lead poisoning. Children more susceptible, due to contamination of soil. Brain damage, death said possibilities. [Dr. Bertram CARNOW - says contamination astronomical.] Company admits existence of problem. Efforts made to combat problem. New plant being built; weather forecasting system installed. [El Paso Mayor Bert WILLIAMS - details extent of problem.] Relocation of Smeltertown residents planned. Federal envtl. specialists survey area.
REPORTER: Roy Neal

(Studio) Suit against company could drag on. Meanwhile, children forced to live with danger from lead poisoning.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Reporter(s):
Chancellor, John;
Neal, Roy
Duration:
00:03:10

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