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Tris / House Hearing #48581

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 16, 1977
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(Studio) Congress calls down Consumer Prods. Safety Commission with regard to delay in banning flame-retardant chemical Tris.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) House committee hasn't been happy with Cmsn.'s performance. Today commission chairperson John Byington tries to defend commission's assurance that 3-5 washings will make Tris-treated sleepwear safe. [BYINGTON - intros. daughters.] [Committee chairperson John MOSS - says Byington presume s too much in bringing witnesses before committee Instructs him to answer questions he's been asked.] [BYINGTON - states that his children sleep in previously Tris-treated garments which have been washed.] [Representative Henry WAXMAN - is shocked to think own child has slept in Tris-treated garments and to think commission had to be forced to take action to ban Tris, though Congress gave it power to protect consumers.] Congress is expected to tell commission to get procedures together or let someone else do job.
REPORTER: Bill Matney

Matney, Bill;
Reasoner, Harry

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