ABC Evening News for Friday, May 27, 1977
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(Studio) Small Illinois town faces problems caused by industry waste and question of its disposal.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Wilsonville, Illinois) Wilsonville, 11, residents object to burying of sealed drums of PCB near town, on permit issued by state EPA. [MAN - asks what happens if barrels begin leaking.] [WOMAN - says they never had pollution till Environmental Protection Agency came in. ] Waste disposal company's claims with regard to safety noted. [2nd MAN - says some parts of state government have generated more heat than light with regard to site or Wilsonville residents' concerns.] Residents have sued to stop burying; some even talk of violence. [3rd MAN - says violence is possible.] [4th MAN - is ready for violence.] Illinois attorney general William J. Scott visits area and talks with residents; then files own suit to stop disposals. [SCOTT - notes no major disasters so far, but says they're playing with lives of people.] Scott says he hopes suit will stop all such disposals in state; suggests burials be made in West desert land.
REPORTER: Bill Wordham