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Kepone / Allied Chemical Execs. Trial / Hopewell, Virginia #490066

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 02, 1976
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(Studio) In Alexandria, Virginia, 2 officials of Allied Chemical Company found not guilty of conspiring to violate antipollution laws with regard to Kepone found in James River, Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic coastal waters.
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(Alexandria, Virginia) Charges were against company execs. Frank Piguet and Gerald Williams for conspiring to defraud government, saying Allied not producing Kepone when it was. Execs.' colleague, Virgil Huntople, indicted with 2 but became government witness. Court proceedings noted. Judge Ribert R. Merhige says prosecutor had proved pollution but not conspiracy and dismissed case. Future related suits against Allied and other chemical companies noted.
REPORTER: Bob Kur Artist: Betty Wells

(Hopewell, Virginia) Recap of Kepone contamination at Allied Chemical Company plant here. Cafe owner says incident hurting town. [Bob BRINKLEY - says it's kept manufacturing companies away, hurting employment and life in general] Town needs plants to survive economy, but people worry Kepone has given it bad name.
REPORTER: Carole Simpson

Brinkley, David;
Kur, Bob;
Simpson, Carole

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