ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 24, 1977
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(Studio) Federal government begins control of drinking water purity and supervision. States will still oversee local systems.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Environmental Protection Agency figs. with regard to illness from tap water in 1976 noted; agency now has supervision over waterworks. Environment Defense Fund mbr., Dr. Robert Harris, says Environmental Protection Agency must have stricter standards, especially in water treatment with chlorine, due to linkage with cancer. [HARRIS - notes bladder cancer connection; says it's general situation over cntry.] Environmental Protection Agency says it will toughen standards when test results in; meanwhile, purity standards will be added to water bills. [EPA deputy administration Barbara BLUM - says agency wants consumer to know what's in water and what rights are.]
REPORTER: Bill Downs
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