NBC Evening News for Tuesday, May 09, 1978
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(Studio) Incidents of unusu. frequent cases of cancer all in one location noted. Special report is on recent such incident in Rutherford, New Jersey.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Rutherford, New Jersey) Background of cancer cluster in Rutherford, New Jersey, given and residents concern described. Special interest in leukemia cases found within Pierpont School detailed. Case of Cleffi family, who lost son and bro., Jimmy, to leukemia mentioned. [WOMEN - state fears about cancer and their children.] Rutherford's proximity to large chemical plant area and New Jersey's lack of anti-pollution laws for chemical plants noted. New Jersey health officials' tests at Pierpont School detailed. Previous cancer clusters studied without cause being found include those in Albany, New York, Houston, Texas, and Niles, Illinois. [CDC (Centers for Disease Control) spokesperson Dr, Clark HEATH - notes that for all research into such clusters, there's little to show.] Mtgs. of Rutherford residents involved in cancer situations and their demand for studies of area reported; names of some participating in mtgs. listed. [WOMEN - cite what they consider unusu. occurrences in city areas where cancer cases have turned up.] [MAN - says government testers will want to do short study, but citizens here want them to make study as long as it takes to find out something.] Probable continued study of Rutherford due to such pressure noted. [Vivian CLEFFI - couldn't live rest of life still questioning child's death.]
REPORTER: Robert Hager
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