NBC Evening News for Thursday, Jun 15, 1978
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(Studio) Supreme Court decision in case of snail darter versus Tennessee dam project reported.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Film of snail darter, endangered species, shown; only known location on Little Tennessee River, in path of dam project. Details given of court decision announced by Chief Justice Burger and dissent read by Justice Powell. Court agreement that if changes in law to be made, Congress must do it, noted.
REPORTER: Carl Stern Artist: Betty Wells
(DC) Pressure to change law, coming from congmen. whose dists. were affected by it, reported; Tellico Dam noted as in Representative John Duncan's district Duncan's support for Tellico exemption from Endangered Species Act stated. [DUNCAN - doesn't think Congress intended law to stop projects already started and nearly complete.] Law was written by Representative John Dingell; his blame of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for continuing to spend money on dam after learning of snail darter controversy noted. [DINGELL - says problem not with law but with administration of agencies in refusing to carry out law. Expected House vote on snail darter on Friday reported.
REPORTER: Chris Wallace
(Studio) Impt. of controversy and of dam project to residents along Little Tennessee River stated.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Loudon, Tennessee) Report on effect of Supreme Court ruling to economy of project area and on reaction of residents. [B.J. BURNS - expresses reaction to ruling.J [Lenoir City Mayor Charles EBLEN - describes effects to area.) [TVA Board chrmn. David FREEMAN - believes project can be speedily concluded and says his major concern is providing Tellico area with jobs and economy benefits promised.]
REPORTER: Jackson Bain
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