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Dioxins and Birth Problems #500282

NBC Evening News for Monday, Aug 21, 1978
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(Studio) Spraying of herbicide 2,4,5-T in Alsea, OR, and subsequent miscarriages by 8 women in area reported Environmental Protection Agency investigation noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Alsea, OR) Use of 2,4,5-T and Silvex in northw. timberland described; dioxins in herbicides noted. Defense Department's halt to use of defoliants containing dioxins during Vietnam war, after learning of dioxins' connections with birth defects, reported Contd. use of dioxins by timber companies and 2 United States government agencies stated. Mrs. Bonnie Hill's action in bringing situation in Alsea to attention of government after she and 7 others had miscarriages that coincided with 2,4,5-T spraying in area detailed. [Mrs. HILL - thinks there's evidence that should be investigated about safety levels of dioxins.] Environmental Protection Agency study cited.
REPORTER: Bill Sternoff

(Studio) Agriculture Department's ban on spraying of 2,4,5-T in certain areas outlined; OR forest industry council reaction noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Savitch, Jessica;
Sternoff, Bill

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