NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 16, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced.; Exxon mentioned.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(No location given) Florida Power and Light Company's special permission to burn high-polluting fuel due to President Carter's suspension of Clean Air Act for entire state of Florida in April reported; details given. Emergency in Florida said direct result of change in operations by Exxon at their Aruba plant in the Caribbean; situation examined. [Exxon spokesperson Ed HESS - discusses co. decision to cut product of low-polluting fuel.] Apparent diversion of fuel from United States to Europe by Exxon examined. [HESS - comments.] Results of study on tanker mvts. out of Aruba refinery, done by Lloyds of London, detailed; discrepancy between Exxon's claim of not enough fuel to make low-sulfur product and amount being diverted to other ntns. noted. Hess quoted on screen Exxon said refusing interview after Lloyd's study revealed. Discovery of shipments sold to unnamed international companies rather than Florida Power and Light detailed. [Exxon International spokesperson A.K. WOLGAST - discusses situation; says United States customers don't get priorities]. Possible impact on Florida Power and Light had diverted shipments been sent to United States rather than Europe considered; public hearings in Florida with regard to Exxon said include Exxon spokesperson who failed to mention diverting of shipments from Aruba to Europe. [American Lung Association spokesperson David GLUCKMAN - comments on environmental standards.] Control of Exxon considered.
REPORTER: Brian Ross