NBC Evening News for Saturday, May 17, 1980
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(Studio) Environmental Protection Agency announcement that rare chromosome abnormalities have been found among residents of Love Canal area, built on former chemical dump of Hooker Chemical Company given.
REPORTER: Jane Pauley
(DC) [EPA Deputy Director Barbara BLUM - says they have made preliminary results public because of their alarming nature; calls this one of worst chemical problems discovered in modern society.] [EPA Dr. Stephen GAGE - says chromosome damage is associated with birth defects, cancers and spontaneous abortions.] [Hooker Chemical Company president D.L. BAEDER - criticizes Environmental Protection Agency for publishing results of a preliminary report] EPA estimates of cost of cleaning up Love Canal cited. [BLUM - contrasts cost of remedying Love Canal now and when dump was 1st created.]
REPORTER: Rebecca Sobel
(Niagara Falls, New York) Long battle of Love Canal Homeowners Association re: chemical dump problems noted. Residents said still shaken by results of study. [Resident Phyllis WHITEKNIGHT - says now she has proof cancer is widespread in area.] Need of residents for financial assistance to leave Love Canal area reported Jim and Barbara Quimby family featured. 2 children said to suffer birth defects and mental retardation. [BARBARA - says we have to pay mortgage on home we want to leave and expresses belief that children's problems are result of chem. dump.] Lawsuits against Hooker Chemical Company listed.
REPORTER: Bob Franken
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