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Special Segment (Dangerous Neurotoxins) #543838

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 27, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Columbus, Ohio) Death of Michael Patrick Mulloy and brain damage to David Frehl, Charmaine Pearson and "Daniel" from household neurotoxins noted; dangers posed by such chemicals examined. Photos shown. [Dr. Ken. DAHLGREN - describes functions damaged by neurotoxins.] [PEARSON - describes her plight.] State ban on dangerous art supplies and industry's vol. action as result of Pearson's experience noted; federal government's lack of action mentioned. [Consumer Prods. Safety Commission spokesperson Charles JACOBSON - notes economy ramifications involved in federal ban.] Federal government's sensitivity to balancing econs. and human health illustrated; Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA) reported ignoring government scientists' warnings as result of pols. Painters union mentioned among those suing OSHA for failure to protect workers. [National Paint and Coating Association spokesperson Larry THOMAS - denies proof of connection between neurotoxins and brain damage.] Frehl's brain damage as result of long-term exposure to chemicals in paint noted. [FREHL - describes his current condition.] [Frehl's WIFE - notes effect on family of watching husband deteriorate.] [DAHLGREN - considers extent of problem.] "Daniel" noted speechless quadriplegic after 2 days on construction job where he was exposed to lacquers; death of infant Michael Patrick Mulloy from fumes coming from lacquer on his cradle cited. [Mulloy's MOTHER - reacts to son's death.]
REPORTER: Steve Delaney

Reporter(s):
Brokaw, Tom;
Delaney, Steve
Duration:
00:05:40

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