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Special Segment (The Coal Barons) (Part I) #555240

NBC Evening News for Monday, Mar 02, 1987
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.

(Hardburly, Kentucky: Lisa Myers) Coal companies' abuse of environmental and law for immediate profits in Appalachia and economy and soc. consequences examined; scenes shown. [WOMAN -describes situation.] [Representative Morris UDALL - believes law he wrote in 1970s has been a disaster.] Interior Department's Ofc. of Surface Mining said ignoring law. [Environment attorney L. Thomas GALLOWAY - claims government won't enforce law.] Exs. given of Ofc. of Surface Mining's refusal to enforce regulations. [OSM director Jed CHRISTENSEN - blames flaw in law.] Findings to the contrary by Congress investigators such as Ron Cater cited. [CATER and MINER - discuss latter's alleged independent status.] No. allegedly independent contractors controlled by Pittston Coal Company, Sun Oil, W.R. Grace and Company listed on screen. [Mine inspector James SWART - describes safety violations allowed by OSM.] [CHRISTENSEN - responds.] Inspectors' allegations that OSM has obstructed their work and not enforced law outlined. [SWART - comments.] Amt. in penalties and fees OSM has failed to collect noted. [Jean PHILLIPS - describes destruction of home by landslide caused by local mining operation.] [UDALL - resents situation.]

Brokaw, Tom;
Myers, Lisa

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