ABC Evening News for Friday, May 30, 1980
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(Studio) Pentagon reported denying responsibility for any health problems in Love Canal area; New York state assembly task force recalled concluding that radioactive wastes and other toxic substances were dumped there beginning with end of World War II.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(DC) Pentagon's denial of IN findings outlined. [Defense Deputy Assistant Secretary George MARIENTHAL - states government's case.] Marienthal quoted on screen re: possibility of government involvement; Pentagon said concerned only with Love Canal area itself. [REPORTER - notes larger area in question.] [MARIENTHAL - responds.] [New York Toxic Waste Task Force spokesperson Andrew ROFFE - comments.] [EPA program manager Hugh KAUFMAN - says there's a problem all over country with Defense Department dumping of toxic waste.] Those involved said agreeing on severity of Hooker Chemical Company dumping.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory
(Love Canal, New York) Reaction among Love Canal residents to possibility that government was involved in toxic waste dumping examined. [Fred DOWNS - recalls seeing army personnel burying items.] Downs, a cancer victim, said suing Hooker Chemical Company [Lucinda McCOMBS - describes Army dumping.] Locations at which Army said involved in dumping listed, shown. [Love Canal Homeowners Association Lois GIBBS - comments.] No. of families permanently and temporarily relocated noted.
REPORTER: Rebecca Chase (WKBW film/tape)