ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 10, 1981
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(Studio) Governor Jerry Brown reported relenting in his opposition to aerial spraying of pesticides to eradicate California's Mediterranean fruit fly problem after warning of federal quarantine given by Agriculture Secretary John Block.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(Santa Clara Valley, California) State's effort to combat fruit fly outlined; films shown. [BROWN - announces decision to allow aerial spraying; explains.] Spraying programs, land and aerial, of malathion discussed. [Sarah MOORE - expresses concern for health of family if aerial spraying occurs.] [Sunnyvale Mayor Dianne McKENNA - notes futility of halting aerial spraying.] Issue of malathion's safety discussed. [Medfly project dir. Jerry SCRIBNER - isn't sure if malathion will work at this late date.] Difficulty in eradicating the fruit fly explained. [Fresno farm bureau spokesperson Don ROSENDAHL - reacts to aerial spraying plan.] Impact of fruit fly's spread mentioned.
REPORTER: Stephen Geer (KGO film/tape)
(DC) [Assistant agriculture secretary William McMILLAN - notes possibility of quarantine still exists.] Agriculture Department's concern over magnitude of the infestation cited; threat issued by Agriculture Secretary John Block reported [BLOCK - comments on concern over protection of export market] Size of California's fruit and vegetable ind. outlined; various produce listed on screen.
REPORTER: Ray Nunn
(Studio) Officials from several South states and Puerto Rico reported threatening their own quarantine of California produce; details given. Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson
(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast