ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Nov 21, 1984
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(LA) Controversy in south Louisiana over environmental pollution and suspected link to region's cancer rate from toxic waste sites of petrochemical industry examined; industry's econ. history in state noted. [Resident Ruth SHEPARD - fears for future.] [State senate Cliff NEWMAN - claims ints. of private citizens will prevail.] [Oil and gas industry spokesperson William BAILEY - believes industry will be socially responsible.] [Citizens group spokesperson Shirley GOLDSMITH - anticipates environmental holocaust if action isn't taken.] [State department of environmental quality spokesperson Patricia NORTON - notes evidence suggests relationship between industrial sites and high cancer rates.] Cancer rate in region with nation's highest density of petrochemical plants outlined. [Bobby CONNORS - names neighbor dying from cancer.] [Debbie TERRIO - discusses psychological impact of situation.] Terrio's parents mentioned dying from cancer. [CONNORS - doesn't understand what's happening.] [NORTON - describes state's lackadaisical approach to hazardous waste; explains implications for Louisiana ground water supply.] State task force's findings outlined on screen. [Governor Edwin EDWARDS - calls for responsibility by media in light of no one knowing extent of actual problem.] [BAILEY - cites need to determine industry culpability, if any.] Cancer death rate among rural counties with large petrochemical inds. since 1950 graphed on screen. [Council on Econ. Priorities spokesperson Dr. Jay GOULD - thinks government is reluctant to deal with reality.] [CONNORS - notes no one seems to know cause of situation.]
REPORTER: Jay Schadler
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