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CBN NewsWatch: August 6, 2013

On CBN Newswatch, Aug. 6: State Department evacuates US Embassy in Yemen; George W. Bush has heart surgery; Chinese underground church hero dies at 88; and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH," A

NEW ERA OF PEACE OR AN EVEN

MORE DANGEROUS THREAT?

WHY ISRAEL SAYS IRAN'S NEW

PRESIDENT IS A WOLF IN

SHEEP'S CLOTHING.

Wendy: PLUS, IT'S

LOADED WITH DEADLY TOXIC

METALS, YET IT IS STORED

NEXT DOOR TO PEOPLE'S

HOMES.

WHY COAL ASH COULD BE

PUTTING THEIR LIVES AT

RISK.

George: AND HE HAD A

HUGE IMPACT ON THE WORLD'S

BIGGEST COUNTRY, BUT YOU'VE

PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF

HIM.

WE CELEBRATE A HERO OF

CHINA'S UNDERGROUND CHURCH.

ALL THIS AND MORE TONIGHT ON

"NEWSWATCH."

THE STATE DEPARTMENT HAS

ORDERED U.S. EMBASSY

PERSONNEL IN YEMEN TO GET

OUT OF THE COUNTRY.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYONE, I'M

GEORGE THOMAS.

Wendy: AND I'M WENDY

GRIFFITH.

IT IS THE LATEST RESPONSE TO

THE al-QAEDA THREATS THAT

HAVE TRIGGERED TEMPORARY

SHUTDOWNS AT 19 AMERICAN

EMBASSIES ACROSS THE MIDDLE

EAST AND AFRICA.

BUT YEMEN SAYS THE WHITE

HOUSE HAS OVER REACTED.

DALE HERD HAS TONIGHT'S TOP

STORY.

Reporter: UNDER THE

COVER OF DARKNESS AND HIGH

SECURITY, THE U.S. HAS NOW

EVACUATED ALMOST ALL OF IT'S

PERSONNEL FROM YEMEN ON AN

AIR FORCE C-17.

A SENIOR U.S. OFFICIAL SAYS

AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI DIRECTED

THE HEAD OF AL-QAEDA IN

YEMEN TO CARRY OUT A BIG

ATTACK WITH SIGNIFICANCE.

UMAR FAROUK ABDULMUTALLAB IS

BEHIND THE UNDERWEAR BOMB.

THIS GROUP IS FAIRLY

INGENIUS AND FAIRLY BOLD AND

ARGUE TO CAUSE DAMAGE.

Reporter: U.S.

INTELLIGENCE INTERCEPTED

COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE

TWO al-QAEDA LEADERS.

THAT PROMPTED THE WAVE OF

EMBASSY CLOSURES THROUGHOUT

THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, AND

SOUTH ASIA.

THE INITIAL TARGET IS

BELIEVED TO BE THE U.S.

EMBASSY IN YEMEN.

BUT OTHER AMERICAN AND

WESTERN FACILITIES COULD

ALSO BE ON THE TARGET LIST.

INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS

BELIEVE TRUCKS HAVE BEEN

PACKED WITH EXPLOSIVES TO

CARRY OUT THE ATTACK IN

YEMEN, AND A SEARCH FOR THE

TRUCKS HAS ALREADY BEGUN.

YEMEN IS A COUNTRY THAT

DOESN'T HAVE A VERY STRONG

CENTRAL GOVERNMENT, AND

THERE HAS BEEN LOTS OF TER

FOR FOR THE GROUP TO -- FOR

THE TERRITORY TO OPERATE

IN.

Reporter: A DRONE

STRIKE WAS REPORTED IN YEMEN

OVERNIGHT, THE FOURTH THIS

PAST WEEK.

YEMENI OFFICIALS SAY THE

DRONE FIRED A MISSILE AT A

CAR CARRYING FOUR MEN,

SETTING IT ON FIRE AND

KILLING THEM.

THE GOVERNMENT OF YEMEN HAS

CRITICIZED THE UNITED STATES

AND BRITAIN FOR EVACUATING

EMBASSY STAFF, SAYING IT

SERVES THE INTERESTS OF THE

EXTREMISTS.

THE U.S. AMBASSADOR TO YEMEN

IS ALREADY IN WASHINGTON,

AND IT IS UNLIKELY HE WILL

RETURN TO THE MIDDLE EAST

ANY TIME SOON.

DALE HERD, CBN NEWS.

George: THE TRIAL OF

THE ME MAN ACCUSED IN THE

FORT HOOD MASSACRE FINALLY

GOT UNDER WAY TODAY.

MAJOR NIDAL HASAN IS ACTING

HIS OWN LAWYER.

HE TOLD THE JURY, QUOTE,"THE

EVIDENCE WILL SURELY SHOW

THAT I AM THE SHOOTER."

BUT SAYS WE ARE TRYING TO

ESTABLISH THE PERFECT

RELIGION.

I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY MISTAKES

I MADE IN THIS ENDEAVOR.

LATER IN THE TRIAL, HASAN

WILL GET TO QUESTION HIS OWN

VICTIMS ON THE STAND.

HE JUMPED UP, PULLED HIS

WEAPON, YELLED ALLAHU AKBAR,

AND STARTED FIRING ON

INNOCENT, DEFENSELESS

SERVICE MEMBERS.

George: THE MILITARY IS

STILL CLASSIFYING THE

TERRORIST RAMPAGE AS

WORK-PLACE VIOLENCE.

THE ARMY SECRETARY SAYS

CALLING IT TERRORISM WOULD

LIMIT THEIR ABILITY TO BRING

THE CASE TO TRIAL, BUT

SURVIVORS SAY IT KEEPS THEM

FROM RECEIVING THE SAME

MEDICAL BENEFITS AS COMBAT

VICTIMS.

BEFORE THE ATTACK, HASAN

SENT MORE THAN A DOZEN

E-MAILS TO al-QAEDA

TERRORIST ANWAR AL-WACKI,

WHICH HE CALLED HIS TEACHER

AND FRIEND.

Wendy: AN EVEN WORSE

THREAT IS GROWING IN PLAIN

SIGHT, NUCLEAR WEAPONS IN

EASTERN.

EASTERN'S NEW PRESIDENT TOOK

OFFICE OVER THE WEEKEND.

HE IS SUPPOSEDLY A MODERATE,

BUT ISRAEL WARNS HE IS THE

SAME THREAT WRAPPED IN A NEW

PACKAGE.

EPHRAIM GRAHAM HAS MORE.

Reporter: HE IS A

FORMER TOP NUCLEAR

NEGOTIATOR FOR IRAN, AND ON

HIS FIRST DAYS IN OFFICE, HE

IS TRYING TO DO JUST THAT.

PRESIDENT HASIM RAHKMAN

SPOKE IN AN OPEN SESSION,

TELLING THE WEST, THE WAY TO

DEAL WITH IRAN IS THROUGH

BUILDING TRUST AND RESPECT,

NOT THROUGH SANCTIONS.

BUT THE U.S. SAYS IRAN MUST

FIRST DO ITS PART WHEN IT

COMES TO ITS NUCLEAR

PROGRAM.

IN A STATEMENT, JAY CARNEY

SAID, QUOTE,"SHOULD THIS NEW

GOVERNMENT CHOOSE TO ENGAGE

TO MEET A SUBSTANTIAL

AGREEMENT, IT WILL MEET A

WILLING PARTNER WITH THE

UNITED STATES."

THIS IS SOMETHING ISRAEL

IS WARNING, NOT ONLY FOR

ISRAEL'S SAKE, BUT FOR THE

REGION, THE WEST, AND

SPECIFICALLY HERE IN THE

UNITED STATES, THAT THEY'RE

WARNING THAT IRAN'S NUCLEAR

THREAT IS A THREAT TO THE

WORLD.

Reporter: TEHRAN DENIES

THAT, SAYING THAT THE

URANIUM IS USED FOR ENERGY

AND OTHER PEACEFUL

PURPOSES.

ISRAEL WARNS, THOUGH, THE

PRESIDENT OF IRAN MAY HAVE

CHANGED, BUT THE ROLE OF THE

REGIME IS STILL THE SAME.

A AHMADINEJAD WAS A

WOLF, BUT THIS NEW PRESIDENT

IS A WOLF IN SHEEP'S

CLOTHING.

IRAN'S INTENTION IS TO

DEVELOP NUCLEAR WEAPONS,

WHO'S PURPOSE IS TO DESTROY

ISRAEL.

Reporter: HE SAYS

RUHANI'S INTENTIONS WERE

MADE CLEAR JUST BEFORE HIS

INAUGURATION.

HE ATTENDED A

PRO-PALESTINIAN HOLIDAY,

WHERE PEOPLE CHANTED DEATH

TO ISRAEL.

THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE

BETWEEN HIM AND HIS

PREDECESSORS.

HE, HIMSELF, SAID ONCE AGAIN

THAT ISRAEL HAS NO RIGHT TO

EXIST, AND I WOULD LIKE TO

BELIEVE THAT THE COMMUNITY

WOULD REALIZE THAT TO DEAL

WITH RUHANI IS TO DEAL WITH

ADEAL WITH THE SAME.

George: SENATORS WILL

BE ABLE TO STAY IN THEIR

CURRENT HEALTH CARE SYSTEM,

AND THEY'LL GET A

TAXPAYER-FUNDED CONTRIBUTION

TO PAY FOR THEIR HEALTH

PLANS.

IT WAS BECAUSE OF A DEAL

THAT WAS WORKED OUT BEFORE

THEY WENT ON VACATION FOR

FIVE ES WEEKS.

WEEKS.

Wendy: FORMER PRESIDENT

GEORGE W. BUSH UNDERWENT A

PROCEDURE TO PLACE A STENT

IN HIS HEART.

A STINT IS A MESH

SCAFFOLDING THAT PROPS OPEN

ARTERIES THAT ARE CLOGGED BY

YEARS OF PLAQUE BUILDUP.

PRESIDENT BUSH'S PROCEDURE

WAS SUCCESSFUL, AND HE IS

EXPECTED TO BE DISCHARGED

FROM THE HOSPITAL TOMORROW.

George: PRESIDENT OBAMA

WANTS TO END

GOVERNMENT-BACKED MORTGAGES

BY SHUTTING DOWN FANNIE MAE

AND FREDDIE MAC.

HE IS CALLING FOR PHASING

OUT THE TWO ENTITIES OVER

TIME.

THE GOVERNMENT SPENT A

WHOPPING $187 BILLION TO

BAIL THEM OUT FIVE YEARS AGO

TO STEM THE FALLOUT FROM THE

2008 FINANCIAL COLLAPSE.

FANNIE MAE AND FREDDIE MAC

OWN OR SECURE MORE THAN HALF

OF ALL MORTGAGES IN THE

UNITED STATES.

THE NEW PLAN WILL CALL FOR

BACKING MORTGAGE SECURITIES

WITH PRIVATE FUNDS.

Wendy: THE MAN WHO

FOUNDED amazon.com IS NOW

BUYING ONE OF THE BIGGEST

NAMES IN AMERICAN

NEWSPAPERS.

BILLIONAIRE JEFF BEZOS HAS

STRUCK A DEAL TO BUY THE

"WASHINGTON POST" AND OTHER

NEWSPAPERS FOR

$250 MILLION.

THE DEAL CAME AS A COMPLETE

SURPRISE.

THE POST, LIKE MOST

NEWSPAPERS, HAS BEEN LOSING

READERS AND AVERTISERS TO

THE INTERNET.

BEZOS RECENTLY PREDICTED

THAT PRINTED NEWSPAPERS

WOULD BE A THING OF THE PAST

IN 20 YEARS.

BUT ANALYSTS ARE ALREADY

SPECULATING ON HOW HE MIGHT

HELP THE POST MAKE MONEY.

George: A SAD STORY TO

REPORT HERE, TWO YOUNG BOYS

IN CANADA HAVE BEEN KILLED

BY AN ESCAPED PYTHON.

THE 5-YEAR-OLD AND

7-YEAR-OLD BROTHERS WERE

ASLEEP IN AN APARTMENT ABOVE

THE STORE WHERE THE DEADLY

SNAKE WAS KEPT.

IT MANAGED TO ESCAPE ITS

ENCLOSURE, CRAWLED INTO A

DUCT, AND THEN FELL INTO THE

ROOM WHERE THE BOYS WERE

SLEEPING.

IT COILED ITSELF AROUND

THEM, SMOTHERING THEM IN

THEIR SLEEP.

THE POLICE CAUGHT THE SNAKE

AND SAY IT WILL BE

DESTROYED.

Wendy: WELL, COMING UP,

A GIANT OF THE FAITH PASSES

FROM THIS LIFE.

WE REMEMBER THE REMARKABLE

LEGACY OF A CHINESE

UNDERGROUND PASTOR.

Wendy: YOU MAY NOT KNOW

THE NAME SAMUEL LAMB, BUT HE

WAS A HERO OF THE CHRISTIAN

FAITH FOR MILLIONS OF

BELIEVERS INSIDE AND OUTSIDE

OF CHINA.

HE PASSED AWAY ON

AUGUST 3rd AT THE AGE OF

88.

HE WAS ARRESTED DURING ONE

OF THE FIRST WAVES OF

PERSECUTION IN MAO CHINA IN

THE 1950s.

SHE SPENT 30 YEARS IN LABOR

CAMPS.

AFTER HE RELEASE, HE FORMED

A HOUSE CHURCH AND BECAME

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL

LEADERS OF CHINA'S

UNDERGROUND CHURCH

MOVEMENT.

ONE OF HIS FAVORITE THEMES

IS WHAT HE CALLED THE HOLY

PRINCIPLE OF MORE

PERSECUTION AND MORE

GROWTH.

George: JOINING US IS

GARY LANE, AND HE, IN FACT,

MET PASTOR SAMUEL LAMB.

A SIGNIFICANT PLAYER IN THE

UNDERGROUND CHURCH

MOVEMENT?

YES.

HE AND ALLEN WERE PROBABLY

THE LARGEST INFLUENCERS IN

THE 1950s.

HE AND HE SAID, NO, WE'RE

NOT GOING TO FALL UNDER THE

INFLUENCE OF THE COMMUNIST

CHURCH.

WE'RE GOING TO MAINTAIN OUR

ALLEGIANCE TO THE LORD.

George: HE SPENT 20

YEARS IN PRISON, AND YET HE

DIDN'T SEE PERSECUTION AS A

BAD THING.

NO, HE DIDN'T.

I ASKED HIM ABOUT THAT

THING.

I SAID, PASTOR, TELL ME

ABOUT THE PERSECUTION.

HOW DO YOU VIEW THIS?

HE SAID BEFORE I WENT TO

PRISON THE FIRST TIME, WE

HAD 200 MEMBERS, AND WHEN I

GOT OUT, IT HAD GROWN TO 900

MEMBERS.

AND THEN THE CHINESE

AUTHORITIES CAME AND

CONFISCATED THE CHURCH, AND

HE SAID THEN IT HAD GROWN TO

2,000 MEMBERS.

HE SMILED AT ME AND

SAID, "PERSECUTION GOOD FOR

THE CHURCH."

George: YOU HAVE MET

HIM PERSONALLY, AND YOU

RECOUNT A PARTICULAR

INCIDENT, AND TELL US WHAT

HE WAS LIKE?

YOU SAW THE JOY OF THE

LORD ON HIS FACE, AND THAT

SMILE HE WAS KNOWN FOR.

JUST A KIND AND GENTLEMAN,

VERY COMPASSIONATE, BUT VERY

STRONG IN HIS FAITH.

AND HE OFTEN PREACHED ABOUT

JOB.

AND HE WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW,

JOB SUFFERED, BUT WE CAN

OVERCOME ANYTHING THAT THE

ENEMY THROWS AT US, AND THIS

CHURCH WILL GROW.

AND HE INSISTED ON

MAINTAINING HIS ALLEGIANCE

TO AN UNDERGROUND CHURCH NOT

DIRECTED BY THE COMMUNIST

AUTHORITIES.

George: WHAT IS HIS

LEGACY?

I THINK HIS LEGACY IS

STANDING FIRM IN THE FAITH,

THAT OVERCOMING FAITH AND

THE CHURCH GROWING AND

MAINTAINING ITS ALLEGIANCE

TO GOD FIRST AND FOREMOST,

RATHER THAN THE STATE.

AND I THINK HE HAS ALSO

SCHOOLED MANY YOUNG PEOPLE

WHO HAVE RISEN UP AND WILL

LEAD THE CHURCH IN THE

FUTURE.

George: TO THAT POINT,

HE HAS TRAINED A LOT OF THE

UPCOMING GENERATION.

CERTAINLY.

George: TALK ABOUT THE

FUTURE OF THE CHINESE CHURCH

TODAY AS OPPOSED TO MAO?

IT IS BRIGHT.

I DON'T THINK WE'RE SEEING

THE PERSECUTION THAT LAMB

SAW IN THE '50s AND

'60s.

BUT THE CHURCH IS GOING TO

GROW.

MORE PERSECUTION, AND MORE

GROWTH.

IT WILL HAPPEN.

George: EVEN THOUGH

THERE ISN'T THAT MUCH

PERSECUTION, TODAY YOU ARE

EXCITED ABOUT THE NUMBERS OF

PEOPLE TURNING TO THE LORD

IN CHINA?

AT LEAST 80 MILLION,

MAYBE 100 MILLION.

MANY EVERY DAY COMING

BECAUSE OF THE WORK OF MEN

LIKE SAMUEL LAMB.

WHAT A BLESSING HE WAS.

George: I KNOW YOU

COUNT IT AS A PRIVILEGE TO

HAVE MET HIM?

YES.

George: WE WENDY?

Wendy: UP NEXT, IT IS

CALL FLY ASH AND IT FLOATS

IN THE AIR.

WHAT EXACTLY IS FLY ASH AND

IS IT A PUBLIC HEALTH

THREAT?

George: AND WELCOME

BACK TO THE BROADCAST.

WHEN YOU BURN COAL AT POWER

PLANTS, IT PRODUCES A

BY-PRODUCT KNOWN AS FLY

ASH.

Wendy: MANY TIMES IT

ISN'T PROPERLY STORED AND IT

CAN GET OUT INTO THE

SURROUNDING AREA.

AND AS MARK MARTIN FOUND

OUT, IT CAN LEAD TO HEALTH

CONCERNS.

Reporter:

NOVEMBER 22nd, 2008, THE

KINGSTON FOSSEL PLANT

SUFFERED A MAJOR FLY ASH

SPILL.

THE WASTE COVERED HUNDREDS

OF ACRES WEST OF KNOXVILLE,

RESULTING IN THE EVACUATION

OF A NEARBY AREA, AND

DAMAGED A NATURAL GAS LINE,

DISRUPTED POWER AND

TRANSPORTATION.

IN THE AFTERMATH, TV A.

ENDED UP BUYING 180

PROPERTIES AND HOUSES

AFFECTED BY THE SPILL AND

RECOVERY EFFORT.

THEY HAUL OFF THE LAST

REMAINING PRODUCTS FROM THE

ASH SPILL.

IT RELEASED 1.5 CUBIC YARDS

OF FLY ASH, AND THE

300 ACRES SURROUNDING THE

PLANT.

THE LAND RECEIVED A BIG-TIME

MAKEOVER, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE

EFFECTS OF THE FLY ASH ON

THE HEALTH OF PEOPLE AND THE

ENVIRONMENT.

ACCORDING TO THE T.B.A. IT

IS NOT A PROBLEM.

WE LOOK TO INDEPENDENT

STUDIES AND THEY HAVE

DETERMINED IN THOUSANDS AND

THOUSANDS OF SAMPLES, THAT

THERE IS NO HARM TO HUMAN

HEALTH AS A RESULT OF THE

ELEMENTS THAT ARE IN COAL

ASH.

BUT I UNDERSTAND THAT PEOPLE

ARE WORRIED, AND PERHAPS

THERE ARE OTHER ISSUES AND

THEY NEED TO CHECK WITH

THEIR PHYSICIAN.

Reporter: TELL THAT TO

WORRIED RESIDENTS LIVING

NEAR FLY ASH IN

PENNSYLVANIA.

SONNY MARKUS LIVES IN

LAYBEL, AND THERE IS THE

RUMBLE OF LARGE TRUCKS

HAULING THE ASH.

HE TOLD CBN NEWS THE

SUBSTANCE AROUND HIS

PROPERTY THAT HAS BEEN

TESTED AND PROVEN TO BE FLY

ASH.

THIS IS IN THE BACK OF

THE HOUSE.

YOU CAN SEE, IT IS ALL OVER

EVERYWHERE.

Reporter: SONNY SAYS HE

AND HIS WIFE HAVE BATTLED

CANCER AND HE HAS ASTHMA.

I CERTAINLY DON'T BELIEVE

THAT IT IS HELPING ME,

ESPECIALLY LIKE WHEN I COME

OUT HERE AND MY EYES BEGIN

TO WATER.

I CAN TASTE FOUL THINGS.

AND I SEE DUST THAT IS

COMING FROM THE DUMP UP

THERE.

Reporter: THE PRIMARY

CONCERN FOR RESIDENTS OF

LAYBEL, PENNSYLVANIA, IS

WHAT IS CALLED FUGITIVE

DUST.

THEY SAY BECAUSE THE FLY ASH

IS NOT CONTAINED PROPERLY,

THE WIND BLOWS IT INTO THEIR

COMMUNITIES, COATING THEIR

PROPERTIES AND AFFECT ARE

THEIR HEALTH.

SONNY'S NEIGHBORS TELL CBN

NEWS THEY'RE BOTH ON KIDNEY

DIALYSIS.

IT ATE THE ROOF OFF OF MY

HOUSE.

IF IT DID THAT, WHAT IS IT

DOING TO THE INSIDES OF MY

BODY?

BREATHING, I'M COUGHING, AND

MY EYES ARE BURNING.

I CAN'T GO OUTSIDE AND SIT.

Reporter: IMA'S

HUSBAND, RUDY, BELIEVES FLY

ASH IS PARTLY TO BLAME FOR

THE DEATH OF HIS FRIEND, WHO

IS ONLY 56 YEARS OLD.

I WANT THIS COMMUNITY TO

BE CLEANED UP.

I'M TIRED OF SEEING OUR

FRIENDS IN THIS COMMUNITY

DIE.

MY FRIEND DIED FROM CANCER.

Reporter: THE NATION'S

LARGEST COAL ASH IMPOUNDMENT

IS ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF

NORTH OF LAYBEL.

DESPITE ITS MASSIVE SIZE, IT

IS KNOWN AS LITTLE BLUE RUN

AND SITS ON THE

PENNSYLVANIA, WEST VIRGINIA

BORDER.

LIKE THE RESIDENTS IN

LAYBEL, HOMEOWNERS HERE SAY

HEALTH ISSUES ARE

PREVALENT.

SABRINA TELLS CBN NEWS SHE

KNOWS A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO

ARE SICK AND SHE BLAMES FLY

ASH.

I WOULD SAY ABOUT 83, FOR

SURE.

AND I BELIEVE IT IS ALL

HEALTH PROBLEMS.

WHETHER IT IS CANCER OR IT'S

LUNG -- SIMPLE SINUS ISSUES,

ASTHMA, WHICH IS LUNG.

YOU KNOW, SKIN RASHES THAT

ARE JUST -- THAT JUST APPEAR

FOR NO REASON.

Reporter: MARCY HUGHES

LIVES NEAR LITTLE BLUE RUN.

DOCTORS DIAGNOSED HER

DAUGHTER WITH HODGKINS

DISEASE, A CANCER OF THE

LYMPHATIC SYSTEM.

SHE BELIEVES FLY ASH IS

CONNECTED.

WHEN WE WENT TO A

PHYSICIAN IN PITTSBURGH'S,

HE ASKED US POINTBLANK, WHAT

WERE WE DOING IN BEAVER

COUNTY.

Reporter: A

SEPTEMBER 2010 REPORT BY

PHYSICIANS FOR SOCIAL

RESPONSIBILITY AND EARTH

JUSTICE STATES, QUOTE,"COAL

ASH COMMONLY CONTAINS SOME

OF THE WORLDS DEADLIEST

DEADLIEST TOXIC METALS,

ARSENIC, LED, CADMIUM, AND

SELSELLENIUM."

THE REPORT GOES ON TO SAY

"IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO

INJURY ALL OF THE MAJOR ORG

SYSTEMS, DAMAGE PHYSICAL

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT, AND

EVEN CONTRIBUTE TO

MORTALITY."

LISA IS AN ADVOCATE FOR THE

PEOPLE LIVING NEAR LAYBEL

AND LITTLE BLUE RUN.

AND IF SOMEONE WHO HAS

VISITED AND REALLY SPENT

LOTS OF TIME WITH FOLKS IN

THESE NEIGHBORHOODS, WHO ARE

LIVING NEAR THESE SITES,

THERE SEEMS TO BE A PATTERN

THAT DEVELOPS THAT MAKES YOU

WONDER, IS THERE A

CORRELATION BETWEEN IT?

AT THIS POINT WE DON'T KNOW,

BUT AT THIS POINT WE SHOULD

BE ERRING ON THE SIDE OF

PRECAUTION.

Reporter: SHE AND

OTHERS WANT THE E.P.A. TO

ESTABLISH FEDERAL MINIMUM

STANDARDS FOR ALL 50 STATES

TO PROTECT THE HEALTH OF

PEOPLE AND THE ENVIRONMENT.

THEY INCLUDE LINING FLY ASH

DUMPS, AS WELL AS COVERING

THEM DAILY, PUTTING TARPS

OVER THE TRUCKS THAT HAUL

THE ASH.

FULL DISCLOSURE OF

POLLUTANTS IN THE ASH.

THE FACING OUT OF WET

STORAGE PONDS LIKE LITTLE

BLUE RUN AND CONTINUOUS

MONITORING AT THE DUMP

SITES.

WE NEED TO SAY MAYBE THE

COST OF DOING BUSINESS

INCLUDES HEALTHY PROTECTIONS

FOR EVERYONE, WORKERS AND

PEOPLE WHO SHARE THE FENCE

LINE.

Reporter: THE

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

AGENCY OFFICIALLY CONSIDERS

FLY ASH NON-HAZARDOUS WASTE,

EVEN THOUGH, IT'S WEBSITE

ACKNOWLEDGES FLY ASH

CONTAINS,

QUOTE,"CONTAMINANTS LIKE

MERCURY, CADMIUM, AND

ARSENIC, ASSOCIATED WITH

CANCER AND OTHER SERIOUS

HEALTH EFFECTS."

IT GOES ON TO SAY,

"E.P.A.'s RISK ASSESSMENT

DEMONSTRATES WITHOUT PROPER

PROTECTION, THESE

CONTAMINANTS CAN LEECH INTO

GROUND WATER AND OFTEN

MIGRANT INTO DRINKING WATER

SOURCES, POSING PUBLIC

HEALTH CONCERNS."

IN ADDITION, IN A WRITTEN

STATEMENT, THE E.P.A. SAYS

"FLY ASH IS COMPOSED OF VERY

SMALL, FINE PARTICLES, AND

BREATHING IN FLY ASH MAY

CAUSE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS

IN HUMANS."

IT IS COMING ON MY

PROPERTY, HARMING ME AND MY

WIFE.

PLUS MY NEIGHBORS.

PLUS MY DOGS.

I'VE LOST FOUR OR FIVE DOGS

TO CANCER.

YOU KNOW, IT'S JUST NOT

RIGHT.

Reporter: MARK MARTIN,

CBN NEWS, TENNESSEE AND

PENNSYLVANIA.

George: AND FINALLY ON

THE SHOW TONIGHT, FOR MANY

SUMMERTIME IS -- WELL, IT IS

THE TIME TO EMBARK AND NEW

ADVENTURES.

SOME RISKIER THAN OTHERS.

Wendy: INDEED.

A TENNESSEE MUSICIAN DECIDED

ON AN EXTREME SUMMER

ADVENTURE, CROSSING THE

FLORIDA STRAITS BETWEEN KEY

WEST AND CUBA.

WHILE OTHERS HAVE ATTEMPTED

THE SAME FEAT SWIMMING,

35-YEAR-OLD BENJAMIN FROM

CHATTANOOGA IS THE FIRST

PERSON TO DO IT STANDING ON

A PADDLE BOARD.

THE 100-PLUS MILE TREK WAS

NOT EASY.

TAKE A LOOK.

THE SEAS NEVER DIED DOWN,

AND ESPECIALLY AT NIGHT, THE

SEAS DIDN'T DIE DOWN.

THERE WAS A TON OF CHOP, AND

MY STOMACH WOULDN'T SETTLE.

YOU'RE TRYING TO MANAGE

CERTAIN THINGS, PAIN, AND

MANAGE THE CONDITIONS THAT

YOU'RE DEALING WITH.

BUT I THINK YOU JUST --

HOPEFULLY YOU JUST CAN STOP

AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF IT,

TOO.

Wendy: BENJAMIN WAS

ACCOMPANIED BY A SUPPORT

TEAM ON A CATAMARAN THAT

PROVIDED NAVIGATIONAL ADVICE

AND NUTRITION.

HE SAYS HE DID IT TO PROMOTE

PEACE, LOVE, AND FRIENDSHIP

BETWEEN THE PEOPLE OF CUBA

AND THE UNITED STATES.

WE NEVER ACTUALLY GOT TO SEE

HIM IN THE WATER, BUT

INTERESTING BECAUSE, YOU

KNOW, 100 MILES THROUGH

SHARK-INFESTED WATERS, AND

YOU'RE STANDING ON A PADDLE

BOARD, THAT IS NOT GOING TO

SAVE FR FROM A GREAT

WHITE.

George: NO.

Wendy: SO HE IS LUCKY.

George: GOOD FOR HIM.

Wendy: I WOULD TRY IT.

George: OKAY.

Wendy: THAT'S ALL FOR

THIS EDITION OF

"NEWSWATCH."

George: REMEMBER, YOU

CAN E-MAIL US YOUR COMMENTS

AND QUESTIONS AT

NEWSWATCH@CBN.COM.

WE HOPE YOU WILL JOIN US

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