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    The seriousness of the chemical plant explosion at Seveso in Northern Italy continues to deepen.

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    GV PAN Coaches wait in Disio to pick up children
    SV Children boarding coach (2 shots)
    SV Coach leaving
    GV Children playing in park (3 shots)
    SV & CU Children eating in cafeteria in day camp (4 shots)
    SV Children leaving day camp and boarding coach

    TRAVEL SHOT INSIDE COACH going back to Disio showing driver and view from window (2 shots)
    SV Children leaving coach and being greeted by parents (3 shots)

    T.C.D.D., or Dioxin, is reported to be an extremely stable chemical compound which can only be destroyed at very high temperatures or by the use of ultra violet rays. On the question of unborn babies, the Government is understood to have told local authorities that pregnant Seveso women may have abortions -- which are otherwise illegal in Italy -- if they fear their unborn babies may be deformed.

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    Background: The seriousness of the chemical plant explosion at Seveso in Northern Italy continues to deepen.
    SYNOPSIS: The town of Disio is near Seveso where the Swiss owned chemical plant is situated. During the day the children of Disio are taken away from the town as it's feared that contamination from the poisonous vapour released in the explosion may have reached there.
    It's feared some 4,000 people may have been contaminated by the chemical T.C.D.D. which is similar to that used by the Americans in Vietnam as a defoliant. More than 750 people have been evacuated from homes adjacent to the factory and pregnant women and children are being moved from the areas during the day. The authorities have gone so far as to warn against people having babies until it's determined just what the effects of the chemical are. From experience in Vietnam and in the United States, it's believed the chemical is many times worse than the substance Thalidomide in its bad effects on unborn babies.
    Residents in the area have also been warned not to drive faster than 20 miles (30 kilometres) an hour as this spreads dust which could carry contamination. A happy day for the children, but for the parents the worry. Will it be possible to make the area safe or will it have to be sealed off perhaps for several years.

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