8/15/12 Media Advisory: Green Hassig Speaks to Massena Town Board on Use of POPs Health Effects Science to Protect Health of Massena and Akwesasne

Green Party Candidate Donald L. Hassig Speaks to Massena Town Board on
Use of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Exposure Health Effects
Science to Protect Health of Massena and Akwesasne Residents

Wednesday, August 15, 2012, 5:30 PM

Massena Town Hall, Main Street, Massena, New York USA

The federal government of the United States is heavily controlled by
corporations.  ALCOA, Westinghouse, General Electric, General Motors
(GM), Monsanto and Dow Chemical Company have a huge amount of control
over what the federal government does and does not do.  In no part of
government is this control more obvious than in the public educational
outreach conducted by federal government public health entities.  This
outreach consists largely of messages that were created by and for the
benefit of the corporations.  For instance, the 2009-2010 Cancer
Trends Progress Report published by the National Cancer Institute
(NCI) contains a dioxin chapter that serves the purpose of leading the
non-expert reader to conclude that the current level of dioxin
exposure is of such low magnitude that there is no need for concern
about exposure to this substance.  According to the NCI, the animal
fat portion of the food supply is perfectly safe to consume.  This is
not what experts have concluded about current levels of dioxin
exposure.  Current levels of dioxin exposure impose increased risk of
diseases and impairments, including:  decreased sperm motility,
decreased sperm count, decreased thyroid function, type 2 diabetes,
cancers, cardiovascular disease, and auto immune diseases.

Clean-up of sites that are contaminated with industrial chemicals is
another case of obvious corporate control of the federal government.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has struggled for decades
to motivate corporations to clean-up major contaminated sites.  Dow
Chemical Company has resisted clean-up of the Titawabassee River in
central Michigan.  GM has resisted clean-up of the GM Powertrain
Superfund site in the Town of Massena.  ALCOA has resisted clean-up of
the Grass River in the Town of Massena.  The EPA decided not to
require GM to remove the hazardous industrial chemicals disposed of in
the unlined, illegal hazardous waste landfill on the GM Powertrain
site.  This is what GM wanted.  Public health protection
considerations argue for removal of the Toxic Mound.

In order to minimize the harm to residents of Akwesasne that results
from the presence of PCBs and other industrial chemicals in the
environment to the West of the Akwesasne reserve, two things need to
be done:  (1) remove all PCBs from all contaminated sites within three
miles of Akwesasne and (2) provide educational outreach to residents
on the subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure
minimization.

The town boards of St. Lawrence County have the power to write to the
Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and the
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Dr. Christopher
Portier in request of collaboration on POPs exposure minimization
educational outreach to the residents of the Town of Massena and
Akwesasne.  Cancer Action NY has a resolution before the Massena Town
Board that would authorize the Town Supervisor to write such a letter.

The town boards of St. Lawrence County have the power to write to the
EPA requesting that all PCBs and other industrial contaminants be
removed from all sites within three miles of the Village of Massena
and within three miles of Akwesasne.  Cancer Action NY  plans to
create a resolution for promoting this action by the town boards.

The Town of Canton, the Town of Oswegatchie and the Town of Lisbon
have all adopted resolutions that authorize their supervisors to write
as described above to Dr. Portier.  There is no legitimate reason for
a town board to decide not to take similar action.  The town boards of
St. Lawrence County are the people’s best hope of government that will
take action on the scientific knowledge for the protection of public
health regardless of what the corporations want.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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