9/3/12 Media Advisory: Green Hassig Speaks Out on Akwesasne and Massena PCB Poisoning

Green Hassig Speaks Out on Akwesasne and Massena PCB Poisoning

Monday, September 3rd, 2012, 11:00 AM

Massena Springs Park, Intersection of Main Street and Hatfield Street,
Massena, New York USA

It has become ever more clear that an atrocity has been committed in
the North Country.  What has happened at Akwesasne over the course of
the past 50 years is environmental genocide.  The operation of the
ALCOA West, the former Reynolds and now ALCOA East factories and the
former GM Powertrain factory has heavily polluted the environment
upwind and upstream from Akwesasne.  The use, discharge and disposal
of PCBs and other industrial pollutants at all three factories has
resulted in high exposures to PCBs and numerous other contaminants of
soil, sediments, water and air for the people residing at Akwesasne.

The residents of the Village of Massena and the Town of Massena have
experienced many of the exposures that took place and continue to take
place on the First Nation reserve.  Many people in Massena have
suffered the diseases that ravage Akwesasne:  cancers, heart disease,
diabetes, reproductive problems and cognitive impairments.  The  best
strategy for protecting human health in the Akwesasne-Massena region
is to mount a regional effort to bring changes that will serve to
minimize current and future exposures to all disease causing chemicals
and agents.  The toxic chemicals that are now present in the region
must be removed from the region and placed in a secure facility that
will totally contain the hazardous materials so as to stop all
exposures.  Additionally, releases of toxic substances into the
environment of this region must be curtailed in a very substantial
way.  Polluting activities should be minimized.  Finally, an effort
should be mounted to provide pollutant exposure minimization education
to all residents of the region.  These three endeavors are of critical
importance to the public health of all people residing in this section
of the St. Lawrence River Valley.

“The Labor Day Parade and Picnic in the Village of Massena is a
perfect venue for starting the dialogue that will usher in the days of
science based pollutant exposure minimization in this poisoned place.
Let’s get started.  We can all simply get together and talk about
changing things for the better.  I will be at the Massena Springs Park
on Labor Day 2012 doing just that.”-Donald L. Hassig

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


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