Cancer Action NY Director and Congressional Candidate Donald L. Hassig
makes presentation to Jay Town Board Advocating for Adoption of
Resolution Authorizing Town Supervisor to Write to National Center for
Environmental Health in Request of Collaboration on Persistent Organic
Pollutants (POPs) Exposure Minimization Educational Outreach in Essex
Thursday, September 13, 2012, 7:00 PM
Jay Town Hall, Au Sable Forks, New York USA
The contamination of the global food supply with persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) began in the early 1900s. Monsanto Corporation
began manufacturing and distributing PCBs in the 1930s. DDT use
became widespread in the 20th century. Use of 2,4,5-T, which
contained a large quantity of dioxin byproduct, occurred extensively
throughout the United States, Canada and New Zealand during the
mid-1900s. Brominated flame retardants have been used heavily during
the course of the later half of the 20th century. The feeding of
waste animal fat to food animals has greatly multiplied the quantities
of POPs in the mainstream food supply. It is only in organic
livestock production that a prohibition against this dangerous feeding
practice exists. Plastics production has increased rapidly during the
past 60 years. Disposal of waste plastics via open waste burning and
incineration has created and released into the outdoor atmosphere vast
quantities of dioxins and PCBs. As a result of these careless and
heavy uses of man-made chemical substances, the animal fat portion of
the food supply has come to contain dangerous levels of total POPs.
This health damaging degree of POPs contamination of environment and
food supply has existed since as early as the 1960s.
POPs contamination has existed for a sufficient period of time for a
large number of people to become sick. Those people residing in the
vicinity of POPs contaminated sites: the GM Powertrain Superfund Site
located in St. Lawrence County, New York State on the St. Lawrence
River West of Akwesasne, the Dow Dioxin Superfund Site in MIdland
County and Bay County in the state of Michigan, the most heavily
contaminated portion of the Hudson River Superfund Site in the Town of
Fort Edward in Washington County, New York State, and the American War
dioxin hotspots at Bien Ho, Da Nang and Phu Cat in Vietnam have
received some of the heaviest exposures to POPs due to the fact that
they have breathed POPs that evaporate from these sites in addition to
having eaten POPs when consuming local fish and wildlife. These
exposures took place in addition to exposures received via consumption
of mainstream food supply items containing background levels of POPs.
Several of these populations have been the object of extensive
epidemiological studies. Accidental poisoning incidents have occurred
during the past 100 years, which resulted in the sickening of large
numbers of people. These populations have also been studied. The
volume of scientific literature describing serious damages to health
resulting from POPs exposure has grown large. Consensus now exists in
the scientific research community that current levels of POPs exposure
for the general population are of such magnitude that minimization of
exposure is warranted.
The world’s governmental public health entities: World Health
Organization (WHO), United States (US) Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDCP), US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Health Canada, and the European
Commission’s Directorate General for Health and Consumers have failed
to warn the general public of the avoidable POPs exposure health
hazard. This failure has taken place due to the nearly total control
that is exerted by corporations over the world’s governments.
Obsessive interest in profit making has caused the corporate powers to
turn a deaf ear to calls from activists and scientists for provision
of such a warning.
In 2010, the WHO published, “Persistent Organic Pollutants: Impact on
Child Health”. This public health policy guidance document calls for
a worldwide effort to minimize children’s exposure to POPs. Cancer
Action NY has advocated for publication of a POPs health hazard
advisory by the WHO, the Directorate General for Health and Consumers,
the US FDA, and Health Canada since 2010. No governmental public
health entity has yet published any such document.
Cancer Action NY has begun to advocate for Town of Jay adoption of a
resolution that would authorize the town supervisor to write to Dr.
Christopher Portier, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health in request of
collaboration on POPs exposure minimization educational outreach.
This resolution has already been adopted by the St. Lawrence County
towns of Canton, Oswegatchie, Lisbon and Potsdam. Donald L. Hassig,
Director of Cancer Action NY and Green Party congressional candidate
will make an agenda presentation to the Jay Town Board advocating for
adoption of the resolution described above.
Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625