Hon. William Owens
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC USA
Transmitted by electronic mail
Dear Congressman Owens,
In a letter dated 7/25/12, Lek Kadeli, Acting Assistant Administrator,
Office of Research and Development, US Environmental Protection Agency
(EPA) responds to my assertions that the EPA is deliberately providing
false information to the American public on the subjects of dioxin
contamination of the food supply and associated damage to health.
Please find below my response to Mr. Kadeli’s letter.
In paragraph 5 of the letter described above, Mr. Kadeli makes the
following statement. “On average, adults are exposed to dioxins at
levels below the RfD.” RfD is an acronym for oral reference dose.
The oral reference dose is a health protection standard. It is the
level of exposure that is anticipated to impose no adverse health
effects. What Mr. Kadeli has stated is misleading. The average per
capita adult dose for dioxin is estimated to be slightly below the
oral reference dose. Dioxin exposure for adults who consume average
quantities of animal fats is considerably above the oral reference
dose. Dioxin exposure for children who consume average quantities of
animal fats is far above the oral reference dose. The exposures of
these groups of people are a matter of public health concern. Mr.
Kadeli attempts to avoid the matters of adult and child animal fat
consumer exposures above the oral reference dose by making the
statement set forth above. This is deception.
In paragraph 5, Mr. Kadeli further states the following.
“Additionally, adults and children who eat higher amounts of animal
fats will have higher exposures. While it is desirable to have
exposures at or below the RfD, exceeding the RfD for one day, or a
week or more, does not necessarily mean that an individual has a
greater risk of health effects.” This statement is designed to
mislead the non-expert. The daily dioxin exposures received by those
who consume average quantities of animal fats are considerably higher
than the oral reference dose. This means that a significant quantity
of disease risk is imposed by the level of exposure received.
Millions of Americans receive such dioxin exposures.
In paragraph 5, Mr. Kadeli states what follows. “The U.S. food supply
remains one of the safest and most nutritious in the world.” This
statement is designed to deceive the non-expert. The global food
supply, including the US food supply is heavily contaminated with
dioxins, PCBs, brominated flame retardants and fat-soluble pesticides,
including: Mirex, Toxaphene, DDT, DDE, chlordane, hexachlorobenzene,
hexachlorocyclohexane and chlorpyrophos. In 2010, the World Health
Organization (WHO) published the report, “Persistent Organic
Pollutants: Impact on Child Health”. This document was published as
a first step in government warning the people of the Earth of the
persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard. EPA
continues to avoid addressing the POPs exposure health hazard. It
attempts to create the illusion that it is addressing the dioxin
exposure health hazard. I see through these deceptive behaviors. EPA
is bad government.
Mr. Kadeli is providing misleading information because it is his role
to derail efforts to motivate governmental public health entities to
provide Americans with warnings of the dioxin exposure health hazard
and the POPs exposure health hazard. This role is given to him by the
corporations. The corporations control government for the purpose of
stopping government from informing Americans upon the subjects of
chemical exposures and associated damages to health.
Please use the power of your office to hold EPA accountable for its
efforts to deceive. Every day more Americans awaken to the realities
of bad corporations and bad government. We are building a grassroots
movement that will eventually force bad corporations and bad
government to get out of America.
Thank you for your attention to this correspondence.
joyous in Nature,
Donald L. Hassig
Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625