Green Party Candidate Hassig Writes to US EPA HQ OAR Requesting
Investigation of Alleged Violation of CAA by US Army at Fort Drum
I have received an anonymous letter describing a violation of the
Clean Air Act (CAA) by the US Army at Fort Drum. I have carefully
read the enclosed documents and have decided that the allegation set
forth in the letter is very likely to be true. I have experience
dealing with allegations of violations of the CAA. The Lyonsdale
Power Company was violating the CAA by burning construction and
demolition debris in its cogeneration facility in Lyonsdale, New York.
Local residents brought this matter to my attention and we worked
together to bring an end to the violation.
I have written to Cynthia Browne in the US Environmental Protection
Agency’s HQ Office of Air and Radiation in request of an investigation
of the alleged violation. Please find below a copy of this letter.
The US military has a long history of polluting activities: burning
supply depots rather than transporting the supplies outside of areas
that may fall into enemy hands; using depleted uranium munitions;
bombing modern cities; aerial spraying of defoliants in the Vietnam
War; and dropping nuclear bombs on Japan during World War II. If I am
elected to Congress I will take action to bring an end to the
polluting activities of the military.
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From: Donald Hassig <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:16:09 -0400
Subject: 10/31/12 Letter to Cynthia Browne, US EPA HQ OAR Requesting
Investigation of Alleged Violations of CAA by US Army at Fort Drum
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Office of Air and Radiation
US Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC USA
Transmitted by electronic mail
Dear Ms. Browne,
I have recently come into possession of certain documents containing
information, which leads me to conclude that the US Army at Fort Drum
is acting in violation of the Clean Air Act. Based upon the
information in these documents it is my belief that military personnel
at Fort Drum are causing the uncontrolled release of ozone depleting
chemicals (ODCs) to the outdoor atmosphere. The documents indicate
that R-22 is being used in leaking equipment. R-22 is continuously
leaking out of the equipment and entering the outdoor atmosphere.
Military personnel are continuing to replace the lost R-22. Military
personnel are aware of the continuous release of R-22 and are doing
nothing to remedy the problem.
I request that the US Environmental Protection Agency investigate my
allegation of violation of the Clean Air Act by the US Army at Fort
Drum. Please produce a report detailing the findings of requested
investigation and provide a copy of this report to Cancer Action NY.
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