11/14/12 Media Advisory: Cancer Action NY Director Hassig Calls for Removal of All Industrial Contaminants from St. Lawrence River Valley and Warning of Food Supply Contamination at EPA’s Grasse River Superfund Meetings in Akwesasne and Massena

Cancer Action NY Director Hassig Calls for Removal of All Industrial
Contaminants from St. Lawrence River Valley and Warning of Food Supply Contamination at EPA’s Grasse River Superfund Meetings in Akwesasne and Massena

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM

Massena High School, Massena, NY USA

Thursday, November 15, 2012, 7:00-9:00 PM

Seniors Dining Hall, Akwesasne, NY USA

ALCOA, the former Reynolds Metals, Inc. and General Motors (GM) have
poisoned the St. Lawrence River Valley in the vicinity of Massena and
Akwesasne.  These corporations poisoned the land, water and air with
PCBs and other industrial chemicals.  There has been some limited
clean-up of the contaminated sediments and soils.  However, much
contamination remains:  ground water contamination, the Toxic Mound on
the former GM Powertrain site, the lagoons on the former GM site, the
sediments of the Grasse River, and the sediments of the Massena Power
Canal.  All of the contaminants should be removed and placed in a
secure repository.

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be in Akwesasne and
Massena to obtain public comments on its proposal to remove
contaminated sediments from the Grasse River Superfund site.  This is
a perfect opportunity for the residents of Akwesasne, Massena and the
rest of the region to come forward and demand clean-up of all
industrial contamination in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

I have long advocated for removal of industrial contaminants from the
soils and sediments of the North Country environment.  I have
communicated my desire for removal of these poisons to the EPA on many
occasions.  I have communicated with EPA concerning the need for
public educational outreach to warn the populations that reside in the
vicinity of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) contaminated sites of
the POPs exposure health hazard that exists in contamination of the
mainstream food supply.  I have advocated for this because the people
who live near POPs contaminated sites have received unusually heavy
exposures to POPs.  It is of critical importance to their health that
all ongoing POPs exposures be minimized.  The EPA has shown no
interest in providing such educational outreach to the people of the
communities of Akwesasne and Massena.  The EPA is far too much under
the control of the corporations that poisoned the St. Lawrence River
Valley.  I will attend these meetings and call for removal of all
industrial contaminants from the St. Lawrence River Valley.  I will
call for education to warn the residents of the St. Lawrence River
Valley of their ongoing exposures to POPs that result from consumption
of mainstream food supply animal fats, including:  meats, fish, eggs
and dairy products.  EPA should provide every family in the St.
Lawrence River Valley with a copy of the 2010 World Health
Organization (WHO) report, titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:
Impact on Child Health”.  This report calls for a worldwide effort to
minimize the POPs exposures received by children.  WHO prioritizes
populations that reside in the vicinity of POPs contaminated sites for
immediate action on POPs exposure minimization.  I will distribute
literature that addresses the matter of POPs exposure minimization
and which explains how to access the WHO report named above to
those in attendance at the EPA’s Grasse River Superfund Site
clean-up meetings.


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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