11/19/12 Media Advisory: Cancer Action NY Hassig Speaks Truth of Government Failure and Deception Loudly at Dulles State Office Building: Focus on Akwesasne, POPs Exposure Health Hazard and Grasse River Superfund Site

Cancer Action NY Hassig Speaks Truth of Government Failure and
Deception Loudly at Dulles State Office Building:  Focus on Akwesasne,
POPs Exposure Health Hazard and Grasse River Superfund Site

Monday, November 19, 2012, 4:30 PM

Dulles State Office Building, Watertown, New York USA

Environmental genocide has been taking place on the Akwesasne Reserve
for many, many years now.  I have heard the accounts of exposure and
terrible disease outcome over and over again.  I have participated in
government meetings on the subject of the presence of industrial
contaminants in the St. Lawrence River Valley, the damages to health
caused by exposure to these contaminants and clean-up of contaminated
sites.  The people of Akwesasne also participate in these meetings.
Government conducts these meetings for the purpose of addressing
public health concerns, but government is under the control of
corporations to the extent that it is not free to provide the best
guidance concerning minimization of exposure to industrial
contaminants.  Not only is government not free to provide the best
public health protection guidance, government is also engaging in
deliberate attempts to deceive the people of Akwesasne and the St.
Lawrence River Valley region on the subject of the persistent organic
pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard as constituted by the
presence of POPs in the mainstream food supply.  As a result of the
failure to provide the best public health protection guidance and the
deliberate attempts to deceive, the people of Akwesasne continue to
receive unnecessary exposures to POPs.  This is an outrage.

I will speak loudly and freely about the environmental genocide at
Akwesasne until the federal and state government environmental
protection and public health protection entities admit to the failure
and deception described above and take actions to correct the harm
that has been caused by the failure and deception.  The US
Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of
Health must immediately warn the residents of Akwesasne of the POPs
exposure health hazard constituted by POPs contamination of the
mainstream food supply.  This is the most important thing that can be
done to minimize the harm that will result from the presence of
industrial contaminants in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

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