2/7/13 Letter to Congressman William Owens Concerning Failure of EPA to Provide Americans with Warning of POPs Contamination of Animal Fats Health Hazard


Hon. William Owens
US House of Representatives
Washington, DC USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Congressman Owens,

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides educational outreach to the general public on the subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  This is accomplished primarily via a webpage.  I have examined the information on that page.  I have concluded that the information is being presented for the purpose of downplaying the significance of POPs exposure in disease causation.  The EPA’s POPs webpage does not warn of significant harm to consumers of animal fats resulting from POPs exposure at current levels of food supply contamination.

The non-expert reader would fail to comprehend the significance of the POPs exposure health hazard after reading all of the information on the EPA page. The information presented by EPA focuses the attention of the reader on the need for more research and would cause the reader to conclude that risk of harm is likely to be limited to subgroups of the general population.  The EPA does not make clear the fact that all animal fats including those found in meats, dairy products, fish and eggs available in supermarkets are contaminated with POPs.

The EPA presents information on POPs for the purpose of creating the illusion that the US government is actively addressing the POPs contamination problem.  The US government is doing very little to actively address this problem.  The US government is attempting to avoid its public health responsibility to provide warning of the avoidable POPs exposure health hazard.

What EPA presents is very different from what is being presented by the World Health Organization (WHO).  I have provided you with the WHO report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  This report acknowledges the existence of harm to public health caused by POPs exposure at current levels of food supply
contamination.  This report recommends action to minimize the exposures that all children receive to POPs.

Please contact EPA and make known my position on this matter.  I would like to have the opportunity to discuss with EPA action by that agency to warn US citizens of the existence of the POPs contamination of animal fats health hazard.  I believe that it would be very useful to have a member of your staff involved in this discussion.  Please attempt to motivate EPA to join into such a three-way dialogue on POPs exposure minimization.  The most effective way to move forward with this issue is to speak with EPA and Steve Hunt from your office via conference call.  I am hopeful that your office can make arrangements for this call.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig


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