2/19/14 News Release: Green Party Candidate Hassig Presents Question to US EPA Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

Green Party Candidate Hassig Presents Question to US EPA Regarding Dioxin Contamination and Food Supply Safety

Why has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) taken the position that dioxin contamination of the food supply does not represent a health risk for Americans?  The scientific literature clearly demonstrates that dioxin exposure at current levels of food supply contamination can cause damages to health in a number of ways.  Dioxin exposure of adults leads to epigenetic effects resulting in damage to the health of offspring.  Additionally, lifelong dioxin exposures impose increased cancer risk in the body of the independent organism.  This is because dioxin promotes carcinogenesis.  The non-carcinogenic effects part of the agency’s dioxin reassessment does not take either of these sources of risk into account.  Lack of attention to these sources of risk constitutes an incurable flaw in the agency’s dioxin reassessment.  Because of this flaw, the agency’s position that the food supply is safe is invalid.  Without publishing a carcinogenic effects part to the reassessment, the risk characterization is incomplete.  EPA can not justify its decision to provide the public with assurance that the food supply is safe.

This question has been presented to Judith Enck, Regional Administrator for US EPA Region 2.  I do not expect an answer from Ms. Enck.  I have sought the answers to questions regarding EPA’s position on dioxin contamination and food supply safety over the period of several years.  Her response has been merely to restate the EPA position that the food supply is safe.  Her response provides no answers.  It is nothing but avoidance of my questions.  I am hopeful that raising this matter in my congressional campaign will lead to provision of answers.

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