Dialogue on Past and Ongoing PCB Exposures of Akwesasne and St.
Lawrence County with St. Lawrence County Board of Health
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 6:00 PM
Second Floor Conference Room, St. Lawrence County Human Services
Building, State Route 310, Canton, NY USA
PCBs were and continue to be part of life for Akwesasne and St.
Lawrence County residents. Providing educational outreach on the
subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
to these populations is a critical step in minimizing the harm that
this exposure will cause. POPs exposure minimization education comes
before the St. Lawrence County Board of Health at its March 18
meeting. Obtaining the support of the Board of Health is a key step
in creating an educational outreach on POPs
exposure minimization within the Public Health Department.
PCBs are part of a larger group of chemicals referred to as POPs. All
animal fat is contaminated with POPs. This has come to be the case
due to the longterm presence of POPs in the environment. Minimizing
POPs exposure will reduce risk of developing diseases and disorders,
including: cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune
diseases, reproductive problems, autism, hypothyroidism, ADHD and
“Public health protection is largely about education. Providing
residents of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County with information on the
POPs exposure that results from consumption of animal fat foods,
including: meats, fish, dairy products and eggs empowers changes in
diet that minimize POPs exposure. Once people know that they continue
to be exposed to PCBs and the other POPs when they eat animal fat,
they can choose foods that contain little or no animal fat. This
choice is the strongest action that a person can take to avoid
exposure to some of the most dangerous of man-made chemicals. The St.
Lawrence County Board of Health can take a major part in helping the
St. Lawrence County Public Health Department set up a POPs exposure
minimization education program.”-Donald L. Hassig