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4/16/14 Letter to Marian Olsen PhD Requesting Interview on Science of the EPA Decision to Leave the “Toxic Mound” in Place on GM Powertrain Superfund Site in Town of Massena

4/16/14

Marian Olsen, PhD

Region 2 HQ

US Environmental Protection Agency

NY, NY USA

 

Dr. Olsen,

I would like to interview you on the subject of the decision of the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to leave the “Toxic Mound” in
place on the GM Powertrain Superfund Site in the Town of Massena.  You
were a major author of the Record of Decision for the site.

Please provide me with several times during the course of the next
fourteen days when you would be available for a recorded conference
call interview.  The interview will take approximately forty-five
minutes.

Thank you for your attention to this correspondence.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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21st CD Green Party Candidate Hassig on Federal Taxation

I am in favor of eliminating the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
 
I am in favor of an estate tax for estates in excess of 200,000.00 dollars.
 
I am proposing a Pollution tax on industry and agriculture, which would bring back to the public some of the monies of corporate profits for the purpose of funding environmental clean-up and environmental health education.  America needs an Environmental Health Education Corps (EHEC).  The first mission of the EHEC would be to warn American children, their parents and teachers of the avoidable persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health hazard.  The EHEC would be active in the St. Lawrence River Valley in the Town of Massena and on the Akwesasne Reserve as well as in the Hudson River Valley, in the Towns of Fort Edward and Fort Miller.  These places are high priority POPs exposure minimization education locations due to the excess POPs exposures experienced by residents during the recent past as a result of PCB contamination associated with the ALCOA West facility, the former Reynolds Metals facility, and the former GM Powertrain facility in the St. Lawrence River Valley and PCB contamination of the Hudson River downstream from the General Electric facility in Hudson Falls. (The Thompson Island pool in the Town of Fort Edward is one of the most heavily contaminated reaches of the Hudson.)  Excess exposure took place via consumption of locally caught fish and via inhalation of PCBs that evaporated from contaminated soils and sediments.
 
I am in favor of a Profits Tax on corporations.  The public incurrs a cost when corporations profit.  The corporate activity that generates profits causes many negative impacts upon the general public, including:  habitat destruction, competition for limited energy resources, release of pollutants into the environment, damage to highways and competition for labor.  These damages could be compensated for by collecting a Profits Tax.
 

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