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4/18/14 Letter to Congressman William Owens Concerning Assistance with Obtaining Interview with EPA Scientist Responsible for Decision to Leave “Toxic Mound” on GM Superfund Site

4/18/14

Hon. William Owens
House of Representatives
Washington, DC USA

Dear Congressman Owens,

I have contacted Dr. Marian Olsen and Dale Kemery employees of the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) concerning obtaining an
interview with Dr. Olsen.  Dr. Olsen was a major author of the Record
of Decision which is used to justify the decision to leave the “Toxic
Mound” in place on the GM Powertrain Superfund site in the Town of
Massena.

Please write to the EPA and request that Dr. Olsen participate in this
interview.  I want to conduct an on the record interview by way of
recorded conference call.  I will make all technical arrangements for
this call.

Thank you for your assistance with this public education project.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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4/7/14 Media Advisory: Environmental Health Protection Candidate Asks St. Lawrence County Legislature When Dialogue on PCBs and POPs

Environmental Health Protection Candidate Asks St. Lawrence County
Legislature When Dialogue on PCBs and POPs

Monday, April 7, 2014, 7:00 PM

St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Legislative Board Room, Canton, NY USA

St. Lawrence County has a long history of PCB releases to the
environment.  Three industrial facilities in the Town of Massena used
and released PCBs for several decades before the substances were
banned in the 1970s.  Open waste burning creates and releases PCBs.
This source of PCB releases has been of major significance ever since
plastics became a large part of the waste stream.  A state wide ban on
open waste burning took effect in 2009.  The practice continues but at
a decreased level of activity.

Everyone in St. Lawrence County, everyone on Earth has a body burden
of PCBs and the other persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Some of
the other well known POPs include:  dioxins, DDT, Mirex, Toxaphene and
brominated flame retardants.  The World Health Organization recommends
action to minimize the exposure that children receive to these
chemicals.  POPs exposure is linked to increased risk for diseases and
disorders, including:  cancer, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune
disease, autism, ADHD, obesity, reproductive problems, cognitive
impairments and immune system dysfunction.

Minimizing exposure involves a simple, straightforward process of
education and decision making.  Providing the general public with
information on the damages to health that are associated with exposure
to POPs and making known the fact that POPs are contaminants of all
animal fats goes far to fulfill the educational component of this
process.  Educated people then have the opportunity to choose to
consume little or no animal fats.  In the case of flame retardants,
household and vehicle interior dust are significant sources of
exposure.  Regular cleaning addresses these sources.

“Earth Month 2014 is a great time to push forward with environmental
health protection.  When will the St. Lawrence County Legislature
enter into dialogue on the subjects of POPs body burden, disease risk
and exposure minimization with concerned residents of this county and
the Akwesasne Reserve?  There is much opportunity to improve public
health by taking action to minimize exposures.  The dialogue that we
seek is a promising avenue  to governmental action.  I believe that
the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department will someday soon set
about creating its own POPs exposure minimization educational
outreach.  Talking about PCBs and POPs is the place to start.”-Donald
L. Hassig

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4/8/14 News Release: Indian Time Bringing Out the Truth About PCB Exposure and Damages to Health at Akwesasne

Indian Time Bringing Out the Truth About PCB Exposure and Damages to
Health at Akwesasne

http://www.indiantime.net/story/2014/03/27/reader-submission/when-will-the-time-come-for-st-lawrence-county-government-to-talk-with-residents-of-akwesasne-and-st-lawrence-county-about-pcbs/13422.html

“I find great joy in having my letter published by Indian Time.  The
willingness of Indian Time to assist with bringing out the Truth about
past and ongoing PCB exposures and damages to health at Akwesasne is
most encouraging.  I feel very hopeful about change coming when I
think about the power of information published on the internet.  I
believe that many residents of Akwesasne will learn about persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization through the joint
efforts of Cancer Action NY and Indian Time.  This is the way public
health education should be, people working together to share
information about avoidable health hazards.”-Donald L. Hassig

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Celebrating Truth Coming Out in 2012 and Looking Joyously Ahead to Days of Bringing Good Change in 2013

On December 31, 2012, I gave a spoken word/environmental dance
performance in the Main Hallway of the St. Lawrence County Courthouse
celebrating this past year when the World as we have known it changed
in a tremendously important way.  In 2012, the Truth came out about
the harm that corporations are doing to the Earth and its inhabitants.
Together with this Truth came the Truth about government failure to
act upon its responsibility to protect the environment and the public
health.  These Truths are now widely know.  This knowledge matters.
This knowledge of fundamental Truths concerning life in a World
dominated by industrialized societies is a powerful force for bringing
change.

As I danced and spoke freely about Truths of such significance, I
experienced intensely a panoply of feelings:  the desire to create
justice, anger that corporate/government culture people are causing so
much harm, determination to keep on pounding away at the work of
creating government accountability, and gladness that 2012 had
unveiled the bad behaviors of the corporate/government culture.  I am
so happy to have found a way to move forward with bringing change that
is beautiful, exciting and mindful.

In the wonderful moments of dance and speaking from my heart, two new
thoughts came to me.  I conceived of the need for action to minimize
the suffering that is taking place due to harm having been done to the
people of Akwesasne and the Town of Massena by the use and disposal of
industrial chemicals including PCBs and mercury.  Additionally, I
realized the responsibility that dairy farmers bear for having
produced and sold milk fat in a time of animal fat contamination.
This responsibility imposes the duty to take action for minimizing the
suffering of those who consumed milk fat that contained persistent
organic pollutants (POPs) and the duty to take action to minimize
ongoing exposures to POPs.  The dairy farmers of St. Lawrence County
should be showing support for the educational outreach on POPs
exposure minimization that Cancer Action NY has long advocated for.
They should be glad to have the St. Lawrence County Public Health
Department start providing such education.

Exercising freedom of expression has proven itself to be a great
source of inspiration and spiritual power in my life.  As the first
year of the New World begins to unfold, I am deeply joyed to have
dancing and speaking freely to share with my fellow Americans.  I
believe that 2013 will bring amazing advances in the use of scientific
knowledge to protect the environment and the public health.  This is
good for America.  We are finally moving forward with environmental
revolution.

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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12/31/12 Media Advisory: “2012 Brought Out the Truth About Chemical Exposures at Akwesasne. 2013 Will Bring Action to Minimize Harm.”

Spoken Word Performance:
“2012 Brought Out the Truth About Chemical Exposures at Akwesasne.
2013 Will Bring Action to Minimize Harm.”

Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:00 PM

St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Main Hallway Outside Legislative Board
Room, Canton, NY USA

2012 was the End of the World as we know it.  Things are very
different now.  This is because the Truth had been coming out for some
considerable period of years and it came out most powerfully of all in
2012.  Here in the St. Lawrence River Valley, the Truth about
industrial chemical exposure and damage to health came clear for many.
At the November 15, Grasse River Superfund clean-up meeting, the
people of Akwesasne spoke the words of exposure to PCBs, ruined health
and determination to bring about changes that would begin to protect
and improve their health.  In 2013, like never before, we will see the
fruits of the Truth having become know.

The people of the Akwesasne Reserve have received exposures to
industrial chemicals including PCBs and mercury that are resulting in
damages to health.  Many are suffering cancers, diabetes, heart
disease, reproductive problems, and learning disabilities.  Action to
minimize the harm that results from these exposures is of critical
importance.  Such actions include:  education on avoidable exposures,
high quality health care and clean-up of contamination.  These things
will only be done if significant numbers of people voice support for
doing them.

Cancer Action NY and Eagle Creek Entertainment are working together to
organize an awareness raising concert.  This concert will feature Native
American performers and keynote speakers on the subject of the
poisoning of Akwesasne.  We are hopeful that the event will galvanize
widespread public support for action.  The concert will take place in Spring
of 2013.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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12/10/12 News Release: Larry Thompson on Trial for Action to End Chemical Assault

On August 11, 2011, Larry Thompson entered the GM Powertrain Superfund
site and proceeded to excavate the Toxic Mound, an illegal industrial
waste landfill that EPA had decided to leave in place on the site.
The Toxic Mound industrial landfill had no liner.  It is located
adjacent to the Akwesasne Reserve.  Water stands on the reserve within
a short distance from the base of the Toxic Mound.  This water has
been found to be contaminated with PCBs.  There is much suffering and
death from diseases that are associated with PCB exposure amongst the
people of Raquette Point and the rest of Akwesasne.

Larry Thompson had consulted with his Clan Mother and it was her
position that the Toxic Mound must be removed from the GM Superfund
site.  Considering the many years of inaction on clean-up and the EPA
decision to leave the Toxic Mound, Larry chose to take action on
removal.

The New York State Police responded to a complaint of an intruder at
the Superfund site.  Mr. Thompson was arrested and charged with
criminal mischief, criminal trespass, reckless endangerment and
resisting arrest.  A Grand Jury was convened and decided to indict Mr.
Thompson.

Larry Thompson has chosen to represent himself.  A trial date has been
set for December 11, 2012.  St. Lawrence County Judge Jerome Richards
will be presiding.  It is Mr. Thompson’s intention to argue that New
York State courts have no jurisdiction over him due to the fact that
he has never given up any of his primal sovereignty.  Mr. Thompson
considers himself to be a member of a tribal group of people that
refer to themselves as Onkwehonwe, which means pure people.  The
Onkwehonwe have never made any treaties or pacts with New York State
or the government of the United States.

St. Lawrence County benefited from the economic activity that took
place in connection with the industrial facilities located along the
St. Lawrence River between Massena and Akwesasne.  St. Lawrence County
government bears responsibility for minimizing the harm that will
result from the polluting of the region with industrial chemicals.
The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department should commence an
educational outreach designed to warn the residents of Akwesasne and
Massena of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure health
hazard.  By telling the people of this region the whole Truth of food
supply contamination, much of the ongoing exposure to POPs could be
eliminated.  Most people are still unaware of the presence of POPs in
the meats, fish, eggs and dairy products that are available in
supermarkets.  They think that by avoiding eating the fish and
wildlife of the area they are eliminating their exposures to PCBs.
Minimizing ongoing exposures is a critical part of minimizing harm.

Exposure to industrial chemicals has imposed a terrible burden of
disease upon the people of Akwesasne.  Many, many people who live
downwind and downstream from the ALCOA facilities and the former GM
Powertrain facility in St. Lawrence County have died from cancer,
diabetes and heart disease.  Scientific knowledge has accumulated,
which provides a solid foundation for concluding that exposure to
industrial chemicals caused this.  The people of Akwesasne are under
an assault that consists of industrial chemical exposures.
Corporations that used hazardous substances including PCBs and mercury
are responsible for this assault.  The governments of New York State
and the United States are also responsible for this assault because
they failed to control the corporations that were using the hazardous
chemicals.  Government responsibility for this assault also arises
from government’s failure to warn the residents of Akwesasne of the
health hazard constituted by persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
contamination of the mainstream food supply.  All of the animal fats
present in foods available in supermarkets, including:  meats, fish,
dairy products and eggs are contaminated with POPs.  In 2010, the
World Health Organization (WHO) published a report titled, “Persistent
Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  WHO calls for a
worldwide effort to minimize the exposures that children receive to
POPs.  WHO states that populations residing in the vicinity of POPs
contaminated sites such as the GM Powertrain Superfund Site should be
given first consideration for action to minimize their POPs exposures.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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12/11/12 Media Advisory: Honor to Larry Thompson for Taking Action to End the Environmental Genocide at Akwesasne

SPEAKING OUT ACTION

Honor to Larry Thompson for Taking Action to End the Environmental
Genocide at Akwesasne

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 9:00 AM

Lobby outside Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse,
Court Street, Canton, NY USA

On August 11, 2011, Larry Thompson entered the GM Powertrain Superfund
site and commenced to excavate the Toxic Mound, an illegal industrial
waste landfill that EPA had decided to leave in place on the site.
The Toxic Mound industrial landfill had no liner.  It is located
adjacent to the Akwesasne Reserve.  Water stands on the reserve within
a short distance from the base of the Toxic Mound.  This water has
been found to be contaminated with PCBs.  There is much suffering and
death from diseases that are associated with PCB exposure amongst the
people of Raquette Point and the rest of Akwesasne.

Larry Thompson had consulted with his Clan Mother and it was her
position that the Toxic Mound must be removed from the GM Superfund
site.  Considering the many years of inaction on clean-up and the EPA
decision to leave the Toxic Mound, Larry chose to take action on
removal.  By entering the Superfund Site and excavating the hazardous
waste of the Toxic Mound, he demonstrated defiance of the bad
corporate/government culture and focused public attention on removal.
This well thought out act of civil disobedience is the work of a New
American hero.  Larry Thompson has excited the minds and hearts of
many who live here in the St. Lawrence River Valley with the energies
of great change coming.  “Honor to Larry Thompson.  His name will long
be spoken with respect and joyfulness in the company of those who love
the Earth and stand for protecting the Earth.”-Donald L. Hassig

St. Lawrence County benefited from the economic activity that took
place in connection with the industrial facilities located along the
St. Lawrence River between Massena and Akwesasne.  St. Lawrence County
government should take responsibility for minimizing the harm that
will result from the polluting of the region with industrial
chemicals.  The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department should
commence an educational outreach designed to warn the residents of
Akwesasne and Massena of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
exposure health hazard.  By telling the people of this region the
whole Truth of food supply contamination, much of the ongoing exposure
to POPs could be eliminated.  Most people are still unaware of the
presence of POPs in the meats, fish, eggs and dairy products that are
available in supermarkets.  They think that by avoiding eating the
fish and wildlife of the area they are eliminating their exposures to
PCBs.  Minimizing ongoing exposures is a critical part of minimizing
harm.

The good people are coming together to bring an end to the
environmental genocide at Akwesasne.  Exposure to industrial chemicals
has imposed a terrible burden of disease upon the First Nations people
who reside here.  Many, many people who live downwind and downstream
from the ALCOA facilities and the former GM Powertrain facility in St.
Lawrence County have died from cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
Scientific knowledge has accumulated, which provides a solid
foundation for concluding that exposure to industrial chemicals caused
this.

There is much that can be done to minimize the harm that will result
from the poisoning of the environment and people of Akwesasne.
Actions to minimize harm include:  (1) full clean-up of all industrial
contaminants in this part of the St. Lawrence River Valley; (2)
industrial contaminant exposure minimization education; (3) provision
of enhanced health care; and (4) payment in compensation for losses of
health and happiness.  We say, these things must be done now.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
www.canceractionny.org

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