Posts Tagged POPs

4/30/14 News Release: Green Party Hassig Promises Much Environmental Protection Activism in Response to Rejection of Petition

Green Party Hassig Promises Much Environmental Protection Activism in
Response to Rejection of Petition

Running for Congress is important to me because it serves as a way to
raise very important issues that are not being raised by the other
candidates.  These issues include:  stopping hydro fracking; banning
factory farming; banning genetic engineering; free education; free
health care; expanding organic farming; creating an all defensive
purposes military; warning the public of chemical exposure health
hazards, including arsenic in rice and persistent organic pollutants
(POPs) in all animal fats; ending participation in the World Trade
Organization; taxing sales of financial products; and establishing a
50K income tax standard deduction.  I believe that doing the good work
of raising these issues in a series of congressional campaigns will go
far to making these things happen.  Additionally, I believe that
running for Congress repeatedly can lead to eventually winning the

Earlier today, the New York State Board of Elections (BOE) decided to
reject my designating petition.  My petition was filed exactly as the
BOE website instructed that it be filed.  It is unfair for the BOE to
deprive me of the benefit of having obtained sufficient signatures to
have a ballot line in a Green Party primary.  The BOE should have
accepted my petition since it was only due to the negligence of the
BOE that my petition was not filed in accordance with all state and
federal requirements.  If the BOE had revised its instructions for
filing the petition so as to make known the new requirement for
arrival on the next business day after mailing on the last day of the
filing period, I would have used overnight mail and my petition would
have arrived on time.  Since the instructions were not updated in this
way, I used Priority Mail and the petition arrived late.  This was not
my fault and I should not suffer because of the BOE negligence.

I am thinking about suing the BOE for negligence.  What I am thinking
is that pursuing legal action costs time and money that is probably
better spent raising the issues that I raise.

My decision is to now shift all efforts to environmental protection
activism and not spend another minute or another penny on political
activism in 2014.  Truth is 2016 will be here in a flash and I will be
back in the running again.  I am going to really go wild on protecting
the Earth Mother from hydro fracking and protecting the cows, chickens
and pigs from factory farming.  Viva the Environmental Protection
Revolution!  Viva the Farm Animal Protection Revolution!  Viva all the
good revolutions that we Americans can start and persevere in!!

I am hopeful that Green Party candidate Matt Funiciello will be open
to dialogue on the issues that I have promoted, especially stopping
hydro fracking, banning factory farming and warning the public of
avoidable chemical exposure health hazards of the food supply.  I
certainly am very glad that a fellow Green Party member succeeded in
obtaining a ballot line in 2014.  Go Matt.


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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


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

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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4/23/14 Media Advisory: Call for Government Accountability Heard Around Saranac Lake

Call for Government Accountability Heard Around Saranac Lake

Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 3:00-4:30 PM

Harrietstown Town Hall, Saranac Lake, NY USA

I will start my visit to Saranac Lake at the Harrietstown Town Hall.
From there I will go to the Mc Donald’s Restaurant and the Grand Union

At each venue I will distribute a pamphlet which explains how careless
chemical use and government deceptions concerning the presence of
industrial chemicals in animal fat foods have led to ever rising rates
of cancer, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autism, ADHD,
obesity and autoimmune disease.  I share my understanding of how
exposure to industrial chemicals:  PCBs, flame retardants and the
other persistent organic pollutants (POPs) is causing much harm to
public health in America and throughout the industrialized world.

My message warns that careless chemical use continues to this day.
Hydro fracking for gas and oil is too much careless chemical use after
too much careless chemical use already.  I call for government
accountability on careless chemical use and deceptions concerning the
health damaging effects of industrial pollutants.  I believe that in
holding government accountable for these bad actions we can move
forward to new days of careful chemical use and much improved public
health.  Bringing out the Truth about careless chemical use and
government deceptions regarding the harm caused by industrial
pollutants will empower the grassroots effort to stop all hydro

I will speak freely in the Harrietstown Town Hall to initiate contact
with this local government in hopes of obtaining its assistance with
moving the federal government to take action on POPs exposure
minimization.  Free speech is one of the most powerful tools we have
available for bringing change.  When the masses find their voices and
begin to speak freely about government accountability we will be close
to regaining control of the federal government.  I speak freely to
inspire others to speak freely.  I think of myself as a spark of
creating great change.

I choose to distribute information about industrial chemical
contaminants of food in the Mc Donald’s Restaurant and in the Grand
Union Supermarket because these places are where the animal fat
containing foods:  meats, fish, dairy products and eggs are sold.  I
know in my heart a strong desire to warn the public about the harm
being caused by POPs exposure.  Restaurants and supermarkets are the
perfect place to give this warning.

Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
42 Green Pond Lane
Colton, NY USA 13625

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4/21/14 News Release: Creating Government Accountability–A Grassroots Discussion on Bringing Change

On April 16th, 2014, I hosted a conference call on creating government
accountability.  There were three other people on the call:  Lewis M.
Shepard, a fellow Green Party member and cofounder of Cancer Action
NY; Dale Pondysh, a North Country environmental activist and Daniel
Flatley, a reporter for the Watertown Daily Times.  There was a great
feeling of people rising free of bad government and making progress
toward replacing the bad government with good government on this call.

Lewis M. Shepard spoke about the failure of the United States
government to protect Americans against asbestos exposure during a
long period of time after it was known that asbestos exposure was
causing serious harm to health.  He compared government’s downfall on
asbestos with what is currently happening with mercury dental
amalgams.  The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows the use of
mercury amalgams when this practice has been banned elsewhere.  The
placement of a highly toxic neurotoxin in people’s mouths goes against
all common sense.  Nevertheless, this practice continues because the
use of mercury amalgams is a moneymaker for dentists.

Dale Pondysh shared a list of actions for which he would like to see
government held accountable:  wars in Afghanistan and Iraq; promoting
unrest in the Ukraine; allowance of GMO products to be sold without
labeling and failure to tax the most wealthy of Americans.  He voiced
the sentiment that this was far from what he wanted government to be

I described my work of attempting to hold governmental public health
entities including:  the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the National Cancer Institute and the New York State Department of
Health accountable for their failure to warn Americans of avoidable
chemical exposure cancer hazards.  This work involved the publication
of the Cancer Action NY report, “Disinformation Cancer Epidemic”,
which focused upon deceptive and incomplete public health messaging
regarding dioxin exposure.

I stated my belief that legislation could serve to create government
accountability.  I provided details of three laws serving such a
purpose.  The first law would require that government employees and
officials participate in on the record discussion of citizen
complaints of failure to properly conduct government work.  These
recorded discussions would be the property of the citizen making the
complaint.  The recordings could be placed on the internet to raise
public awareness of the work failure.  The second law would establish
a government office charged with investigating citizen complaints of
failure to do work properly.  The third law would give legal standing
to any citizen wishing to file suit alleging failure of a government
employee or official to properly do the work required in that
position.  This law would make government employees and officials
personally liable for paying any penalties imposed by the court.

Daniel Flatley asked a most highly important question, why were
Americans not taking action on the many problems of failed government?
I answered that the people were struggling to deal with the immensity
of the government failures.  I stated that it was my belief that a
strong social movement was growing in opposition to hydro fracking and
that this movement might inspire citizen efforts to address other
government failures.

The recording of this conference can be accessed at the URL named below.

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8:30 PM Start Time for 4/16/14 Conference Call on Creating Government Accountability

Dear All,

I have found it necessary to change the start time on this
teleconference. Please call in at 8:30 PM on Wednesday, April 16th.
Thank you for your flexibility.

joyous in Nature,

Don Hassig

Calendar Notice



Donald L. Hassig
Director, Cancer Action NY
Green Party Candidate NY-21 Love the Earth Protect the Earth Change

Green Hassig Town Hall Conference Call on Creating Government Accountability

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 8:30-9:30 PM

dial-in number: 712 432 0140
participant access code: 141527#

For background information on the subject of government accountability
in matters of public health messaging please visit the website named

This conference call is for talking about creating government
accountability. I want to create government accountability in all
matters of governance. I have a wonderful record on working to create
government accountability. If voters want government accountability,
I’m their man.

“I have worked for decades to create government accountability in
matters of environmental health protection. The federal government’s
public health entities: the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDCP), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Food
and Drug Administration (FDA), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
are working hand in hand with corporations to deceive the American
public about the damages to health that are caused by exposure to
pollutants. I have thought long and hard about how to hold government
accountable for these harmful deceptions. When I am a member of the
House of Representatives, I will create legislation that establishes
accountability by requiring transparency and responsiveness. Every
government employee will be bound by law to cooperate with citizens
who are interested in discussing government action. This means that
when a cancer activist requests an on-the-record discussion with an
EPA scientist who is responsible for PCB clean-up, the discussion
request is automatically granted. When hundreds of recorded
discussions such as this are amassed on the internet where everyone
can listen and hear for themselves the inability of the government
employees to answer the straightforward questions of cancer activists,
the day of government accountability will have arrived.”-Donald L.

I want to talk with residents of NY-21 to get their ideas on how to
create government accountability. I am certain that putting all of
our ideas together we can figure this out and then get it done fast.
Government accountability will go a long ways to restoring an
honorable and good America.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
42 Green Pond Lane
Colton, NY USA 13625

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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

“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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