Cancer Action NY Educational Outreach on Subject of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Exposure Minimization with Focus on Excess PCB Exposures Experienced by Akwesasne Residents Caused by PCB Contamination on GM Superfund Site and Respiratory PCB Exposures Experienced by Village of Massena Residents as a Result of Evaporation of PCBs from Contaminated Areas on ALCOA West Site During Years Prior to Superfund Clean-Up

Monday, September 5, 2011, 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM (in case of rain the outreach will be conducted at another time)

Main Street Parade Route, and Massena Springs Park, Village of Massena, New York USA



I Heal Earth Information Tabling at SUNY Potsdam College on Subject of Persistent Organic Pollutants Exposure Minimization with Focus on Excess PCB Exposure at Akwesasne and the Village of Massena

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 12:00-2:00 PM

Barrington Student Union, SUNY Potsdam College, Potsdam, NY USA


Massena Village Council Meeting Agenda Spot for Cancer Action NY Presentation Advocating for Adoption of POPs Exposure Minimization Education Resolution (see below)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011, 5:30 PM

Massena Town Hall,  Main Street, Massena, NY USA


Dear Mayor Hidy,

Please find below a resolution that Cancer Action NY has produced for the purpose of demonstrating local government support for POPs exposure reduction education as described in a resolution that recently came before the St. Lawrence County Legislature’s Services Committee.  Several towns, including Norfolk, Lisbon and Russell have adopted resolutions identical or very similar to this resolution.

I request that the Village of Massena Board consider adoption of this resolution at its July board meeting.  Please let me know if this resolution will go before the board at that time.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig


WHEREAS, the incidence of cancer within the Village of Massena is of
concern to the members of the Massena Village Board, and

WHEREAS, dioxins, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs),
dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT), brominated flame retardants,
including polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and other similar
chemicals known as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) have been
classified as reasonably anticipated to cause cancer in humans by the
National Toxicology Program of the National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, and

WHEREAS, POPs contaminate all animal fats and accumulate at
highest levels in the body fat of organisms at the top of food chains, and

WHEREAS, eating a balanced diet containing only small quantities of
animal fats, will reduce POPs exposure, thereby reducing disease risks
associated with POPs exposure, including cancer, cardiovascular
disease and type II diabetes, and

WHEREAS, public health education is one of the most efficient,
effective, and least expensive methods available for reducing disease

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Village of Massena
encourages the St. Lawrence County Legislature to provide direction
to the County Public Health Department so as to motivate the inclusion
within its cancer prevention educational program of a message designed
to educate the citizens of St. Lawrence County concerning the disease
risks associated with ingesting POPs via the consumption of animal fats, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the educational outreach program
described above shall be conducted so as to add no cost to the
governance of St. Lawrence County, this being accomplished by way of
utilization of volunteer services from those interested in helping to
educate St. Lawrence County residents in matters of cancer risk
reduction that involve reducing exposure to chemical carcinogens.