7/17/12

Dr. David Hornung, President
St. Lawrence County Board of Ethics
Canton, NY USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dr. David Hornung,

On 7/16/12, Cancer Action NY participated in a meeting on the subject
of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
education focusing on POPs exposure minimization educational outreach
for the residents of St. Lawrence County.  Dr. Susan Hathaway,
Director of the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, Sallie
Brothers, Chair of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, Scott
Sutherland, member of the St. Lawrence County Legislature, Jason
Pfotenhauer, Deputy Director of the St. Lawrence County Planning
Office and John Tenbusch, staff of the Planning Office, as well as
Lewis M. Shepard, a founding member of Cancer Action NY were
participants in this meeting.

The specific purpose of the meeting was to decide upon a mutually
satisfactory first step in providing POPs exposure minimization
educational outreach in St. Lawrence County.  I began our meeting with
a brief presentation on the subject of the 2010 World Health
Organization (WHO) report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:
Impact on Child Health”.  Upon finishing the presentation, I requested
that Dr. Susan Hathaway make known her position on the validity of
this WHO report.  Dr. Hathaway stated that the report was not valid
due to the fact that there were no epidemiological research findings
supporting the conclusion that POPs exposure imposes disease risk.  I
was shocked to hear this said by the Director of the Public Health
Department considering the fact that a great volume of peer reviewed
scientific literature has been published on the subject of POPs
exposure disease outcome.  Many of the research articles are
epidemiological studies in which a statistically significant
correlation was reported between POPs exposure and disease outcome.

I have encountered the position that sufficient scientific knowledge
does not exist upon which to base the conclusion that POPs exposure
imposes significant disease risk on numerous occasions.  Those who
take this position almost invariably have a vested interest in
suppressing the scientific knowledge, which serves as a basis for
concluding that POPs exposure imposes significant disease risk at
current levels of food supply contamination.  Dr. Susan Hathaway has a
vested interest, which determines the position that she takes.  Dr.
Hathaway is interested in maintaining her place in the community of
public health professionals.  Corporate influence has caused this
particular group of people to choose to ignore scientific knowledge on
the subject of the associations between chemical exposure and disease
outcome.

Dr. Susan Hathaway has violated the St. Lawrence County Code of Ethics
by making the false statements described above.  She has spoken
falsely for the purpose of deceiving the members of St. Lawrence
County government and the residents of St. Lawrence County.  She has
done this in violation of her responsibility to protect public health
in St. Lawrence County.  I request that the St. Lawrence County Board
of Ethics investigate this complaint and take appropriate action to
insure that those who are responsible for the protection of public
health in St. Lawrence County will choose to act for the benefit of
the public regardless of what corporations and self interest would
call for.

Thank you for your careful consideration of this complaint.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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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