2/6/13

Linda Beers, Director
Essex County Public Health Department
Elizabethtown, NY USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Director Beers,

I have observed that you have placed information on the subject of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) on the Essex County Public Health Department’s website.  However, the information that you are presenting falls far short of providing a warning of the health hazard constituted by the presence of POPs in all animal fats.  On your website you provide a link to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) POPs page.  That page is not a good source of information on POPs exposure and damages to health.  The non-expert reader would fail to comprehend the significance of the POPs exposure health hazard after reading all of the information on that page. The information presented by EPA focuses the attention of the reader on the need for more research and would cause the reader to conclude that risk of harm is likely to be limited to subgroups of the general population.  The EPA does not make clear the fact that all animal fats including those present in:  meats, dairy products, fish and eggs available in supermarkets are contaminated with POPs.  The EPA presents information on POPs for the purpose of creating the illusion that the US government is actively addressing the problem.  The US government is doing very little to actively address this problem.  The US government is attempting to avoid its public health responsibility to provide warning of the avoidable POPs exposure health hazard.  The only other information that the Essex County Public Health Department’s Environmental Health webpage presents is a link to the website of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.  That website is filled with information about international meetings on the subject of reducing releases of POPs to the global environment.  The average Essex County resident would not find any guidance in this information concerning the question of her/his POPs exposure and risk of adverse health effects.  The Stockholm Convention website only serves to create the illusion that the world’s governments are addressing the POPs contamination issue.  The world’s governments are far from addressing the POPs contamination of animal fats issue.  Not a single national government has warned its citizens of the existence of the POPs contamination of animal fats health hazard.

What EPA presents is very different from what is being presented by the World Health Organization (WHO).  I have provided you with the WHO report titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”.  This report acknowledges the existence of harm to public health caused by POPs exposures at current levels of food supply contamination.  This report recommends action to minimize the exposures that children receive to POPs.  You have not taken any significant action to minimize the exposures that Essex County children receive to POPs.  Why did you choose not to include the above named WHO report in your list of resources on the Environmental Health page?  I suspect that you decided to exclude this report so as to fit in with the other governmental public health entities in New York State and the rest of the country.

I request that you add a link to the WHO report named herein to the Environmental Health webpage.

Thank you for your attention to this request.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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