Corrupt EPA Grasse River Clean-Up Decision Puts ALCOA Profits Above
Environment and Public Health

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a long and dark
history of placing corporate profitability above the protection of the
environment and the public health.  In the case of the remediation of
the GM Powertrain Superfund site, EPA opted for leaving a tremendous
quantity of industrial contaminants on the site.  The Toxic Mound is
an illegal industrial landfill that remains on this site.  The
landfill has no liner.  It is immediately adjacent to the lands of
Akwesasne.  It is uphill from waters that lie on the Akwesasne
reserve.  The Toxic Mound is continuing to poison Akwesasne.  In the
remediation of the former Reynolds Metals site, EPA allowed Reynolds
Metals to place PCB contaminated materials in a landfill that has a
clay bottom.  This is not the type of material that is required as a
liner for hazardous materials.  EPA broke the rules to give Reynolds
Metals a low cost way to deal with the contaminated materials from its
site.  In the case of the EPA’s dioxin reassessment, EPA has taken the
position that the US food supply is safe.  This is a position that is
pleasing to corporations that have dioxin clean-up liabilities and to
corporations in the foods sector of the economy.  The food supply is
not safe.  The animal fat foods of the mainstream food supply contain
levels of dioxins that impose more than acceptable risks for
developing diseases and disorders including:  cancer, heart disease,
type 2 diabetes, autoimmune diseases, cognitive impairments, immune
system dysfunctions, reproductive impairments and behavioral
disorders.  EPA is lying to the people to please the corporations.
EPA corruption is causing people to receive avoidable exposures to
industrial contaminants.  EPA deception is causing people to get sick
and die.  This is very, very wrong.

“The EPA has no honor.  Cancer Action NY will persevere in bringing
out the Truth about the corrupt EPA.  I plan to escalate my free
speech endeavors to include many more venues.  Upcoming free speech
performances focusing on EPA corruption will take place at the
following venues:  Claxton Hepburn Hospital, Canton-Potsdam Hospital,
Lisbon Central School, Colton-Pierrepont Central School, Massena
Central School, area drug stores, and area fast food restaurants.
Viva the Environmental Protection Revolution!”-Donald Hassig

Cancer Action NY’s 4/8/13 letter of protest to EPA follows.

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4/8/13

Judith Enck, Regional Administrator
US Environmental Protection Agency
Region 2
New York, NY USA
Transmitted by electronic mail

Dear Ms. Enck,

I am aware of the publication of the Record of Decision on the Grasse
River Clean-Up.  It is my understanding that the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) has selected as its preferred strategy for
remediation of the Grasse River Superfund Site a strategy that entails
leaving all contaminated material in the main channel of the river and
placing capping materials on this contaminated river bottom.  I am
very displeased to learn of this development.  When I spoke with
Region 2 EPA personnel on November 15, 2012 at the community outreach
session held by that agency, I argued that the presence of bedrock
below the contaminated sediments was not reason for leaving all of the
contaminated sediments in place.  All contaminated sediments that
could be removed by dredging down to bedrock should be removed.  Once
dredging down to bedrock has be accomplished, then any remaining
contamination should be capped.  This strategy would result in the
most full clean-up that was technologically possible.  This strategy
would best protect the health of the river and the people of the Town
of Massena and the Akwesasne Reserve.

The people of the Town of Massena and the Akwesasne Reserve have
suffered much damages to health as a result of exposures to PCBs.  The
PCBs that were disposed of by ALCOA, the former Reynolds Metals and
General Motors (GM), lay in the sediments and soils of the St.
Lawrence River valley for many decades before any clean-up was
attempted.  During all of that period, PCBs were evaporating out of
the contaminated soils and sediments.   These PCBs entered the outdoor
atmosphere and were inhaled by those who resided in the vicinity of
the contaminated sites.  David O. Carpenter, MD has published research
that found excess levels of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes
in populations that resided within three miles of sites contaminated
with persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  Dr. Carpenter attributes
these excess disease rates to respiratory exposures to POPs that had
evaporated and entered the outdoor atmosphere.

Those who have received excess exposures to POPs, in this case PCBs
should be given special consideration when matters of public health
protection arise.  The remediation of the Grasse River is an
opportunity to protect the environment and the public health.  Grasse
River remediation should be conducted as described above so as to
minimize the ongoing exposures of the people of the Town of Massena
and the Akwesase Reserve to PCBs.  Best possible clean-up of the
Grasse River is best for public health.  The EPA has placed the short
term financial interests of ALCOA above environmental protection and
public health protection by opting for a remediation strategy that
leaves most of the contaminated materials in place in the Grasse
River.

Cancer Action NY will continue to work for full clean-up of the Grasse
River.  This is the only acceptable remedial goal.  We will bring out
the Truth about corporate control of government and government
corruption that results in decisions being made that place the
financial interests of corporations above environmental protection and
public health protection.  ALCOA is a corporation that has no honor.
The EPA is a government entity that has no honor.  We will win because
we have honor, goodness and Truth on our side.

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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