4/12/13

Hon. Addie Russell
Member, New York State Assembly
Albany, NY USA
Transmitted via electronic mail

Dear Assembly Member Russell,

In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) published the report
titled, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child
Health”.(accessed at URL found below)  This report presents state of
knowledge science regarding persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
exposure and disease outcome.  It sets forth conclusions and a
recommendation based upon this knowledge, including:  (1) sufficient
scientific knowledge has accumulated to serve as a foundation for the
conclusion that POPs exposure at current levels of food supply
contamination is causing serious harm to public health; (2) action to
minimize the exposure that children receive to POPs is warranted; (3)
POPs exposure minimization centers in consuming less animal fat; and
(4) action to minimize children’s POPs exposure should be taken by the
world’s health arena leaders.  POPs exposure minimization is of major
public health protection importance for the residents of the St.
Lawrence River Valley due to the excess POPs exposures that residents
of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County have received.

“Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health”, World Health
Organization, 2010

http://www.who.int/ceh/publications/persistent_organic_pollutant/en/index.html

I request that you read the WHO report named above and then write to
Dr. Christopher Portier, Director of the National Center for
Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry, sister agencies of the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, stating that you have read this WHO report, and that you
support action on the recommendation of the report.  Please request
that Dr. Portier collaborate with Cancer Action NY to educate the
residents of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence County on the subject of POPs
exposure minimization.

Thank you for your willingness to assist with POPs exposure
minimization education in the St. Lawrence River Valley.

joyous in Nature,

Donald L. Hassig

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