Town of Lisbon Will Place Information on WHO Report Recommending POPs Exposure Minimization for Children on Town Website

On April 15, 2013, the Lisbon Town Board adopted a resolution that authorizes Supervisor James Armstrong to place information on the subject of the 2010 World Health Organization (WHO) report, “Persistent Organic Pollutants:  Impact on Child Health” on the town’s website.  This report recommends action to minimize the exposures that children around the world receive to persistent organic pollutants (POPs).  POPs are industrial chemicals that exhibit certain properties, which make them particularly dangerous to humans, including:  resistance to breakdown, solubility in fats and accumulation in the body.  POPs are contaminants of all animal fats.  POPs exposure has been found to cause cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

POPs are endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs).  Diseases associated with EDC exposure include breast cancer, prostate cancer, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  WHO published a second landmark report in 2013, “The State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals”.  Many of the human and wildlife diseases that are occurring at increasing rates have been associated with endocrine disruption.

POPs exposure minimization is of critical importance to the health of America’s children.  The most important step in minimizing children’s POPs exposure is making parents and those who provide food to children such as school lunch program personnel aware of the POPs exposure health hazard.

“Honor to the Lisbon Town Board and Supervisor Armstrong.  These good Americans have the best interests of children at heart.  They have demonstrated their willingness to help with bringing changes that will reduce the cancer problem in St. Lawrence County.  Local American government is good government.  Here in St. Lawrence County we are moving steadily ahead with using scientific knowledge to prevent cancer.  This is great!”-Donald L. Hassig

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