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NY-21 Green Party Candidate Hassig Calls for Steps to Reduce Burning
of Dirty Fuels

Public Forum Presentation for St. Lawrence County Legislature

Monday, December 2, 2013, 7:00 PM

Legislative Board Room, St. Lawrence County Courthouse, Canton, NY USA

The life of burning natural gas, gasoline and diesel fuel is no longer
any good. In days passed, these fuels could be obtained without
inflicting tremendous harm upon the Earth. Now that fracking for gas
and oil and tar sands extraction are major energy acquisition
technologies using these fuels is a terribly destructive activity.

I have a great desire to separate myself from the ugliness of fracking
for gas and oil and
tar sands extraction. I am determined to start driving less. One way
to do this is taking the bus. I want bus lines and passenger rail
service here in the North Country that will be satisfactory
alternatives to driving.

County, state and federal governments need to work together to create
affordable and effective mass transit systems in NY-21. I am calling
for county governments throughout the district to start the ball
rolling on this. My home county is St. Lawrence County. I will start
here by making an appeal for action that will inspire collaborative
efforts from the higher levels of government. Where the grassroots
lead government will follow. My request is that St. Lawrence County
set up a mass transit task force charged with producing strategies for
developing excellent bus and train service within the region.

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

Free Speech Celebration of Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 21, 2013

Louisvillle Arena, at main entrance, 2:00 PM
Massena Arena, at main entrance, 3:00 PM
Massena-Cornwall International Bridge, at main entrane of Customs
Building, 4:30 PM

Martin Luther King Day is my favorite national holiday. I think of
this holiday as Follow Your Heart to Freedom Day. Free speech is a
wonderful way to celebrate this great day.

Speaking freely in public places is the most powerful thing that an
individual can do to bring change.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was a great speaker. He brought great change
with his words. I believe that by following his example of
non-violent action and speaking the Truth widely in public places it
will be possible to bring on the days of the use of scientific
knowledge to prevent cancer via government doing its part to warn the
public about the presence of industrial contaminants in the
environment and food supply. At the current time, government is not
providing this warning because it is controlled by corporations. I
want to change government so that it is no longer controlled by
corporations. Once this change has taken place, the new government
will tell the Truth about chemical exposure and cancer risk.


Donald L. Hassig, Director
Cancer Action NY
Cancer Action News Network
P O Box 340
Colton, NY USA 13625
315.262.2456
http://www.canceractionny.org

 

In these difficult times it is of critical importance that government take actions that will improve the lives of all Americans. There are certain actions that Congress can take that would generate results highly beneficial to the people of the mainstream. These are what I see as some of the most needed governmental actions: (1) make environmental protection the top priority in all governmental activities; (2) create a prohibition against war; (3) control energy prices so as to create fair access to energy consumption; (4) ban the feeding of waste animal fat to food animals and establish a food contaminants monitoring program designed to insure that accidental contamination incidents do not lead to the poisoning of Americans; (5) establish public educational outreach on the subject of pollutant exposure minimization with an initial focus on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization; (6) prohibit the involvement of corporations in political campaigns and in community affairs; and (7) establish a process for investigating allegations of unethical behavior by members of government, establish a means whereby strong penalties can be imposed upon those found to have acted in an unethical manner and produce a readily accessible record of these investigations and penalties.

As an initial step, the proposed actions need to be discussed in an open public forum. Congressional race discussions are a wonderful vehicle for bringing about such discourse. Resistance to change can be overcome by people talking in public about the needed changes. I invite Congressman William Owens and candidate Doheny to discuss the matters listed above as well as any other matters that they consider to be of equal significance to the betterment of people’s lives. I will make all arrangements for a conference line so as to make possible our telephone discussion. The conference call will be open to the members of the news media and interested residents of the 23rd Congressional District of New York.

I believe that the 2012 congressional race can be an avenue for bringing new ways of living on the scene for all of us. These are exciting times of great challenges and great opportunities to move higher on the path of human development. I believe that positive energy and love will create a whole new world in a relatively short period of time. We are about to experience a beautiful revolution.

 

In these difficult times it is of critical importance that government take actions that will improve the lives of all Americans. There are certain actions that Congress can take that would generate results highly beneficial to the people of the mainstream. These are what I see as some of the most needed governmental actions: (1) make environmental protection the top priority in all governmental activities; (2) create a prohibition against war; (3) control energy prices so as to create fair access to energy consumption; (4) ban the feeding of waste animal fat to food animals and establish a food contaminants monitoring program designed to insure that accidental contamination incidents do not lead to the poisoning of Americans; (5) establish public educational outreach on the subject of pollutant exposure minimization with an initial focus on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization; (6) prohibit the involvement of corporations in political campaigns and in community affairs; and (7) establish a process for investigating allegations of unethical behavior by members of government, establish a means whereby strong penalties can be imposed upon those found to have acted in an unethical manner and produce a readily accessible record of these investigations and penalties.

As an initial step, the proposed actions need to be discussed in an open public forum. Congressional race discussions are a wonderful vehicle for bringing about such discourse. Resistance to change can be overcome by people talking in public about the needed changes. I invite Congressman William Owens and candidate Doheny to discuss the matters listed above as well as any other matters that they consider to be of equal significance to the betterment of people’s lives. I will make all arrangements for a conference line so as to make possible our telephone discussion. The conference call will be open to the members of the news media and interested residents of the 23rd Congressional District of New York.

I believe that the 2012 congressional race can be an avenue for bringing new ways of living on the scene for all of us. These are exciting times of great challenges and great opportunities to move higher on the path of human development. I believe that positive energy and love will create a whole new world in a relatively short period of time. We are about to experience a beautiful revolution.

Revolution and the 2012 Race in the 23rd Congressional District of New York

In these difficult times it is of critical importance that government take actions that will improve the lives of all Americans. There are certain actions that Congress can take that would generate results highly beneficial to the people of the mainstream. These are what I see as some of the most needed governmental actions: (1) make environmental protection the top priority in all governmental activities; (2) create a prohibition against war; (3) control energy prices so as to create fair access to energy consumption; (4) ban the feeding of waste animal fat to food animals and establish a food contaminants monitoring program designed to insure that accidental contamination incidents do not lead to the poisoning of Americans; (5) establish public educational outreach on the subject of pollutant exposure minimization with an initial focus on persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization; (6) prohibit the involvement of corporations in political campaigns and in community affairs; and (7) establish a process for investigating allegations of unethical behavior by members of government, establish a means whereby strong penalties can be imposed upon those found to have acted in an unethical manner and produce a readily accessible record of these investigations and penalties. As an initial step, the proposed actions need to be discussed in an open public forum. Congressional race discussions are a wonderful vehicle for bringing about such discourse. Resistance to change can be overcome by people talking in public about the needed changes. I invite Congressman William Owens and candidate Doheny to discuss the matters listed above as well as any other matters that they consider to be of equal significance to the betterment of people’s lives. I will make all arrangements for a conference line so as to make possible our telephone discussion. The conference call will be open to the members of the news media and interested residents of the 23rd Congressional District of New York. I believe that the 2012 congressional race can be an avenue for bringing new ways of living on the scene for all of us. These are exciting times of great challenges and great opportunities to move higher on the path of human development. I believe that positive energy and love will create a whole new world in a relatively short period of time. We are about to experience a beautiful revolution.

11/18/11

Dear St. Lawrence County Policy Makers and Mindful Citizens,

Massena Town Supervisor Joseph Gray recently wrote a letter to the
North Country Now news organization in which he makes several libelous
statements about Cancer Action NY.  (See link to news article below.)
He states that I have deliberately misled him.  This is absurd.  I
made it very clear in my October 2011 presentation to the Massena Town
Board that persistent organic pollutants (POPs) exposure minimization
education was of particular importance to residents of the Town of
Massena because of the PCB exposure that they had received as a result
of living in the vicinity of the ALCOA West facility where PCBs were
disposed of in a careless manner for many years.  PCBs evaporate from
contaminated sediments and soils and enter the outdoor atmosphere.
The residents of the Town of Massena have inhaled ALCOA PCBs for a
long period of time.  This has imposed an unusually large quantity of
exposure upon these people.  POPs exposure minimization education is
very important to them because they are at higher risk of developing
POPs associated diseases including:  type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular
disease and cancer.

I suspect that ALCOA management has forced Supervisor Gray to attack
me so as to create confusion about the substantive matters of PCB
exposure and POPs exposure minimization education.  ALCOA is afraid of
the truth.  ALCOA wants to suppress the respiratory exposure to PCBs
issue so as to avoid being held responsible for much of the disease
burden suffered by the residents of the Town of Massena.

I brought a POPs exposure minimization resolution before the Massena
Town board many months ago as part of a campaign to obtain such
resolutions from local governments in St. Lawrence County pursuant to
motivating the St. Lawrence County Legislature to authorize the
creation of a POPs exposure minimization educational outreach program
within the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department.  The Massena
Town Board hesitated to adopt the resolution because they were
concerned about displeasing ALCOA.  After many town boards had adopted
POPs exposure minimization education resolutions, I decided to bring
the matter once more before the Massena Town Board.  Supervisor Gray
suggested that he would revise the resolution.  I agreed to this
because several towns had wanted to make small changes.  In October
2011 the Massena Town Board unanimously adopted the revised
resolution.

I wrote and transmitted a news release on the subject of Massena Town
Board adoption of this resolution.  I used the news release to
emphasize the significance of past respiratory PCB exposures when
addressing lifelong cancer risk imposed by cumulative POPs exposures.
I said nothing in the news release that I had not said in the Massena
Town Board meeting at which the resolution was adopted.

Supervisor Gray states in his letter to North Country Now that the
resolution I brought to the Massena Town Board was unreasonable,
promoting the position that everything caused cancer.  This is false.
Supervisor Gray knows that it is false.  Joseph Gray has libeled me.
I am providing a copy of the original resolution submitted to the
Massena Town Board.  It is clear that Joseph Gray has spoken falsely
when one reads this resolution.  It does not say anything unreasonable
about POPs exposure cancer risk.  This unrevised resolution was
adopted by several town boards because it is a very good resolution.

ALCOA is using Supervisor Gray to attempt to derail the work of Cancer
Action NY.  The truth is coming out now.  ALCOA will learn that it
does not rule St. Lawrence County.  The people rule St. Lawrence
County.

I demand an apology from Supervisor Gray and ALCOA.

joyous in Nature-Viva the Revolution,

Donald L. Hassig

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SUPPORT OF A PUBLIC EDUCATION/CANCER PREVENTION INITIATIVE OF CANCER ACTION NY

WHEREAS, the incidence of cancer in Massena is of great concern to the
Town Board, and

WHEREAS, scientific research published in the peer-reviewed scientific
literature demonstrates the presence of dioxins and other carcinogenic
persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in the food supply, and such food
supply contamination constitutes a major source of exposure, and is
thus a major contributor to cancer causation, and

WHEREAS, many citizens are unaware of the presence of carcinogenic
POPs in the food supply and steps that can be taken to decrease
exposure and thus lower cancer risk, and

WHEREAS, the problem is not isolated to Massena, but requires state
and national government actions to reduce exposure, and

WHEREAS, polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are POPs, and animal
studies have shown that exposure to PBDEs imposes increased cancer
risk, and these chemical compounds are soluble in fat, and food sample
analysis has demonstrated that these pollutants contaminate all animal
fat, and education of the general public concerning the animal fat
consumption exposure route for these and other POPs, including:
dioxins, dioxin-like compounds, PCBs, and lipophilic pesticides is
necessary as a cancer preventative measure, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board for the Town of
Massena, meeting on the date of                   , does hereby
commend the organization CANCER ACTION NY for its efforts to raise
awareness about the problem, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board calls upon its elected
officials at both state level and federal level to use their influence
to help educate Americans on the subject of the cancer risk imposed by
consumption of animal fat, all of which is contaminated with
carcinogenic POPs, and recommends that the educational outreach
described herein be configured such that:  (1) the National Institute
of Environmental Health Sciences is made responsible for review of the
scientific literature for the purpose of finding scientific knowledge
that can be utilized in the creation of cancer prevention messages for
the general public; (2) the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences is made responsible for producing public education pieces
that clearly set forth the cancer prevention knowledge discovered in
the literature review; and (3) the State and County health departments
are made responsible for disseminating the public education pieces to
the residents of their jurisdictional areas, and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Town Board encourages its citizens to
be mindful of the dangers of carcinogenic substances in our
environment and supports initiatives that will promote the health and
happiness of its constituents.

________________________________________________________________________

Massena supervisor says town duped by local cancer activist

http://northcountrynow.com/news/massena-supervisor-says-town-duped-local-cancer-activist-042989


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