A publication of Work On Waste USA, Inc., 82 Judson, Canton, NY 13617 315-379-9200 NOVEMBER 1994
According to a Nov. 18th EPA Press Advisory: These meetings are being held to provide opportunity for interested parties to present to EPA both oral and written comments on EPAs Draft Dioxin Reassessment.
According to Lois Gibbs of the Citizens Clearing House for Hazardous Waste: You can be sure that the corporations who will be impacted most by this report will sink millions of dollars into influencing the governments policy decision. We dont have millions of dollars to counteract their actions, but we do have something worth much more...We have the passion for justice and preservation. We have the power to stop dioxin exposure if we choose to speak out.
State: Date: Location: Time:
Columbus, OH* Dec. 7 City Council Chambers
7 pm to 10 pm
90 West Broad Street
Herndon, VA Dec. 8 and 9 Ramada Renaissance Hotel 9
am to 5 pm
near Dulles Airport
New York City Dec. 12 Haft Theater 9 am to 5 pm, and
227 West 27th Street 7 pm to 9 pm
Newark, NJ Dec. 13 N.J. Institute of Technology 9 am
to 5 pm, and
ballroom 7 pm to 9 pm
Arlington, TX Dec. 13 University of Texas 9 am to 5
Rosebud Theater, 301 W. 2nd St.
Arlington, TX Dec. 13 University of Texas 7 pm to 9
SWEET Center, 406 Summit Dr.
Chicago, IL Dec. 14 EPA Regional office 9 am to 5 pm,
77 West Jackson, 12th floor 7 pm to 9 pm
San Francisco, CA Dec. 16 EPA Regional office 9 am to
75 Hawthorne St., Conference Center
San Francisco, CA Dec. 17 ANA Hotel, 50 Third Street. 9 am to 1 pm
Technical Information Staff (8601), Office of Health and Environmental Assessment, EPA, Wash. DC 20460
Note that there are two documents to the draft dioxin reassessment, each of them containing three volumes. It is important that any submission be labelled, Comments on Dioxin Health Assessment Document or Comments on Dioxin Exposure Assessment Document. If commenting on both documents, separate comments should be submitted. Submissions for oral testimony or written submissions should be made in triplicate. For more information contact David Klauder at the EPA, Tel: 202-260-0536 or Fax: 202-260-0507.
* Columbus was not listed in EPAs press advisory. Sherry Loscko of Grove City, Ohio, sent us the letter she received, dated Nov. 14, 1994, from John Perrecone, Community Relations Coordinator, US EPA Region V. The letter was addressed Dear Resident and stated that a public briefing would be held in Columbus upon the request from Senators Glenn and Metzenbaum...There will be a panel of EPA experts consisting of Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the Environmental Toxicology Division at EPAs Health Effects Research Laboratory in the Office of Research and Development, Mr. Matt Loerber from EPA Headquarters dioxin exposure group and Mr. George Czerniak from the Air and Radiation Division located in EPAs Regional office in Chicago. The meeting should provide you with a comprehensive overview of the issues being considered as part of the dioxin reassessment process. In order to facilitate a dialogue, I will ask the audience to identify any questions on the report before the panel makes any presentations. This allows them to provide relevant information to meet your needs in their presentations. Also, since EPA is taking public comments on the documents until January 13, 1995, we will receive public comments at this meeting as well...
** The shut down of all garbage and medical waste burners. If you can, attend EPAs public meetings on the dioxin reassessment in December. Contact CCHW to join in the special activities they are coordinating at all of EPAs dioxin meetings.
** Work with the Campaign to identify industrial plants like Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan that discharges dioxin into the environment and then find ways to convince these companies to change their dioxin producing practices.
** Send a letter or a postcard to Carol Browner, Administrator, EPA, 401 M. Street, SW, Washington, DC 20460, to convince her to stop advocating the elimination of the Delaney Clause, our protective food regulation. We cant tolerate any additional cancer causing chemicals in our processed food supply, including dioxin..
a new non-profit corporation, has been formed to continue to facilitate the organization of future conferences. This has formalized the leadership and provided the by-laws for this important and highly successful method of getting scientific information on dioxin and related compounds to the public. Equally valuable, these conferences enable scientists, activists and the victims of dioxin to interact with each other. We hope to hold annual conferences at different locations in the U.S. The officers are: Paul Connett, Chairman; Tom Webster, Vice Chair; Ellen Connett, Secretary; and Billie Elmore, Treasurer. Additions to the Board of Directors will be made. We are indebted to Billie Elmore, Board Chairperson of NC WARN, Inc. and Courtney Smith Sanford of Charlotte, N.C., for doing the necessary paperwork to get the corporation officially chartered as a non-profit in North Carolina. NC WARN (Waste Awareness and Reduction Network) has agreed to serve as the fiscal agent for the Conferences until the new corporation applies for its own 501 (c) 3 status with IRS.
Editors: Ellen & Paul Connett, 82 Judson Street, Canton, New York 13617. Tel: 315-379-9200. Fax: 315-379-0448.