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Safe Seafood
Glynn County Seafood Consumption Advisory


UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, June 24th, Green Screen, Ritz Theater, Newcastle Street, Brunswick. Show times:
11:30 am - Welcome and short films
12:15 pm - Break with light lunch and more networking with local environmental orgs
1:15 pm - Feature film presentation: How to Let Go of the World and Love All the Things Climate Can't Change  Appropriate for ages 10+ due to mild language.
There are opportunities for GEC members to participate at our table. Interested - call or email the GEC.

Saturday, June 24, 10:00 to 4:00, Rally for Cumberland, Howard Gilman Waterfront Park, St Marys. A coming together in support of Cumberland Island National Seashore - and raising our voices in opposition to rezoning that would allow the development of this fragile and precious Biosphere Reserve. * Free "Don't Develop Cumberland Island" t-shirts for the first 400 attendees, music, face-painting, information booths, food trucks * Hosted by Save Cumberland Island National Seashore. There are opportunities for GEC members to participate at our tent.  Interested - call or email the GEC.

Friday, July 7 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, Olive Garden, 11 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Jason Lee Nongame Conservation Section Program Manager with DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division is giving a presentation about Altama Plantation and the history of the 4,000-acre nature preserve outside Brunswick which opened to the public a year ago. He will also share information on its natural resources, what makes the property a biological gem, and what the property means for state wildlife goals.

Friday, August 4 - GEC 1st Friday Lunch, 11:15 AM, Olive Garden Restaurant, 600 Glynn Isles, Brunswick. Maegan Mack, GEC Safe Seafood Outreach, will be speaking about the Socio-Economic Decision-Making of Fishers in the Seafood Advisory Area. Maegan has been studying fisher psychology during outreach activities.

 

Press Contact: Stephenie Hendricks 415 258-9151 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Environmental Health Advocates to Congress: We Look to You to Protect Us from Chemical Exposure

Scientists, physicians, and health advocates sent a letter to select a Senate subcommittee asking them to protect the public form toxic chemicals and other pollutants that are causing death and disease.  Voices from Tanzania to Glenn County Georgia reached out to the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health asking them to make the health of the public their highest priority. 

They state “It is no longer a matter of ‘environmental enthusiasts’ versus the nation's economic engine, but rather an urgent matter of preventing thousands of other illnesses and deaths each year that result from a disregard for clean air, water, and food.  Dr. Michael Harbut, Chief of Occupational and Environmental Medicine in Michigan, says, “I see patients who have been harmed by toxic chemicals and asbestos in their homes, workplaces, and schools. Delays in protective policies mean more children with cancer, and more adults with debilitating diseases that shorten their lives.”

Congressional investigations into the U.S. EPA's decisions on toxic chemicals, climate change, and other health issues have raised concerns about skewing science to limit regulations, thus placing public health in jeopardy.  Campaign contributions from energy and chemical companies heavily regulated by the U.S. EPA to members of the Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics, and Environmental Health who oversee actions of U.S. EPA are a concern. The Health advocates point to the Subcommittee as a critical safety net that must insist the U.S. EPA carry out their protective mandate. 

They point to Senator Lautenberg of New Jersey's who chairs the Subcommittee as an example of a Senator who is fighting for public protections.  His upcoming "Kids Safe Chemicals Act" will require chemicals that are exposed to in communities and the workplace to have evidence of safety. “This is an element long missing from U.S. environmental policy and an essential step,” says Dr. Kathleen Burns, who testified for the Department of Justice on harm from coal-plant air pollution.  “Chemical hazards and dirty energy sources don't discriminate based on race, income or age.”  The authors understand why health leaders in other countries have endorsed their letter to the Subcommittee.  "They hope the U.S. will stop ignoring global treaties and join other nations in working for a cleaner and safer world, “ added Burns.

Contributions from the U.S. EPA regulated industries to Subcommittee members' campaigns are legal.  The Fair Elections bill introduced March 31st by Senator Spector, the ranking Republican on the Subcommittee, is encouraging to Dr. Harbut.  Harbut has witnessed the undoing of many attempts to ban asbestos, carried out by politicians who receive contributions from the asbestos industry. This fact is all the more troubling because asbestos is so hazardous that most developed countries banned it years ago.

Daniel Parshley works to alleviate chemical contamination in his community, which is besieged by four Superfund sites. Parshley was ask to testify at recent House EPA ethics hearings, and is determined that the Subcommittee take its EPA oversight role seriously. He points to a school next to one of the local Superfund sites in his coastal area of Georgia.  "The EPA is refusing to test the school contaminated by the adjoining Superfund Site.  The EPA Office of Inspector General and a Congressional investigation have both found serious ethical problems with the EPA's handling of this,” according to Parshley.  He hopes the Subcommittee will be a strong ally for all communities.  "They are a last resort when our politicians and EPA turn a blind eye. Our Senators received large contributions from polluters. At least we can reach out to the Subcommittee who we hope understands the situation and will insist on cleanup."

A nationally-acclaimed journalist who investigated pollution in Houston's most contaminated neighborhoods also sees the Subcommittee's oversight as essential to restoring public health protections.  Alice Shabecoff observed that Houston's East End is home to a myriad of petrochemical companies. According to Shabecoff's latest book, Poisoned Profits – the Toxic Assault on Our Children (Random House) ”Children living within two miles of this area, have a 56% increased risk of contracting acute lymphocytic leukemia.” In spite of this and against the wishes of the community, a new school was recently built in the East End.  Community members have been unable to obtain help in addressing the pollution problem at the state level or from their own politicians in Washington.

The authors of the letter hope that Subcommittee members will join them in pursuing a safer and cleaner environment, stating: Our shared goals include insuring the safety of water, air, soil, and food supplies through careful management and protection of essential resources. We believe that you share those goals, by virtue of your participation on the Subcommittee. 

Alice Shabecoff, who has observed the politics of environmental health, said she hopes that even those Subcommittee members who have taken large contributions from polluting companies and voted against public protections in the past will have a change of heart.  "Although Senator Inhofe has a near perfect record of voting against legislation to protect the environment, I'm confident that when he looks at the faces of children who were unnecessarily harmed, he will support essential health protections."

Website: www.sciencecorps.org/protectourcommunities.html

Available for Interviews:

Mike Harbut, M.D.,  Co-Director National Center for Vermiculite & Asbestos-Related Cancers, Karamanos Cancer Center, Wayne State Univ., Chief, Center for Occupational & Environmental Medicine, Royal Oak, Michigan  phone (248)547-9100  e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Alice Shabecoff, Co-author, Poisoned Profits: The Toxic Assault on our Children This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Daniel Parshley, Project Director. Glynn Environmental Coalition, Brunswick, Georgia. 

Story at:  http://www.glynnenvironmental.org/oldsite/009AltamaElementarySchool2-08.htm

phone: office  (912) 466-0934;  cell  (912) 506-8869  e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kathleen Burns, Ph.D.  Director, Sciencecorps,  Lexington, MA   www.sciencecorps.org

(781) 861-1108  e-mail:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Federal Sources on Campaign Funding

Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Subcommittee on Superfund, Toxics and Environmental Health

http://epw.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Subcommittees.Subcommittee&Subcommittee_id=103b2505-610f-4f02-9004-7917c159b4aa

Federal Election Commission Campaign Finance Reports and Data

http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml

Senate Office of Public Records

http://www.senate.gov/legislative/Public_Disclosure/LDA_reports.htm

House Energy and Commerce U.S. House Energy Subcommittee on Energy and Environment

http://energycommerce.house.gov/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Lobbying Disclosure, Office of the Clerk

http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/

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