2012 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:36:35 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] Communities Sign-On Letter on Munitions Constituents in S.3525 This letter, signed by 35 environmental activists in 16 states and territories, was sent to Senators Tester, Reid, and Boxer.
This letter, signed by 35 environmental activists in 16 states and territories, was sent to Senators Tester, Reid, and Boxer.


Dear Senator:

It has come to our attention that S. 3525, the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 - scheduled for a U.S. Senate floor vote immediately after Thanksgiving 2012, contains language that appears to exempt certain munitions constituents, such as lead and propellants, from the Toxic Substances Control Act. [See Section 121 (a).] We are concerned because the releases of such substances, including lead, perchlorate, RDX, DNT, etc., have been widely released into the environment, posing serious risks to both human health and the natural environment.

For example, in June 2012 the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry concluded, "Lead shot and fragments found on the Tyndall Elementary School grounds [in Florida] presented an urgent public health hazard to children who may have ingested the lead shot." Furthermore, millions of Americans are exposed to perchlorate from military rockets and fireworks at levels likely to harm newborns and young children.

We urge that Congress not enact such legislation without first carefully evaluating its implications and offering people concerned about the release of such toxic substances the opportunity to comment.

Signed (in alphabetical order),

John G. Buddy Andrade
Old Bedford Village Development
New Bedford, MA

Scott Barker
Delaware, OH

Herb Bernstein
Institute for Science & Interdisciplinary Studies
Amherst, MA

William Berry
Community Co-Chair
Moffett Restoration Advisory Board, CA

Dvija Michael Bertish
Rosemere Neighborhood Association
Vancouver WA

John Blair
Valley Watch
Evansville, IN

Monica Davis
Imani Advocates
Evansville, IN

Ken and Regina Deschere
Ithaca South Hill Industrial Pollution
Ithaca, NY

Joseph A. Gardella, Jr.
John and Frances Larkin Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo, SUNY

Debra Hall
Hopewell Junction Citizens for Clean Water
Hopewell Junction, NY

Cory Harden
Hilo, HI

Richard Hill
Save the Valley
Madison, IN

Sandra Jaquith
Site Specific Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal, Member
Denver, CO

Barry Kissin
Fort Detrick Restoration Advisory Board Member
Frederick, MD

Jean E. Mannhaupt
Park Ridge Home Owners Association
Manorville, NY

Lirio Márquez D'Acunti
Vieques Conservation and Historical Trust
Vieques, PR

Colleen McNamara
Vieques Restoration Advisory Board Member
Vieques, PR

Bob Moss
Moffett Field Restoration Advisory Board Member
Palo Alto, CA

Dave Ness, Jr.
Stillwater, MN

Dave Ogren
CTS Citizens Monitoring Council
Asheville, NC

Bruce Oldfield
Hillcrest Environmental Action Team
Binghamton NY

Steven B. Pollack
Blue Eco Legal Council
Highland Park, IL

Lisa Riggiola
Citizens For A Clean Pompton Lakes
Pompton Lakes, NJ

Edwin Riveira
Hands Across the River Coalition
New Bedford, MA

Lenny Siegel
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
Mountain View, CA

Kent Slowinski
Environmental Health Group
Washington, DC

Andria Ventura
Clean Water Action
San Francisco, CA

Paul F. Walker
Global Green USA
Washington DC

Christina Walsh
Chatsworth, CA

Martha Walters
ARC Ecology
San Francisco, CA

Laura Ward
Tallevast, FL

Wanda Washington
Tallevast, FL

Andrew Williams
Watertown , NY

Center for Biological Diversity
Tucson, AZ

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