Friday, February 3, 2017


Hid Planned Exposure Levels 1,000s of Times Safe Drinking Water Act Limits

Originally posted on Dec 22, 2016

Washington, DC — In the last days of the Obama Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is about to dramatically increase allowable public exposure to radioactivity to levels thousands of times above the maximum limits of the Safe Drinking Water Act, according to documents the agency surrendered in a federal lawsuit brought by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). These radical rollbacks cover the “intermediate period” following a radiation release and could last for up to several years. This plan is in its final stage of approval.

The documents indicate that the plan’s rationale is rooted in public relations, not public health. Following Japan’s Fukushima meltdown in 2011, EPA’s claims that no radioactivity could reach the U.S. at levels of concern were contradicted by its own rainwater measurements showing contamination from Fukushima throughout the U.S. well above Safe Drinking Water Act limits. In reaction, EPA prepared new limits 1000s of times higher than even the Fukushima rainwater because “EPA experienced major difficulties conveying to the public that the detected levels…were not of immediate concern for public health.”

When EPA published for public comment the proposed “Protective Action Guides,” it hid proposed new concentrations for all but four of the 110 radionuclides covered, and refused to reveal how much they were above Safe Drinking Water Act limits. It took a lawsuit to get EPA to release documents showing that –

The proposed PAGs for two radionuclides (Cobalt-60 and Calcium-45) are more than 10,000 times Safe Drinking Water Act limits. Others are hundreds or thousands of times higher.

According to EPA’s own internal analysis, some concentrations are high enough to deliver a lifetime permissible dose in a single day. Scores of other radionuclides would be allowed at levels that would produce a lifetime dose in a week or a month;

The levels proposed by the Obama EPA are higher than what the Bush EPA tried to adopt--also in its final days.

That plan was ultimately withdrawn; and the EPA hid the proposed increases from the public so as to “avoid confusion,” intending to release the higher concentrations only after the proposal was adopted. The documents also reveal that EPA’s radiation division even hid the new concentrations from other divisions of EPA that were critical of the proposal, requiring repeated efforts to get them to even be disclosed internally.

“To cover its embarrassment after being caught dissembling about Fukushima fallout on American soil, EPA is pursuing a justification for assuming a radioactive fetal position even in cases of ultra-high contamination,” stated PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch, noting that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has called for the PAGs to be withdrawn on both public health and legal grounds. “The Safe Drinking Water Act is a federal law; it cannot be nullified or neutered by regulatory ‘guidance.’”

Despite claims of transparency, EPA solicited public comment on its plan even as it hid the bulk of the plan’s effects. Nonetheless, more than 60,000 people filed comments in opposition.

“The Dr. Strangelove wing of EPA does not want this information shared with many of its own experts, let alone the public,” added Ruch, noting that PEER had to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to force release of exposure limits. “This is a matter of public health that should be promulgated in broad daylight rather than slimed through in the witching hours of a departing administration.”


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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Letters Regarding: Alerts for Drinking Water and Radiation Levels and Measurement Methods

Subject:  PAGs (Protective Action Guides) and US EPA Finished Drinking Water 900 Method (being used on raw untreated water suspected of containing radiation...)

US EPA Aministrator Gina McCarthy
Washington D.C.

Dear Ms. McCarthy,

Please kindly review the below comments.  They are based primarily upon your agency's own former top  radiation experts and other top US government radiation experts I have consulted with over the decades.

In approx. 2003, deeply concerned technical experts within your agency had personally warned me about the PAGs being proposed even back then.  I strongly believe they shared this with me because they were already acutely aware of the deeply troubling situation regarding radiation and testing at our Uniontown IEL Superfund site in Ohio.   In this same  time frame in the mid 2000s, after reviewing the US EPA's/corporations' data base on IEL, top independent university radiation experts indeed estimated the IEL toxic landfill may contain up to 1/2 ton of deadly Plutonium and other dangerous radiation isotopes, but may have been underestimated given outdated, questionable methods permitted by US EPA's NAREL.  However, apparently due to the perceived severe politics/pressures involved,  and thanks to US Region 5 bowing to the corporations' wishes, even the most basic clean up of mere institutional controls were killed off that your agency had promised the community would be implemented to  help mitigate the outward migration of toxins by isolating the hundreds of tons of waste perched just a few feet above the water table linked to the area's sole source aquifer system serving up to 600,000 Ohioans in several counties.  Instead this Superfund Site continues to freely flush to this day ..

Ms. McCarthy, I believe that those same US EPA experts   who had long ago shared their worries about the PAGs being implemented  all too well  understood  the "gaming" of the rad testing that had already been going on for years.  .... -  i.e,  so called  "compliance monitoring " - using the US EPA "Finished Drinking Water 900 Methods" - methods meant for finished, treated water systems and they said was never meant to be used on raw, untreated water sources found like at IEL.  Please see numerous letters documenting these  serious deviations away from what is considered to be  best available science in letters to EPA found on our group's website:  

Thus, the EPA scientists not simply expressed their fears of the PAGs being misused leaving Americans at risk to dangerous radiation,  but they likewise raised serious concerns to me about the  US EPA's unscientific usage of the "EPA Finished Drinking Water 900 Methods" on raw, untreated water sources suspected of containing radiation, which is what occurred at Uniontown IEL.

Therefore, I am writing you today to not only ask that you NOT sign off on the PAGs , but to please issue a change in policy immediately, before this Administration ceases, to once and for all prohibit the US EPA from allowing/prescribing/condoning the continued usage of the EPA Finished Drinking Water 900 Methods whenever raw, untreated water suspected of containing radiation is involved.

Important note :  While those same EPA whistle blowers had thought by 2000 they had at least stopped this practice of using the 900 on raw, untreated water after this was erroneously done to the Uniontown IEL Superfund Site,  we have outrageously come to learn in recent years in working on fracking issues that US EPA continues to apparently suggest/permit others consulting the EPA to use the Finished Drinking Water 900 Methods on raw fracking waste water, despite the scientific evidence going against this being allowed, if in fact, there is a desire to learn the true amounts of water soluble radium 226 present in the fracking wastes .  Experts consulted over the years advised me that they believed that while most people know that Plutonium is deadly, many do not understand that given the way the water soluble radium can be metabolized = bone seeking, even more in the body than Plutonium, which is somewhat excreted,  It is essential that EPA take these steps immediately to insure credible data is gathered given the  vast amounts of fracking wastes being discharged daily into our US communities in Ohio, PA., W. Virginia, New York and elsewhere, or many more IEL landfills will occur.


Chris Borello, President , Concerned Citizens of Lake Twp.
Uniontown IEL Superfund Site, Ohio

ON NOVEMBER 21st 2016 The following letter was sent from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service to alert and inform people of the serious threat of increased radiation levels to the water supplies across the nation...

NUCLEAR INFORMATION AND RESOURCE SERVICE • 6930 Carroll Ave., Ste. 340 • Takoma Park, MD, 20912 • (301) 270-6477 •

November 21, 2016

Dear Friend,

In July, thousands of us took action to stop dangerous new radiation guidance for drinking water. The EPA refused to listen, and now this guidance could be approved anytime--unless we act now!
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy is on the verge of approving radiation levels hundreds and thousands of times higher than currently allowed in drinking water and at cleaned-up Superfund sites.

These mis-named “Protective” Action Guides for Drinking Water (Water PAGs)  dramatically INCREASE allowable radioactivity in water. Enormous levels of invisible but deadly radioactive contamination would be permitted in drinking water for weeks, months or even years after a nuclear accident or “incident.” The PAGs are not for the immediate phase after a radioactive release but the next phase--which could last for years--when local residents may return home to contaminated water and not know the danger.

Take action now: Protect drinking water from dangerous radiation levels!
There are two quick actions to take today:

Tell your EPA Regional Administrator (see map and list on the NIRS website) to ask EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy why she is raising radiation levels allowed in drinking water.

Send a message to Administrator McCarthy yourself asking her not to approve these dangerous radiation levels in drinking water.

We have stopped PAGs like these from being approved before--and we can do it again. EPA insiders attempted to push these dangerous guides through in the waning days of the Bush administration, and public pressure like this got the agency to pull them back. Now we have to do it again!

Thanks for all you do!

Diane D'Arrigo
Radioactive Waste Project Director

More Information

The PAGs protect the polluters from liability, not the public from radiation. CHECK out the NBC 4 News Story . (Available on the NIRS website)

These PAGs are a bad legacy . Approving them now is a deceptive way to circumvent the Safe Drinking Water Act, Superfund cleanup levels, and EPA’s history of limiting the allowable risk of cancer to 1 in a million people exposed (or at most 1 in 10,000 in worst-case scenarios).

The PAGs don't just affect water!

They markedly relax long-term cleanup standards.

They set very high and outdated radiation levels allowable in food.

They eliminate requirements to evacuate people vulnterable to high radiation doses to the thyroid and skin.

They eliminate limits on lifetime whole body radiation exposures.

And they recommend dumping radioactive waste in municipal garbage dumps not designed for such waste.

Outrageously, EPA is expanding the kinds of radioactive ‘incidents’ that would be allowed to give off these dangerously high levels and doses.

PAGs originally applied to huge nuclear disasters like the nuclear power meltdowns at Fukushima or a dirty bomb BUT NOW they could ALSO apply to less dramatic releases from nuclear power reactors or radio-pharmaceutical spills, nuclear transport accidents, fires or any radioactive “incident” that “warrant[s] consideration of protective action.”


Region 1 Administrator Curt Spalding
(617) 918-1010

Region 2 Administrator Judith Enck
(212) 637-5000

Region 3 Administrator Cecil Rodrigues
(215) 814-2683

Region 4 Administrator Heather McTeer Toney
(404) 562-9900

Region 5 Acting Administrator Robert A. Kaplan
(312) 886-3000

Region 6 Administrator Ron Curry
(214) 665-2100

Region 7 Administrator Mark Hague
(913) 551-7006

Region 8 Administrator Shaun McGrath
(303) 312-6532

Region 9 Acting Administrator Alexis Strauss
(415) 947-8000

Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran
(206) 553-1234 

For more info, contact Diane D'Arrigo at NIRS: or 301-270-6477
Please note: NIRS never sells, rents, trades, or otherwise makes our e-mail lists available to other organizations or individuals for any reason.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Caumsett Culling Called "Park Maintenance"

Lloyd Harbor resident Jeff Bartels, a self described "Town Birddog"  can't believe his own words, but he called Huntington Town officials last week to complain that there would be NO DEER CULLING in October, November or December this year.  Every year prior, Mr. Bartels, whose Fiddler's Green property is very near to Caumsett State Park, has complained because the fall culling went on in the middle of the night and the shotgun blasts woke him up.

Thanks to George Gorman, deputy director of New York State Parks for Long Island,  the hunters, who are sharpshooters, now use silencers, so Mr. Bartels can sleep through the night.  But recently, Mr. Bartels noticed a sign on the Caumsett State Park gate that read that the park was closed for “Park Maintenance”.  He said he knew that was not the case, so he called New York State Parks Department.

Mr. Bartels spoke with George Gorman, last week and Mr. Gorman admitted that the sign was misleading and of course it meant they were culling.  Mr. Gorman said the responsibility for changing the schedule at Caumsett lies with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the DEC.  He agreed to ask for a meeting about the issue.  Since now that there is no hunting allowed in Caumsett State Park in October, November and December this year, that means the culling will go on in January and the spring when the does are in foal.

Mr. Bartels objects to their “killing two deer with one bullet, the doe and her unborn fetus.”  The culling is also going on at the Catholic Seminary of The Immaculate Conception in Lloyd Harbor, but according to Mr. Gorman, the State is not paying for the culling at the seminary.

Mr. Gorman agreed to ask the DEC for a meeting to discuss their changing of the culling schedule that happened about three years ago, according to him.  The last meeting on the issue was over ten years ago he said.

Freelance contacted Huntington Town press liaison A.J. Carter, to find out if as Mr. Gorman said,  the Town might be paying for the culling at the Seminary.  According to Mr. Carter, "The Seminary is in the Incorporated Village of Lloyd Harbor, so the Town has no jurisdiction or involvement in what is or is not happening on that property. The Town also has no direct knowledge of what the village is doing. "

An Email to the Village officials in Lloyd Harbor asking if they pay for the culling on the Seminary property, remains unanswered at time of press.

Freelance also awaits any response from the Seminary regarding who is paying for the culling on their property and if the Seminary has a problem with killing does and their unborn fetuses in the spring culling.

The DEC was sent a list of question regarding the issue:

Will there be a meeting regarding this issue?
Why is the culling schedule for Caumsett different than for the rest of the state?
Was it changed three or for years ago?  If so, why and at whose request?
Does the DEC purposely cull in the spring knowing the bullet will kill both the doe and potentially her unborn fetus as well?  Is this considered a humane procedure?

At time of press the media liason has not responded to the questions.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Long Island Resident Shares His Cancer Story With Vice President Biden

                                THE CANCER MOONSHOT INITIATIVE

Today, cancer is the leading cause of death worldwide. It's personal for the Vice President — and for nearly every American and millions of people around the world who personally, or through a family or friend, are affected by it.

The Vice President is leading a "Cancer Moonshot Initiative" to seize this moment and accelerate our efforts towards a cure. That means aiming to turn this deadly disease into a manageable chronic condition — and to unleash new discoveries and breakthroughs for other deadly diseases.

Cancer touches each of us. Share your story with the Vice President.

If this is personal for you — if your life or the life of someone you know has been touched by cancer, share your story with the Vice President at

Below is a story by a Long Island resident;   Dr. Carmine Vasile,  that he posted to the Vice Presidents' website about the Moonshot Initiative.  Dr. Vasile is an Electrophysicist who was Grumman Inventor of the Year, when he worked at the Bethpage facility.

Dr. Vasile asked:  "Please work together to prevent "America's Water Cartel" from defeating Biden's Cancer Moonshot Initiative, the way they defeated President Nixon's 1971 War on Cancer."

                       ***************Dr. Vasile's  Story***********************

    In his 1971 State of the Union address President Nixon declared war on cancer as follows "I will also ask for an appropriation of an extra $100 million to launch an intensive campaign to find a cure for cancer, and I will ask later for whatever additional funds can effectively be used. The time has come in America when the same kind of concentrated effort that split the atom and took man to the moon should be turned toward conquering this dread disease. Let us make a total national commitment to achieve this goal." (National Cancer Act of 1971

    Nixon neglected to mention the “concentrated effort that split the atom” was the cause of America’s cancer pandemic. The award-winning film, “The Atomic States of America” indicates we lost Nixon’s war on cancer, in part, because EPA officials retaliated by excluding radionuclides from the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 (SDWA) --- the year my son was treated for his first of many brain cancers that his Huntington, NY doctors blamed on pesticides. References [1] to [10] contain proof of EPA and FDA corruption.

    For example, Radon-222 (Rn-222) is a water soluble radioactive gas that cannot be removed by even the most expensive filtration systems without aeration and/or distillation. A 1985 study indicated drinking water in Maine had a mean value of 22,000 pCi/L for Rn-222 in water, with a maximum value over 1,000,000 pCi/L in one the sample. [1, pg. 2]

    The graphs I uploaded last year to indicate a million pCi/L of Rn-222 will emit over 5 million pCi/L of total radiation; about 3 million in Alpha radiation from Rn-222, Polonium-218/218/210 & 2 million of gross Beta & Gamma radiation from Lead-214/210 & Bismuth-214/210.

    Yet the EPA failed to set an MCL for Rn-222 in 1991 in contempt of Congress’ mandate to set a Radon-MCL by 1991 in order to prevent 80 cancer fatalities per year. The FDA was ordered by Congress to apply the Radionuclides Rule to bottled water, yet neither EPA nor FDA officials have been prosecuted for contempt of Congress.

    Consequently, millions of people continue to be poisoned each day by Radon-222, Polonium-210, 214 and 218 and other radioactive elements in tap and bottled water.

   My son’s doctors lied in 1974 to conceal the fact that our drinking water was (and continues to be) contaminated by Rn-222, Po-214,  and Po-218 isotopes in concentrations far above the 15 pCi/L Gross Alpha MCL set in 1976 -- the year corrupt EPA officials added the Radionuclides Rule to the SDWA, but excluded Rn-222, the parent of Po-210, 214 and 218.  

     New York State also has enormous levels of Rn-222, yet Governor Cuomo continues to ignore my February 20, 2015 Polonium Petition @

Additionally, contains a response to my Polonium Petition in which the NYS Health Department estimated tap water feeding homes @ 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 43, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63 and 65 Herbert Circle, Patchogue, NY 11772, has over 1,120 pCi/L of total Alpha radioactivity; about 75 times the Gross Alpha MCL. Yet Governor Cuomo continues to ignore this clear health hazard.

   Unless Vice President Biden can overcome such endemic corruption by EPA and FDA officials, as well as corrupt State Governors like  Cuomo, his Cancer Moonshot Initiative will fail as did President Nixon’s 1971 War on Cancer.

Yours truly,

Dr. Carmine F. Vasile
Patchogue, NY


1.     "Measurement of Radon-222 and Lead-210 in Bottled Spring Water", by Timothy A. DeVol, John P. Clements and Lara D. Hughes, Environmental Engineering and Science Department, Clemson University @

2.     "OCCURRENCE OF RADON IN FLORIDA’S PUBLIC WATER SUPPLIES", Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Water Resource Management, Bureau of Water Facilities Regulation, Drinking Water Section (Mail Station 3520), 2600 Blair Stone Road, Twin Towers Office Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400, (850) 487-1762; January 2000. []

3.     Quote from

4.     EPA Project Summary: "Radon Removal by POE GAC Systems: Design, Perf ormance, and Cost", EPA/600/S2-90/049 Jan. 1991. [It’s been uploaded with comments to:]

5.     According to the EPA, "Reverse osmosis does not remove gaseous contaminants such as carbon dioxide and radon." (Quote from

6.     Report to Congress: Radon in Drinking Water Regulations, by the Office of Water (4607M) EPA 815-R-12-002 (May 2012) @

7.     REPORT OF STATEWIDE SURVEILLANCE FOR RADON IN SELECTED COMMUNITY WATER SYSTEMS, NEW YORK STATE 1989 – 1990; September 1990, by David Axelrod, M.D., New York State Department of Health Commissioner and Kenneth E. Slade, P.E., Bureau of Public Water Supply Protection Contaminant Studies Section. []

8.     RADON IN DRINKING WATER, March 1988, by David Harris, M.D., M.P.H., Commissioner Suffolk County Department of Health Services (SCDHS), and Aldo Andreoli, P.E., Director, Division of Environmental Health. []

9.     “For many years, under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), FDA was supposed to adopt and apply to bottled water all EPA tap water standards within 180 days after EPA issued those standards. [107] FDA was authorized to refuse to apply the EPA tap water standards to bottled water in certain circumstances where it determined and published reasons explaining why they were inappropriate for bottled water. [108] What happened, however, was that rather than affirmatively making such determinations, FDA just could not seem to be able to get around to issuing bottled water standards or making determinations at all.” Quote from: “Chapter 4, Gaping Holes in Government Bottled Water Regulation” NRDC @


Sunday, December 6, 2015

Urgent Red Alert/Help Prohibit ALL types of Shale Fracking in New York/LPG Fracking Decision Could Be Imminent


Please sign arguably our most important coalition letter yet.  I cannot overemphasize how critical this letter is:

Read a formatted alert:


Since last December 17th, New Yorkers have been told over and over that shale fracking is banned in our state.  As I will document herein, that is definitely not true.  On the contrary, Marcellus Shale fracking could begin any day.

The Problem

Based on a huge trove of previously secret documents that I just obtained through Freedom of Information, it is now painfully clear that Governor Cuomo has not banned all forms of shale fracking in New York.  The reality is that the high-volume hydraulic fracturing (HVHF) prohibition has been deliberately drafted with more holes than Swiss cheese.  

The Department of Environmental Conservation specifically exempted "gelled propane" or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and all other non-water "environmentally-friendly" fracking methods from the definition of HVHF adopted by the Findings Statement issued on June 29, 2015.  This was not an oversight.

Unbeknownst to the public, DEC received a "gelled propane" permit application for Tioga County on April 24, 2015, two months before the Findings Statement was issued.  That means DEC knew its HVHF definition could open the door to LPG fracking.

This was done even though the Findings Statement concluded that LPG and other "environmentally friendly" fracking methods, ""all fail to limit unavoidable adverse environmental impacts and fail to address the risks and uncertainties of high-volume hydraulic fracturing."

Even worse, the HVHF definition has a second and potentially bigger loophole.  The HVHF prohibition only applies to "the stimulation of a well using 300,000 or more gallons of water as the base fluid for hydraulic fracturing for all stages in a well completion (emphasis added)"  

This raises the extremely troubling concern that HVHF might be permissible if only one stage in a well completion uses less than 300,000 gallons of water-based fracking fluid.

Our Backs Are Now Up Against the Wall

Our July coalition letter which requested that Governor Cuomo prohibit LPG fracking pending an environmental impact assessment pursuant to the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) did not receive a favorable reply.  Similar requests also were not fulfilled.  There can be no question that our backs are now up against the wall on this issue.

All summer long, the firms proposing to frack Marcellus Shale with LPG in Tioga County have been super busy trying to gain approval for their project.  You will be shocked by the amount of effort underway:

The Solution: Require a Supplemental Findings Statement

We do not have a moment to lose.  A decision on LPG fracking could happen any day.

We must require the HVHF definition to be expanded to prohibit all types of shale fracking in New York.  This can be achieved by requiring DEC to issue a Supplemental Findings Statement.  A Supplemental Findings Statement is permissible by law.  A Supplemental Findings Statement was issued for the 1992 Generic Environmental Impact Statement.

The HVHF definition must be amended in two ways.  First, it must apply to the use of "water or any other substances" as the base fluid for hydraulic fracking.  Second, the "high-volume" definition hydraulic fracking must be reduced from 300,000 or more gallons for all stages of a well completion to 5,000 or more gallons for any stage of a well completion.

Given those concerns, New York's far stronger definition of HVHF should be:

"High-volume hydraulic fracturing is defined as the stimulation of a well using 5,000 [300,000] or more gallons of water or any other substances as the base
fluid for hydraulic fracturing for any [all] stage[s]in a well completion, regardless of whether the well is vertical or directional, including horizontal, in Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs.  The 5,000 [300,000]-gallon threshold is the sum of all water or any other substances, fresh and recycled, used for any [all] stage[s] in a well completion.  Well stimulation requiring less than 5,000 [300,000] gallons of water or any other substances as the base fluid for hydraulic fracturing for any [all] stage[s] in a well completion is not considered high-volume, and will continue to be reviewed and permitted pursuant to the 1992 GEIS, and 1992 and 1993 Findings Statements, but not for Marcellus Shale and other low-permeability gas reservoirs."

Normal Question:  What You Can Do?

Sign the New Coalition Letter TODAY.  Get everyone you know to become signatories:

Persuade as many groups as possible to become signatories.  DO NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER!!!

Call Governor Cuomo during business hours at 518 474 8390 to request that DEC issue a Supplemental Findings Statement to prohibit all types of shale fracking in New York.

Hold the Governor to his promise that: DEC " will not establish a high-volume hydraulic fracturing permitting program; that no individual or site-specific permit applications for wells using high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be processed; and that high-volume hydraulic fracturing will be prohibited in New York State."


Many pundits earlier declared that gelled propane fracking in Tioga County is only a "publicity stunt."  It is now perfectly clear that a lot of money is being spent, a serious law firm is working hard to gain permit approvals and administrative events are moving full-steam ahead.

Other pundits declared that no firms could make money fracking for gas in New York State, so we had nothing to worry about.  Obviously some firms disagree.

Pundits also noted that the firm which proposed to do the LPG fracking was bankrupt.  That firm has now been bought and is back in business.  The new owner reportedly said, "Companies seem interested in rekindling waterless fracking efforts elsewhere."  Like New York?

I implore you to take nothing for granted.  Please take further focused action to prohibit all types of shale fracking in New York before it is too late.

Thanks so much for your assistance.


Walter (Hang)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

FealGood Foundation & 9/11 Responders are Appalled

CONTACT: John Feal 631 724 3320, 516 901 7427

FealGood Foundation & 9/11 Responders are Appalled & Denounce the Underfunded 9/11 Bill from the House Judiciary Chairman Congressman Bob Goodlatte from Virginia

New York - On a day when Republicans voted for a new Speaker of the House, and promised they are turning over a new leaf, the House Judiciary Congressman Bob Goodlatte recklessly and without regard for the actual needs of 9/11 responders introduced his own version of the James Zadroga Health & Compensation Act. This bizarre act of unilateral action was ironically done the same day the James Zadroga Health & Compensation Act crossed the 60-vote threshold to make the bill filibuster proof.  Even more bizarre, Chairman Goodlatte didn’t consult with the bill House bill sponsors even though that bill has 237 bipartisan cosponsors in the House.

Not only is this a slap in the face to everyone affected by 9/11/01 and its aftermath. It is proof that Chairman did not think this through, or he is truly misinformed and does not appreciate the magnitude and devastation that 9/11/01 and its aftermath is still causing. The Chairman has refused to speak to advocates for a permanent program, and never followed protocol in holding a hearing like Chairman Upton in the Energy & Commerce Committee to actually find out how much money would be needed to compensate the responders who continue to suffer and perish in huge numbers. Introducing his own 5 year bill does not even come close to providing what is needed to help the 12,000 people eligible for compensation.

If Chairman Goodlattee actually cared about the tens of thousands who suffer and 470 people in his state that suffer as well, he would have made a mature & responsible choice and held a hearing and held discussions with 9/11 advocates.  Instead, he has taken the lazy route and just offered the same thing that we got in 2010.   We all know now that those amounts have fallen short and that the responders still need help.

The 9/11 Community and its advocates strongly oppose this ridiculous and insulting piece of legislation set forth by Chairman Goodlatte, and we will not settle nor be insulted anymore by House members who cannot wrap their arms around 14 years of anguish and pain that still haunts thousands of heroes every waking day.

On Tuesday, November 17th 9/11 Responders again will be in DC meeting with members of Congress to extend a permanent bill and make sure Chairman Goodlattes bill is exposed for its politics, its weaknesses and its lack of substance to guarantee proper funding for yesterday's heroes.

Please call Congressman Bob Goodlatte Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee  202 225 5431 or Judiciary Committee 202 225 3951 and tell him his version of our Bill is an insult, under funded and a half ass attempt to appease the 9/11 community.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Tell Congress We Will Never Forget 9/11 First Responders and Survivors

On September 16, 2015  John Feal of the Fealgood Foundation for 9/11 First Responders and dozens of New York City Firefighters  headed to Washington D.C. on a bus.  At the Capitol Triangle they were met and armed with the wit, wisdom and political clout of none other than Jon Stewart.  A longtime supporter of the brave men and women who put their lives on the line after the 9/11 World Trade Center attack in 2001, the former Daily Show host hoped to keep the heat on Congress to extend the Zadroga Act and extend financial benefits to First Responders, funds that are expected to run out by next October.  Thousands of First Responders, Police, Firefighters and those that cleaned the buildings and corresponding areas were exposed to deadly carcinogenic and toxic air for months after the attack and are sick and suffering.

                                      THE AIR AT GROUND ZERO

They were told the air was safe to breathe by authorities who clearly had to know that was a boldface lie.

Former EPA Administrator, Christine Todd Whitman assured 9/11 responders and the rest of New York the air was safe to breathe.  This was proven to be a lie when the EPA Inspector General's report in August 2003 found that statement to be "Unfounded", noting when Ms. Whitman made that announcement on September 18th that this statement was made without any sufficient data to support it.

Only the personnel dealing with the fires at the Pentagon had full Haz-Mat gear on as was needed considering the heavy metals and pulverized plastics and other detritus that was at the site of the Pentagon.  The fire in New York and at the pile was burning for weeks.  The military obviously knew how deadly the toxins from the plane were and took proper precautions and knew how to put out the fire at the Pentagon quickly and safely.

The New Yorkers were exposed to the deadly toxins because no one told the the firefighters not to put water on the Pile.  No one told them that you never are supposed to put water onto a fire that contains Beryllium because the water only makes the fire burn hotter and longer.  Only special dry chemicals are ever to be used to put out a Beryllium fire according to the largest U.S. makers of Beryllium, Brush Wellman Inc.  Beryllium is stronger than steel and extremely light and is used in aircraft to make the seats and shell of the plane, the wiring, landing gear and more, sometimes even the luggage is Beryllium.  No problem unless it burns.

Freelance Investigations has published several stories related to the toxins at the site including several specifically relating to the Beryllium burning at the site of the Pile for weeks.  Beryllium is deadly toxic in vapor, dust or particle form.  It causes Chronic Beryllium Disease, whose symptoms often mimic Sarcoidosis.  It is NOT Sarcoidosis, according to a 2009 NIOSH,  (National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health) Report to Congress.

The NIOSH REPORT TO CONGRESS states unequivocally that if anyone has ever been diagnosed with Sarcoidosis and they have been exposed to Beryllium in vapor dust or particle form, they DO NOT have Sarcoidosis, but they do have CBD or Chronic Beryllium Disease.  Beryllium in vapor, dust or particle form attaches to the lungs and eventually burns holes that may take up to 15 to 20 years to present symptoms.  Other problems besides respiratory include serious eye issues... (For more of the entire story read ...TOXIC DUST ON 9/11 LEADS TO CHRONIC BERYLLIUM DISEASE  
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                          PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION

John Feal has written the following letter and he urges all of you to copy it and forward it to your local representatives who are not on board yet in extending the Zadroga Act--- whose healthcare portion expires in just a month from now. Or go to the site link at the end of this article and sign the petition.

Rep. Peter King  (Rep) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (Dem) have both been strong bipartisan supporters of Jon Feal and other First Responders and so the letters need to go to others in Congress who are not yet doing what many consider a no brainer... extending the Act, especially considering the sacrifice not only of the men and women who worked on and around the Pile, but also for their families as well. There are thousands who have lost their relatives to debilitating diseases, cancers, respiratory ailments and even those who have to deal with diseases and symptoms, some that are deadly and are not even yet being properly diagnosed.  Please write your own letters or copy John's and send it to Congress TODAY...and say Thanks to these American supporting them NOW.

Letter by:
John Feal Nesconset, NY

I went to Ground Zero shortly after the 9/11 attacks because I knew my experience as a US Army veteran and demolition supervisor would be of service to my country. I live with the memory of the lives lost that day, but also the sadness of knowing survivors are still dying from cancer, respiratory illness, and other health problems while their families struggle to put food on the table. Congress now has the choice whether or not to extend the Zadroga Act to permanently cover health expenses of our 9/11 heroes, and I ask you to please sign my petition to gain support for our fellow Americans in their time of need.

Tragically, our elected officials have refused to come together to guarantee support for these victims through an extension of the Zadroga Act (named after a police officer who died from illnesses sustained at Ground Zero). I’ve been to 144 funerals since September 11, 2001 including services for many first-responders who joined me at Ground Zero days after the attacks. I know there are thousands of more families out there who continue to face steep medical bills and struggle every day just to survive. This is no way to treat human beings who sacrificed so much that day. Americans from every state and nearly every Congressional district were affected on 9/11.

We can and must demand better action from Congress on behalf of all Americans. Tell Congress the Zadroga Act needs to be permanently extended because 9/11 survivors’ illnesses do not simply get cured if funding gets cut -- our American heroes will die without our support.

Along with Jon Stewart and other advocates for this cause, I’ll be in Washington, DC to meet with members of Congress. I want to gain as many signatures as possible to show the outpouring of love and support from all Americans who believe now is the time for solutions and problem solving. Two key programs in the Zadroga Act are set to expire soon (the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program in September 2015 and September 11th Victim Compensation Fund in October 2016). But we know extending these programs will help ease pain and suffering for thousands of victims and their families.

We once were able to get support for these 9/11 first responders and survivors, but it was not a permanent solution. I have since met people from across the nation who believe America’s elected officials have the moral responsibility to serve and protect their constituents with a permanent extension of this Act. It’s up to us to ensure the 9/11 responders and victims are supported after they sacrificed everything.

When it comes to this issue, we can all agree there are no Republicans or Democrats -- only Americans. Please encourage your member of Congress to vote for American heroes who have been suffering since 9/11. Please tell Congress to extend the Zadroga Act.

Letter to
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Please extend the Zadroga Act indefinitely. 9/11 survivors and first-responders need our help.

The Bill has approximately 150 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and 36 co-sponsors in the Senate.