Dioxin, an industrial byproduct, is one of the most toxic chemicals ever discovered. Initial EPA research showed that the cancer risk to humans from dioxin exposure was by far the highest discovered for any chemical by any government agency anywhere in the world.
Now the EPA is about to issue new guidelines for regulating the cleanup of dioxin in the United States. Dioxin travels through the air from industrial sites and ends up polluting our food and bodies. Over 1,700 people have already written to the EPA asking for strict regulations that will help keep us safe.
But just recently, at the request of Dow Chemical and the American Chemistry Council, the EPA announced that it will extend the public comment period on their proposed cleanup guidelines for Dioxin to Friday April 2.
We can’t let the chemical industry convince the EPA to adopt weak and unsafe dioxin cleanup guidelines. Send a letter to the EPA and tell them to stand up to the chemical industry and protect our health.
I fully support EPA developing cleanup guidelines on Dioxin to protect American families, children and workers from Dioxin.
Dioxin has been classified as a known carcinogen by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Toxicology Program. Therefore, I strongly urge EPA to develop health-protective cleanup guidelines that are based on both Dioxin's non-cancer impacts and a cancer risk of 1 in a million.
I'm very concerned the EPA is proposing cleanup goals that can expose workers to potentially harmful levels of Dioxin - as high as 950 ppt - which do not adequately address cancer risks. Workers at remediated commercial and industrial sites will be exposed to unsafe levels of dioxin in the soil and dust. Additionally, children and families may be at risk when industrial/commercial land is redeveloped for parks, schools and other places children gather. EPA should consider children's unique vulnerabilities to the harmful effects of Dioxins. The standards should be protective of children, taking into account children's unique vulnerability to Dioxins and their soil hand-to-mouth ingestion behaviors.
To protect the health of American families, EPA needs to revise both the residential and commercial/industrial cleanup goals for Dioxins in soil so they are based on a cancer risk of 1 in a million, as well as non-cancer effects. Thank you for the opportunity to comment.