Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Call from Washington

Good Morning Neighbor:

The gratitude in my heart felt this morning after receiving a call from Doug Pasternak of the House of Representatives Committee on Science & Technology and
Subcommittee on Investigations & Oversight is overwhelming.  I spoke to a gentleman who truly wants to know what has taken place in our community and wants to stay in constant communication to uncover the inadequate response with regard to the ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry) and their inadequate Health Consultation.  

He told me that this committee was the one who recently held hearings to uncover the problems with the Katrina Trailers and the Formaldehyde poisoning of the inhabitants.  He said it was through those hearings that the committee began to hear of communities such as ours who have also been poisoned and dismissed through the ATSDR Health Consultation.  

I let him know very quickly he had hit the jackpot.  Our Task Force has so much information and collaborative knowledge on all of this with emails and letters to back it all up and have been waiting for this door to open.  Mr. Pasternak is hopeful that with enough information from our community and others they will be able to hold national hearings once again on the failures of the CDC and the ATSDR.  

With all this being said, I need some help from you.  If you or your children have been ill due to the poisoning and have a doctor who has treated you and documented your exposure, please call your doctor and sign a release so that he/she can send those records or talk to Mr. Pasternak or our Task Force.  Then email me with your doctor's name and phone number so we can begin collecting data.  I will make sure Mr. Pasternak receives the hundreds of exposure forms we have already completed.  

I am humbled and honored again to be called to such a service for our community.  I never would have imagined such a spiritual calling as this but it absolutely is for me.  I know that you all feel as I do that we must not only make sure that our community is protected in the future but that all communities across America never have to suffer from a toxin in their air, water or soil.  And, we will make sure that when there is a poisoning in a community, the community's story is primary and believed by their government and immediate action is taken on their behalf. 

Your neighbor,


Connie Thomas Biemiller, Chair
South Fulton and Fayette Community Task Force
P.O. Box 1593
Fairburn, Georgia 30213
770-314-6999 Mobile

As Margaret Mead once said:

Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

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