The Alliance For A Clean Environment
Low-Level Radiation Exposure and Elevated Infant Mortality
The cumulative weight of this data collected on affected populations is persuasive enough to call for PRECAUTION!
We must keep unnecessary radioactive wastes out of our community and out of the Pottstown Landfill.
Montgomery County Health Department Report January, 1998
PA Cancer Registry Data
Area Around the Pottstown Landfill
West, Upper, Lower Pottsgroves, Pottstown, North Coventry, Douglass Berks Township
Low-Level Radiation Exposure
Is Linked With Leukemia
Radioactive Waste (low level ionizing radiation, the kind linked with leukemia) is transported into the Greater Pottstown Area Every Day, in unknown amounts among about 8,000,000 pounds of garbage in about 300 garbage trucks, to be dumped in the Pottstown Landfill.
The Pottstown Landfill has applied for a permit to legally accept massive and unknown amounts of this radioactive waste, under DEP’s “UNprotective” monitoring plan. This plan won’t keep radioactive wastes from coming here, nor from being dumped in the Pottstown Landfill.
Our leukemia rate around the Pottstown Landfill demands the Precautionary Principle. We can’t afford to be exposed to a continuous and concentrated stream of low level ionizing radiation.
DEP needs to require UP FRONT monitoring on the garbage trucks to avoid bringing this waste into our community. If DEP won’t do this, the Pottstown Landfill needs to be closed.
Thousands of children attend 29 schools and day-cares in less than 3 miles of the Pottstown Landfill. Pottstown Landfill’s extremely carcinogenic Pottstown Landfill gas exposes children, indoors as well as outdoors, where they live as well as where they attend school. For 24 hours a day, every day, pregnant mothers in the Greater Pottstown Area, and then their newborn babies, are forced to breathe air filled with the most potent carcinogens (radiation, dioxin, vinyl chloride, benzene and many more). Babies are born with these chemicals in their bodies. Then they are exposed daily through their lungs, skin, and eyes.
Pottstown Landfill’s cancer causing emissions.
While accurate data about the kinds and amounts of carcinogens as well as their additive, cumulative, and synergistic health effects on our children are unavailable, we do know that Pottstown Landfill gas contains extremely potent carcinogens such as radiation, dioxin, benzene, vinyl chloride, methylene chloride, and many others. The true health threat to our children from Pottstown Landfill gas can not be accurately determined at this time, but common sense tells us we can not have it get worse.
Despite these alarming facts, PA DEP has decided to legalize radioactive waste dumping at the Pottstown Landfill and further jeopardize our children’s future.
Our children’s cancer rates skyrocket above the national, state, and surrounding county averages!
Our Children Need Us To Speak Up NOW!
Help stop radioactive wastes from being transported into our community and dumped at the Pottstown Landfill where it gets into Pottstown Landfill gas and leachate, then into our children’s air and water.
Every business day, about 300 garbage trucks haul about 8,000,000 pounds of wastes into our community, including radioactive wastes, to be dumped at the Pottstown Landfill. Tell PA DEP to stop radioactive wastes from being transported and dumped in our community. Tell DEP you say NO to Pottstown Landfill legally disposing of undetermined amounts and kinds of radioactive wastes. Tell DEP to require monitoring BEFORE radioactive wastes are transported into our community!
P.O. Box 3063
Stowe, PA 19464
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