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Three Letters About Local Environmental Health Concerns




Below are a few samples of letters written to our local county commissioners. Feel feel to use the points made in the letters to write yours. Remember, keep letters and e-mails polite an brief. Send your letter or e-mails to your leaders. Need help finding your local leaders? Go to the FL Region tab on the top of this website to find your region or use the search feature to type in your county. 



Remove Chemicals like Roundup, Chloramines, and Fluoride.


Dear Board of Commissioners,


Communities throughout <insert county> would like to request that you take the lead in protecting the health of residents.


With your leadership, we could remove the use of Roundup which is mandated in the Florida Farm Bill, remove Chloramines (a combination of chlorine and ammonia) from drinking water, remove Fluoride (an industrial waste byproduct that top scientists have to recommend against being added to drinking water) and do more research that can help us achieve clean and chemical-free water.


We ask for your formal support to better protect the health of communities, visitors, and employees who frequent our area. By improving the health of our population, and reducing or at minimum controlling the costs of healthcare, major benefits will be realized by our visitors and county residents.


We look forward to your written response.


Sincerely,




Contaminated Waterways and Fish


Dear Board of Commissioners,


We are concerned about the threat of PFOA/PFOS contamination as well as health damage to communities along the <enter effected waterway> and surrounding waterways. We urge you to take action.


We ask that you complete a study on these waterways to collect further data and information on the persistence of these chemicals in the environment. Not only are residents catching fish with tumors but these cancer-causing compounds were found in alligators and dolphins in a study by NIST.


We need a contaminant monitoring program or testing done on all fish but especially bottom-feeding fish which can be a major source of exposure. Fish-consumption advisories should be put in place to protect our communities. An analysis so that appropriate regulations and signs (health advisory to not eat the fish or participate in recreational activity) can be made to protect the health and safety of communities.


Maintaining healthy waterways is essential for protecting our environment and human health.


Thank you for your consideration and we look forward to your written response,


NIST Study Link: https://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/marinemammal18/presentations/Thursday/1340%20John%20Bowden.pdf?fbclid=IwAR3yGzUVaossJBYsm6EBPkBfIfy8qB2njt21z7YQVy-Q4NSjYXHXvZtQEuM



Community Finds Military Debris in Yards


Dear Board of Commissioners,


The community of <enter city name> in <enter county> calls on you today to immediately and effectively address the military landfill throughout the yards of residents in the neighborhood.


The first reports of debris were discovered in the 1950s by workers who reported vehicular batteries and barrels. The evidence of Military artifacts below the ground is irrefutable. Additionally, state and federal experts told papers in the '90s that the neighborhood was built over an old military dump.


Through a grassroots crowdsourcing effort <insert grassroots group> began to reveal a series of inexplicable illnesses - ALS, migraines, asthma, thyroid disease, and abnormally high rates of cancer in the area. The community is concerned about their health and safety.


Therefore, we ask for your leadership in helping this community find answers and solutions.


We are interested in a follow-up on what you are doing to help.


Sincerely,



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