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Family Physicians Invited to Speak at Environmental Quality Board Panel

Wednesday, August 30, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tara Owens
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Work continues on the MAFP’s Health Impact Assessment Resolution, which begun in 2016 and renewed in 2017.

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board invited two members of the MAFP, Emily Onello, MD, and Kristan Wegerson, MD, to speak to an advisory panel that was formed as a result of the action the Lake Superior Chapter and MAFP from the 2016 Health Impact Assessment Resolution. EVP Maria Huntley, CAE, also attended the meeting to represent the MAFP.

At a press conference a week later, on the last day of an extended public comment period for people to weigh in on a U.S. Forest Service’s proposal to halt mining near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness for at least two years, and conduct an environmental review of potential copper-mining impacts, Debbie Allert, MD, Chapter Director of the Lake Superior Chapter of the MAFP, said hardrock mining can produce five of the 10 chemicals, or groups of chemicals, the World Health Organization lists as of “major public health concern” — mercury, lead, arsenic, asbestos and air pollution.

“We are trying to protect our patients and our communities from what we believe may have significant potential to increase toxins in our water and food supply,” she said.

Read more about the resolution (see resolution #5)

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