Earlier this year, the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition requested $375,000 in state funding for sister organization Silent Spring Institute so that they can expand their research on emerging contaminants in water on Cape Cod and in Southeastern Massachusetts. The Senate budget was recently released without funding for Silent Spring Institute. This research is needed to inform decisions being made now about wastewater management to address human health as well as ecosystem health. Now, citizens across the state must come together and ensure Silent Spring Institute funding as a public health priority by urging Senators to pass an amendment to the budget.
WHAT TO DO:
Contact your state Senators and urge them to co-sponsor Senator Dan Wolf’s move to amend the budget in line 7100-0200 by adding funding for Silent Spring Institute. Ask your Senators to contact Dan Wolf’s office at 617-722-1570 to become a co-sponsor (see sidebar for correct wording).
THE DEADLINE TO SIGN ON AS A CO-SPONSOR IS TUESDAY MAY 21st (tomorrow)!
Remember that you can make a change for the better. Take a minute to take action toward your health and the health of future generations. Thank you for your help.
Below are some key points you can include in your email message or phone call if you choose, although of course you are always welcome to tailor your own message.
KEY POINTS WHEN SPEAKING WITH YOUR SENATOR:
* As a Mass. state citizen, I am reaching out to you to co-sponsor Senator Dan Wolf’s move to amend the budget, in line 7100-0200, by adding the following: “and provided further, not less than $375,000 be allocated to Silent Spring Institute to protect healthy drinking water and any and all findings shall be reported to the Cape Cod Commission to inform the Barnstable County Regional Wastewater Management Plan and the county shall incorporate these findings in their Regional Wastewater Management Plan.”
* Please contact Dan Wolf’s office to become a co-sponsor at 617-722-1570.
* I believe that more research is needed to investigate emerging contaminants in our water that have been linked to breast cancer and other diseases. Silent Spring Institute has a history of research of this kind, and is prepared to continue if state funding is granted.
* Because my health and the health of my family is important to me, I do not want to drink water that maybe contaminated with EDCs. Please co-sponsor the amendment for Silent Spring Institute!