African-American and African-Caribbean hair products harmful to women and children linked to reproductive and birth defects, breast cancer, and heart disease

posted Feb 1, 2012, 10:57 AM by Nancy Swan

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"Safe" by US standards means no ill effects on a grown, health, heavy weight man. The US government fails to provide standards of chemical and environmental safety for women and children. Chemicals levels and compounds that
will not injure a man, can kill a young child.  Dangerous products are used in homes and salons on children without any warning or regulation. Children are also exposed when they accompany adults to salons or are near use of these products. 

Products that are marketed to women and children contain insufficient warning labels.  Few people bother to read warnings on packaging.   If the product cannot be safe for children, they should be removed from the market or users should be subjected to regulation and enforcement.  

African-American and African-Caribbean women surveyed used products that contained chemicals that are commonly referred to as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which have been linked to various reproductive effects and birth defects, breast cancer and heart disease. -- “Racial/Ethnic Differences in Hormonally-Active Hair Product Use: A Plausible Risk Factor for Health Disparities,” Journal of Immigrant Health
“Take the kinks out of your mind, instead of out of your hair,” said Marcus Garvey. Black women today who strive to take his admonition to heart are in a better position than their sisters of the past. Research focusing on the products used in African-American beauty salons – and homes – is increasi...


posted Jan 31, 2012, 11:58 AM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Jan 31, 2012, 5:21 PM ]

Empire State Consumer Project

Center for Health, Environment and Justice

Healthy Schools Network


The photo shows the disregard for safety of workers and bystanders, and children in classrooms with opened windows.  The chemicals being sprayed during the school day are so lethal that during the K2000 scare, they were deemed some of the most deadly in the nation and plants were shut down.  Over a half million people died as a result of exposure to this same chemical in the Union Carbide/Bhopal India tragedy, considered the world's worst industrial disaster.  The land remains polluted and people of India continue to suffer as a result. 

As a teacher, my neurological and respiratory system was seriously and permanently damaged by spray-on-foam roofing (I.P.Inc.) and sealant (Carboline) applied during school day.  Despite claims of injuries to children and teachers, the owner, Jim English, refused to stop spraying the chemicals.   More than two dozen children were also seriously injured by the cancer causing chemicals.  School officials and the Defendants denied our claims of injury by accusing the injured of mass hysteria and by giving false information, published in the Sun Herald, that the EPA reported that the chemicals were nontoxic. Teachers were threatened by non-renewal of their yearly contracts into siding with the school and the applicator and against me.  LeRoy School students and their parents are David's going against Goliath industries.  I offer the following questions and the true story Toxic Justice in addition to those posted in the Press Release below.

Questions for the White House to answer.

How can President Obama back up his agenda to improve educational performance in U.S. Schools when school boards and school officials fail to protect schoolchildren from environmental and chemical hazards known to impair learning?  Minorities and lower income students are particularly at risk.  The CDC reports that asthma rising to epidemic proportions among students and teachers.  Kids can't learn if they are absent and sickened at school.  School officials do not have to tell parents that their child was exposed to hazards environmental or chemical products used or stored at school.  Nor do school officials have a duty to warn of environmental and chemicals risks.  Prior to the application of the roofing chemicals at my school, two tankers of the highly toxic and flammable chemicals were parked next to the school cafeteria for more than two weeks while children were present.  I was told that the two tankers carried enough chemicals to kill everyone in the city.  The applicator lied that the tankers contained only water, but later admitted under sworn testimony that the tankers contained isocyanate, toluene, and other deadly chemicals.

How can Michelle Obama back up her agenda to reduce child obesity through healthy school lunch programs, but say nothing when those meals made from products containing pesticides, prepared, stored, served from and served onto toxic plates and in toxic containers that are proven to cause health problems, including obesity?

2012 Presidential Election: Which one of the Presidential Hopefuls will be first to recognize and provide a solution to the growing problem of Toxic Schools in the U.S. and Toxic Justice for the injured?


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Contacts:            Judy Braiman, ESCP, 585-383-1317,

Anne Rabe, CHEJ, 518-732-4538,

Claire Barnett, HSNetwork, 202-543-7555,  





Release Letters Sent to State and Federal Environmental, Health and Education Agencies 


(Rochester/Albany, NY) Environment, consumer and environmental health groups, backed by Le Roy, NY parents, today urged federal and state agencies to conduct a full investigation of all possible sources for the outbreak of a neurological disorder affecting school children at the Le Roy high school  in Genesee County. The coalition of groups released Freedom of Information Act letters and other letter requests to the NYS Department of Health (DOH), Le Roy Central School District, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), NYS Education Department (SED) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The letters requested that there be a transparent environmental investigation to look into whether there is any contamination from gas wells on the school property, a nearby Federal Superfund site, a State Superfund site, a delisted State Superfund site, past insecticide and pesticide uses, and other school facility environmental conditions.  In addition, the letters asked how the DOH investigated vaccines, infections and communicable diseases as possible causes.   


Judy Braiman, President, Empire State Consumer Project, said "We ask children in school to show their work when problem-solving. Now we are asking the agencies to "show your work." Among other issues, we are asking about the qualifications and independence of the health professionals initially consulted. Earlier this month, the DOH declined to share their evidence, and labeled the illness "conversion disorder." That is a diagnosis of exclusion.  They need to fully assess all factors such as vaccines, infections and communicable diseases or environmental exposures, before saying the multiple cases are attributed to a mass hysteria."   


Parents of two ill Le Roy school students, Jim Dupont and Beth Miller, stated: "We are overwhelmed by the complex problems now facing too many families and their affected children. We hope that full, appropriate, and speedy investigations will help prevent more illnesses. Parents need backup: we appreciate the help because we absolutely cannot do this on our own. Environmental conditions need to be investigated, before they are ruled out."


Claire Barnett, Executive Director, Healthy Schools Network, said, "We are alarmed by the early rush to judgment. The school's January 2012 environmental reports are so narrow and so generic they could not give any school anywhere a "clean bill of health," let alone Le Roy, which was built on swampy land, operates gas wells, and is near State and Federal Superfund sites. Independent qualified professionals in pediatric environmental health and in indoor environments and in outdoor environments are needed.

Anne Rabe, Campaign Coordinator, Center for Health, Environment & Justice, said, "The state and federal agencies need to fully investigate all possible toxic exposure pathways that could be impacting students and school personnel.  We hope that this is not the case, but toxic exposures cannot be ruled out until adequate environmental testing is done. The community needs a transparent environmental investigation plan conducted by the agencies and school. If the school is burning raw gas laced with toxic contaminants, then ambient air testing of the gas wells, school boiler stack and the school's indoor air needs to be done.  Soil and water testing of the school property is needed to ensure that rumors of past industrial dumping in the area, as well as the nearby State Superfund Lapp Insulator site, delisted State Superfund Target Products site, and the Lehigh Valley Derailment Federal Superfund site, which created contaminated groundwater in the past, has not polluted the school property."


The Empire State Consumer Association, Healthy Schools Network and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice, filed Freedom of Information Act letters and other letter requests with the Le Roy Central School District, DOH and SED asking them to investigate environmental factors, such as carbon monoxide, the possible impact of the nearby TCE-contaminated Federal Superfund site, gas wells and raw gas uses onsite, occupational health complaints, as well as DOH’s management of the investigation. CHEJ also released its request to EPA Region 2 and DEC regarding the Superfund site, four mile plume of highly toxic TCE in the groundwater, and four gas wells. The Network also released its request to the SED on Le Roy school facility inspections 


Links to all the documents are below,  Both the Le Roy district and SED have initiated responses, as has DEC.  Over the weekend, the Le Roy district posted a new public statement about the outbreak, indicating it was participating with various agencies to assess environmental and other factors.


Empire State Consumer Project, works to reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals toxic to human and environmental health and well-being of all consumers, especially children.

FOIA to Le Roy CSD - 



Healthy Schools Network, the nation's leading nonprofit promoting children's environmental health in schools through research, award winning public education and assistance for parents, personnel and schools, and policy advocacy. 

FOIA to NYS Education Department (SED) -


Center for Health, Environment, and Justice, a national environmental health organization working with communities to prevent harm from toxic exposures, provides technical and organizing assistance and public education, and organizes national and state environmental health campaigns. 

Letter to EPA Region 2 -

Letter to DEC regarding Federal Superfund site and TCE groundwater plume, and active gas wells -



Status conference set in judicial bribery lawsuit

posted Sep 11, 2011, 3:24 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Sep 29, 2011, 11:50 PM ]

U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate has scheduled a status conference in the case for Sept. 23.

The plaintiff in the lawsuit, USF&G Insurance Co., asked for the conference, saying the litigation has been on hold since December 2010 because of the criminal case against former attorney Paul Minor and former Harrison County Chancery Judge Wes Teel . . .

Minor, 65, and former Harrison County Circuit Judge John Whitfield, 49, had their sentences reduced, too, but they remain in prison. Whitfield is not a party in the USF&G lawsuit.

In asking for the status conference, USF&G said the criminal matters have been taken care of and the civil lawsuit should move forward.

The status conference requested by USF&G has one huge flaw.

USF&G was not the sole victim of the Minor/Whitfield/Teel bribery (gift) scheme.  Therefore USF&G cannot evidence of sole propriety to any or all damages resulting from the Minor/Whitfield/Teel  bribery/fraud/racketeering convictions. 

Testimony under seal in the MInor/Whitfield bribery case evidences that Paul Minor had several cases before Judge John Whitfield during the time Minor was paying cash ($150,00) to Judge Whitfield and on which Judge Whitfield ruled in Minor's favor.  Paul Minor and his partner in the Swan vs. Carboline case, Judy Guice, both admitted (audiotaped) to at least three ex parte meetings with Judge Whitfield with the intent to influence Judge Whitfield's decision.

From 1998 - 11/2000 the Swan v Carboline was also being heard by John Whitfield.  Also being heard was the consolidated case of almost two dozen former chemically injured students and teachers of Long Beach Middle School, Mississippi. 

According to a recorded statement by Carboline's Defense attorney Harry Allen Esq.of Gulfport, a "technical" problem had prohibited the consolidated students case from receiving insurance proceeds.  From the time Judge Whitfield was assigned my case in 1998 and up to the present, he has helped Paul Minor cover up the theft of settlement funds in the Swan case, to use as bribes for himself, and used to pay off litigants in another case. 

Copies of court documents, judicial and bar complaints, and correspondence signed by Paul Minor,  Judy Guice, attorney John Hester, and judge and former judge John Whitfield from 1998 to 2002, including bar complaints will be posted on the blog page of in the coming weeks prior to the Sept. 23 proposed hearing by Judge Wingate. 

These documents are sealed and remain in affect in the Harrison County Circuit Court, including the threats by John Whitfield in an attempt to insure my silence. 

Toxic Justice Blog - name change for Nancy Swan blog

posted Aug 3, 2011, 11:12 PM by Nancy Swan

Please request the subscription for this page with the name change.  This will avoid confusion as the changes are made to both the Toxic Justice website and to the Children's Environmental Protection Alliance (Children's EPA) website and blog at
Your patience is appreciated while we undergo some changes.

TV News Report - Spray foam insulation job that went horribly wrong

posted Jul 19, 2011, 10:40 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Sep 29, 2011, 11:54 PM ]

Please copy and paste this link into your Facebook  or email and share on Twitter.  RT from ToxicJustice on Twitter. 

The following edited email was sent to me with the request that it be forwarded.  Spray on Foam Roofing and Coating chemicals are deadly and are being advertised by manufacturers and applicators as well as respected building organizations as a "green" product.   They may save energy cost, but is it worth it to save oil to pay for it with our lives and health?

Not mentioned is that this product is flammable unless re-coated periodically with a flame resistant coating.   Home sellers are not required to tell buyers that it is necessary and expensive to re-coat.  It is also chemically dangerous for the inhabitants of the house and nearby homes and businesses.    


Local TV News Report regarding a DEMILEC spray foam insulation job that went horribly wrong:

We researched this product for over one year and never saw anything negative about it. So we (and others that this has happened to) were totally unprepared for what occurred. We have been in contact with MANY all over the country that have suffered through a similar catastrophic failure of a spray foam insulation installation. What we have learned is:
  • The manufacturer WILL DENY that there could EVER be a problem with their product. 
  • The installer's liability insurance company WILL DENY coverage based on a "Pollution Exclusion" clause. 
  • That leaves it up to the installer who VERY WELL MAY OFFER NO HELP WHATSOEVER. 

It costs THOUSANDS to install and TENS OF THOUSANDS to remove, and THAT IS NO GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL EVER BE ABLE TO REOCCUPY YOUR HOME AGAIN! The chemicals are SENSITIZING AGENTS that can cause severe breathing problems and even chemical sensitivity. We know of individuals who tried to remove the foam and were sicker than they were before and had to walk away from their home.

There is a strong push today to save energy and many people are considering installing this same type of spray foam insulation in their attic (there are other manufacturers of a similar product as well.) Those individuals could be your FRIENDS OR RELATIVES. 

Also, think about buildings where groups of people regularly meet (say for example groups of 75-180 people.) We know of a local meeting place that had chemical and odor issues (not as bad as ours) and some attendees had the same health problems that we did. WHAT IF ONE OF THESE BUILDINGS SUFFERED A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE AND WAS RENDERED USELESS?

Also, think of buildings where larger groups meet (say up to 2,000 at a time.) WHAT IF ONE OF THESE BUILDINGS SUFFERED A CATASTROPHIC FAILURE AND WAS RENDERED USELESS?


Alabama Governor Bentley Encourages Children to Clean Up Dangerous Tornado Disaster Area

posted Jun 29, 2011, 1:16 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 12:00 AM ]

The following is a copy of my letter sent to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, who is also a physician.  Original source Children's Environmental Protection Alliance and Community Forums

Governor Robert Bentley
Via: Vice Taylor, Director of Constituent Services

From: Nancy Swan
Mobile, AL 36608

Dear Governor Bentley:
Please do not sacrifice the safety of children by encouraging children and pregnant women of unborn children to participate in clean up of disaster areas. 

The leading story on today's (6/28/11) print edition of the Mobile Press Register is "Bus from Mobile brings helping hands from St. Luke's school to tornado battered Tuscaloosa." The photo below shows children removing debris, their only protection from possibly contaminated materials and air is thin latex gloves.  As a physician, you are aware that high school students under the age of 18 are children, despite their appearance as young adults. 

Governor Bentley, your encouragement and subsequent praise of child disaster areas workers serves to increase participation in disaster area clean up may endanger even more children with long term, serious, health problems.  Like me, an unwarned toxic chemical survivor, their sacrifice may cost them a life of 24 hour pain, and for some, a life of despair.

Sources requested: The EPA has recognized that children are more susceptible to environmental hazards, just as they are to medications. 

According to U. S. EPA,
Children are more vulnerable to environmental exposures because their responses to toxic substances, both in severity and in the nature of the adverse effect, can differ markedly from those of adults.
  • The rapid development of a child's organ systems during embryonic, fetal, and early newborn periods makes children vulnerable when exposed to environmental toxicants.  Children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food per kilogram of body weight than adults.  An infant's respiratory rate is more than twice an adult's rate.  Children’s habits (e.g., hand to mouth contact) also make them more susceptible to environmental hazards, especially dust.  Since children spend up to 80-90 percent of their time indoors, it is paramount to make every effort to minimize potential dangers.  These particular vulnerabilities of infants, preschool and young children may be of particular importance to consider where childcare centers are integrated or adjacent to elementary or other schools.
  • Children experience periods of growth and organ development which can be adversely affected by exposures to toxic substances.
  • Children with chronic illnesses such as asthma may experience increased vulnerability to environmental toxicants.  Asthma continues to be a significant problem among school age children.
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit  PEHSU
The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) Network encourage families, pediatricians, and communities to work together to ensure that children are protected from exposure to environmental hazards.

Fact sheets and Publications warning health care professionals, and the community, parents, and pregnant women about danger of oil chemicals during response to the BP Oil Spill. 
Note: During the BP oil crisis and when at most risk for contact with contaminants, the public, parents of children, nor clean up workers were not warned about toxicity of crude oil.
  • Advisory about Gulf Oil Spill, for patients (August 2010) 
  • Advisory for Gulf Coast Parents and Community Members
Children are at Risk
Environmental pollutants are especially harmful to children. They eat, drink, and breathe more than adults on a pound for pound basis. A child’s nose and mouth are closer to the ground than the nose and mouth of an adult; so children more easily breathe in pollutants in the air, which may accumulate close to the ground if they are heavier than air. Because children play on the ground, they are more likely to have skin contact with pollutants than adults. Toddlers may crawl and as a result, may get contaminated soil, sand and other substances on their hands and clothes. It is normal for toddlers to put their hands in their mouth so they will accidentally get more toxic substances in their bodies than older kids and adults.

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA):

The EPCRA requires states and local governments to have a plan in place to alert citizens of chemical accidents. The local governing bodies are required to create emergency planning districts, and response plans including transportation routes and notification procedures.

Note:  It is inexcusable for U. S. and state officials responding to disasters to continue to fail or refuse to alert citizens of dangerous chemicals in disaster areas.  Alabama governors has consistently failed or refused to promptly and effectively alert
  • the public of potential for exposure to and injury from environmental, materials, and chemical hazards present in disaster areas, and
  • adults, parents, school administrators, youth groups, organizations and others responsible for child safety that the EPA has acknowledged that children under 18 are more susceptible to injury from exposure to environmental and chemical hazards.
Alabama has failed to alert its citizens by notification in accordance with the Right to Know, nor were children prohibited in the clean up area during the BP Oil Disaster.  Illness among adult clean up workers and children exposed to BP contaminates had been diagnosed until months after the BP disaster.   Exposure to environmental and chemical hazards can take years to present and more agonizing years before diagnosis and proper treatment and can lead to permanent and serious disease.

I was seriously and permanently injured hazardous chemicals while teaching middle school in Mississippi during a spray on foam roofing project applied during school hours.  Hundreds complained and had to have eyeglass lenses replaced.  Two dozen children were seriously injured.  Two of the chemicals, methyl diphenol isocyanate (MDI) and toluene diisocyanate (TDI) had been recognized by OSHA as causing permanent damage to humans.  I have permanent damage from burns and scarred lungs, surgical removal of part of my respiratory system, vocal chord damage, damaged eyes, brain damage damage , peripheral nerve damage, and am in permanent pain from neuropathy. 

I was forced to watch my students being poisoned by these chemicals and prevented from protecting them by school officials who refused to protect us. Instead of administering emergency medical care in accordance with OSHA, we were ridiculed as a cover up took place.  I wish a state official had done for me and the injured children what I am asking of you.

As a result of my injury, I am founder and director of Children's Environmental Protection Alliance (Children's EPA) and Community Forum and am an activist and partner for more than a dozen health and environmental organizations. In 2010, I hosted three CDC/ATSDR Community Conversations on Public Health and Chemical Exposure. Toxic Justice is my book and story and the incentive which initiated six proclamations, one signed you you this year making April 11, 2011 National National Healthy Schools Day (NHSD).  Governor Riley signed similar proclamations in 2008 and 2010.  In 2010 and 2011, Governor Barbour (MS) and in in 2011 Governor Bill Haslam (TN) signed similar NHSD Proclamations.

I hope that you will make prompt and public decision to prohibit child volunteers under the age of eighteen from participating in Alabama disaster areas.

Thank you for your consideration.  Please contact me if you need any further documentation or information.

Nancy Swan (signature)

Nancy Swan
Author of Toxic Justice: A Teacher's True Story of Her Chemical Injury and Battle for Justice
Website: Toxic Justice
Organization: Founder and Director Children's Environmental Protection Alliance 


Toxic Justice: Former lawyer Paul Minor and my former judge John Whitfield go back to federal prison.

posted Jun 15, 2011, 4:49 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Jun 26, 2011, 5:05 PM by Thomas Swan ]

My former lawyer and former Judge John Whitfield (bad guys in my true book, Toxic Justice) should have been sentenced to more than a hundred years, according to fed guidelines for their remaining crimes.  Federal Judge Henry Wingate reduced their sentences the least possible, after being forced to abide by a recent  US Supreme Court decision known as "The Skilling Decision."   The USSC decision resulted in vacating (eliminating) Minor and Whitfield's  bribery conviction by changing the Webster's definition of "bribery." 

Just to let you know only certain people can get away with bribery.  Now, cash & gifts thro 3rd party payoffs and expensive perks given to Judges and Politicians in exchange for influence and favors does NOT constitute bribery. 

Dictionary editors take note:  You must revise the word  "bribe"  to "bribe >verb dishonestly persuade (someone[except judges and politicians]) to act in one's favor by paying them or giving other inducement."

JACKSON, Miss. -- Former Mississippi attorney Paul Minor was re-sentenced Monday to eight years in prison in a judicial corruption scheme involving two ex-judges, who also were ordered back to federal lock-up.

U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate rejected the men's appeal to be sentenced to time already served in the case. But Minor and former Harrison County judges Wes Teel, 60, and John Whitfield, 48, all will serve less time than when originally sentenced in 2007. All are in prison now.

For CBS news commentary on Skilling decision <

Safe Chemicals Act of 2011- Call your Senators to save our children from environmental and chemical exposure and injuries.

posted Apr 18, 2011, 3:21 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Apr 18, 2011, 3:26 PM by Thomas Swan ]

Safe Chemicals Act of 2011- Call your Senators to save our children from environmental and chemical exposure and injuries.

Reposted from Children's Environmental Protection Alliance, Director Nancy Swan

If Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would have been in effect in 1985, I would still be teaching and looking forward to retirement funds.  Instead I suffered sometimes unbearable pain, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for more than 25 years.  I would not have had my scarred sinuses surgically removed, my lungs and brain damaged, nor would I have had to wear leg and hand braces to do what others take for granted.  I would not have had to endured 6 surgeries because of the chemical poisoning and medical treatment costing more than $200K in medical bills.  To read about my book, a summary of my story, and read the first chapter of Toxic Justice, click on this link to my other website, Toxic Justice. 

If not for your sake, for the sake of your child or loved one, make a call, write a quick note , or click on the links below to let your Senator you want them to support the Safe Chemical Act of 2011.  A few minutes of your time may save a lifetime of hardship, pain, and suffering. 

Paste below is a copy of an email I received from Lindsay Dahl, Deputy Director, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Senator: Be our hero, co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011

Ask your Senator to be a superheroToday we have exciting news to share; Congress is poised to take a meaningful step to protect you and your family from toxic chemicals.  We need your help to make sure your Senators know that fixing the toxic chemicals law is important to American families!

We know you're tired of having to worry about which products in your home are safe and which ones may contain toxic chemicals like lead, formaldehyde or dangerous plastic additives.  So are we. We believe Americans shouldn't need a Ph.D. in chemistry to make safe purchases at the checkout counter.  The just introduced Safe Chemicals Act of 2011 would require chemical makers to prove their chemicals are safe before they are allowed in our homes, schools, and workplaces.

Click here to take action!

Just as we have laws against people breaking into our homes and threatening our safety, we can have laws against chemical intruders that enter our bodies. Without our  knowledge or consent, these toxic intruders put us and our children at risk. Science is linking toxic chemical exposures to all kinds of serious diseases and disorders, including childhood leukemia and brain cancers, breast and testicular cancer, neurological disorders like autism and Alzheimer's, and fertility problems.

We need you to tell your Senator to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation. By signing up as a co-sponsor, your Senator can show their commitment to putting common sense limits on toxic chemicals.

Will you take a minute to ask them to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act?

If you prefer to make a two-minute call to your Senator, please call the Capitol switchboard at: (202) 224-3121.

Thanks for your continued support. Asking your Senators to co-sponsor the Safe Chemicals Act is an important step towards safer products, stronger businesses and healthier families!

Guest Blog: Renee Blanchard- Deepwater Horizon Explosion Memorial, April 20

posted Apr 9, 2011, 3:58 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Apr 12, 2011, 11:06 AM by Thomas Swan ]

Guest Blog: Renee Blanchard, Save Our Gulf Coordination, Waterkeeper Alliance

"April 20 will mark the one year memorial of the Deepwater Horizon explosion. I'm currently working for the Waterkeeper Alliance and we need help from like-minded communities and organization's to help raise awareness during this week.

Please consider sending out a message to your community, friends, and supporters.

One issue that is extremely important is the public health crisis that is growing on the Gulf coast. With 1.8 million gallons of toxic dispersants and 250 million gallons of crude oil released into the the Gulf of Mexico. No one knows the long term consequences of this toxic cocktail. Oil clean up workers and people who live in communities close to where oil washed ashore are becoming ill. We must make sure all Clean Water Act penalties return to the Gulf coast. Right now there is no mandate that this will happen. And we need your help to make this happen.

Below I have pasted a sample email alert that you can modify and use as you like. I have also pasted a sample letter to congress. I have more sample writing, such as an op-ed and social media posts, if you are interested."

Let me know if I can help you in anyway.
Renee Blanchard
Save Our Gulf Coordinator
Waterkeeper Alliance


Sample Email Alert to Supporters

  Dear friend,

 On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon well exploded 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven men lost their lives that day. On April 22, the rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico, triggering 87 days of uncontrolled oil discharges to the Gulf.  From April 20 to July 18, it is estimated that 250 million gallons of oil were released into our environment. The long term consequences to our health and our environment of this toxic cocktail remain unknown.

[Insert why your organization cares [or you care] about the Gulf coast.]

 There is no federal legislation that requires BP’s Clean Water Act fines return to the Gulf coast where they belong.  The Clean Water Act fines could mean a more complete restoration for our ecosystem and our communities. But only if they go back to the Gulf coast, where the disaster took place.

 Please urge your Congressional delegation to ensure that no less than 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines return to the Gulf coast for ecological restoration.

 An unexpected disaster can happen in any community, and when it does we must stand united to restoring impacted communities.

 Take action right now to stand by the people of the Gulf coast.

 Thank you,

 [Your name] and contact information and signature, if applicable

Sample Letter to Congress

 Your name, address, and date

Dear [insert legislator’s name],

 On April 20, 2010, BP’s Deepwater Horizon well exploded 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Eleven men lost their lives that day. On April 22, the rig sank into the Gulf of Mexico. Oil discharged into the Gulf of Mexico from the well-head until July 18. During these 87 days, it is estimated that 250 million gallons of oil was released into our environment.

 The amount of crude oil released and toxic dispersants applied to the Gulf is unprecedented. We have no idea what this toxic cocktail has done or will continue to do to our nation’s largest seafood source, our bodies or the environment.

 [Insert your organization’s mission and any possible link to the restoration and recovery of the Gulf coast. For example, the use of toxic dispersants effect all our communities in the form of seafood safety, the issues surrounding the non-disclosure of chemical ingredients and their unknown health impacts, etc.]

 I am writing to urge you to support that all Clean Water Act penalties resulting from the BP oil disaster be returned to the Gulf coast for fair, equitable and appropriate restoration. The oil is not gone and Gulf coast communities have not been made whole again. The media has largely left and the national spotlight has moved on to other stories, but the Gulf coast still needs your help.

 I may not live on the Gulf coast, but [ and] I continue to stand with my fellow Americans who are on the frontlines of this continuing public health and environmental disaster. They need our help and you must ensure that at least 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties return to the region for ecosystem restoration.

 Thank you for your time,

 [Your name] including signature, if applicable

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Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour Proclaims April 11, 2011 as Healthy Schools Week and Healthy Schools Day

posted Apr 5, 2011, 9:02 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Apr 5, 2011, 9:23 PM by Thomas Swan ]

In honor of National Healthy Schools Day, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour proclaimed the week of April 11, 2011 as Healthy Schools Week and April 11, 2011 as Healthy Schools Day in the state of Mississippi. 

This is Governor Barbour's second consecutive year to honor National Healthy Schools Day, which is sponsored by Healthy Schools Network, the US EPA and over 2 dozen major health and school organizations.  The proclamation was sponsored by Healthy Schools Network volunteer and speaker Nancy Swan and co-sponsored by Mississippi resident and businesswoman, Mrs. Shelia Pace.   National Healthy Schools Day is also supported by Children's Environmental Protection Alliance adm. Nancy Swan



 WHEREAS, materials used in building construction and conditions resulting from property damage, or even poor maintenance and upkeep, can result in indoor air pollution that could jeopardize a person's health; and

 WHEREAS, many of the sources of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems (i.e. formaldehyde, mold, radon, etc.) can be easily prevented and corrected by simple measures, and

 WHEREAS, Mississippi is dedicated to enhancing and preserving the safety, health, and well-being of our children, especially in the school environment; by protecting Indoor Air Quality; and

 WHEREAS, our schools are the building blocks of our communities and the keystone of our future; and

 NOW THEREFORE, I Haley Barbour, as Governor of the great Sate of Mississippi, do hereby proclaim the April 11, 2011 as

 Healthy Schools Day


And April 11, 2011 through April 17, 2011 as


Healthy Schools Week


in the state of Mississippi, and call community awareness to improving the environmental quality of our schools and protection our school children and personnel from toxic injury.


IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi to be affixed. 


DONE in the City of Jackson on the 28th day of March in the year of our Lord two thousand and eleven and in the anniversary of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fifth. 




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