As Vietnam Veterans, family members of Vietnam Veterans, and supporters of the efforts of Vietnam Veterans, many of us are unfortunately painfully familiar with the health hazards of dioxin. Decades after soldiers were exposed to Agent Orange and dioxin in Vietnam, EPA has still not yet finalized their report on dioxin and cancer.
The EPA’s landmark report—the "Dioxin Reassessment"—still remains a draft, which has stymied the agency's development of federal dioxin regulations for over 25 years. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson pledged to finalize this assessment by December 2010. Nearly four years later after EPA’s self-imposed deadline, we are still waiting for this assessment to be complete.
Dioxin has been classified as a known carcinogen by government authorities around the world including the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and the US Department of Health and Human Services National Toxicology Program (NTP). Yet, EPA’s cancer assessment is still not complete. Americans have the right to know about dioxin’s cancer hazards.
As Vietnam Vets, we have the power and moral authority to tell the federal government to finalize their dioxin cancer study. You can help make a difference by signing this petition to EPA!