To All:

Thought that you might be interested in what goes on behind the scenes so to speak.

The following is reprinted with permission by author.

Don

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Subj: Thank you

Date: 1/8/03 3:02:35 AM Eastern Standard Time

From: gknapp@mchsi.com (Gretchen E. Knapp)

To: DF7332@aol.com

Dear Mr. Finch and FACTS co-founders:

Thank you!! Thank you very much for forming this organization and for getting the State DoH to investigate the cancer clusters. I lived in the Town of Tonawanda from my birth in 1958 through graduation in 1980 at UB. I attended Ken East. At our last reunion we were all surprised at how many of us 40-somethings -- and this was a huge class (835) -- had had cancer and/or autoimmune diseases. And most of us didn't have family histories or obvious risk factors. I have to wonder if there is any correlation. Dr. Sandra Steingraber, a scientist at Cornell who is from the part of Illinois where I now reside, recently wrote a fascinating book (A Matter of Faith) on the effects of various environmental factors on the developing child in and outside of the womb. My class would have been approaching puberty when the federal clean water and clean air acts were passed.

I know there is a strong correlation between exposure to ionizing radiation and thyroid cancer. Would you know if that is also true of the thyroid autoimmune diseases like Grave's or Hashimoto's? I'd like to know if the state is planning on studying the incidence of autoimmune disease in the targeted zip codes as well. Whom would you recommend I contact?

Although I now live in Illinois, my parents and relatives still live in Western New York. In fact, my parents have lived in Tonawanda alone 45 years. I do visit as frequently as I can and would like to attend a presentation or meeting of FACTS to find out more about the situation.

Thank you again,

Gretchen Knapp

Gretchen E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Community Energy Coordinator

Ecology Action Center

Normal, IL 61761

309/454-3169

gknapp@mchsi.com

(Emphasis by Don)

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Subj: Re: Thank you

Date: 1/8/03 12:12:20 PM Eastern Standard Time

From: DF7332

To: gknapp@mchsi.com

Dear Dr. Knapp:

What a pleasant surprise! To go on line this morning and find your very complimentary e-mail has made my day.

* Would you give me permission to distribute your e-mail to the various environmental newsgroups that I subscribe to? I would like to do so, but only with your permission. Or, I could use just your initials if you would so desire.

* It would be appreciated if you were to sign the Guest Book on the FACTS' web site which can be found at:

http://www.factsofwny.com/guestbook/guestbook.html

Thank you very much for taking time to correspond.

Don Finch

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Researcher, Editor & Co Webmaster FACTSOFWNY

F.A.C.T.S. (For A Clean Tonawanda Site), Inc.

Tonawanda, N.Y. & Manhattan Project - World's 1st Atomic Bombs.

Web site: http://www.factsofwny.org

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Following is a copy of your e-mail with my comments inserted:

In a message dated 1/8/03 3:02:35 AM Eastern Standard Time, gknapp@mchsi.com writes:

Dear Mr. Finch and FACTS co-founders:

Thank you!! Thank you very much for forming this organization and for getting the State DoH to investigate the cancer clusters. I lived in the Town of Tonawanda from my birth in 1958 through graduation in 1980 at UB. I attended Ken East. At our last reunion we were all surprised at how many of us 40-somethings -- and this was a huge class (835) -- had had cancer and/or autoimmune diseases. And most of us didn't have family histories or obvious risk factors. I have to wonder if there is any correlation.

COMMENT:

It is only my personal opinion, but I feel that many of the autoimmune diseases (including autism in children which is now occurring at an astonishing rate) are caused by the constant exposure to the various radioactive, toxic, and heavy metal contaminants.

Dr. Sandra Steingraber, a scientist at Cornell who is from the part of Illinois where I now reside, recently wrote a fascinating book (A Matter of Faith) on the effects of various environmental factors on the developing child in and outside of the womb. My class would have been approaching puberty when the federal clean water and clean air acts were passed.

COMMENT:

I believe that Dr. Steingraber recently gave a presentation at UB, but I'm not sure of this.

I know there is a strong correlation between exposure to ionizing radiation and thyroid cancer. Would you know if that is also true of the thyroid autoimmune diseases like Grave's or Hashimoto's?

COMMENT:

Unfortunately, I'm not able to answer your questions concerning the autoimmune diseases. We've been focused mainly on the causation of cancers due to the long-term exposure to low-level ionizing radiation.

I would like to suggest using the Google search engine.

I'd like to know if the state is planning on studying the incidence of autoimmune disease in the targeted zip codes as well. Whom would you recommend I contact?

COMMENT:

To the best of my knowledge, there are no plans by the state to do a study on the incidence of autoimmune disease in the targeted zip codes.

You may want to contact Ms. Aura Weinstein of the NY State Department of Health (NYSDOH). She is the person in charge of the cancer study, but she may be able to lead you to the proper person. Her e-mail address is: alw02@health.state.ny.us

We might note that the cancer study was instigated due to a letter I sent in 1996 to the NYSDOH requesting that a study be done.

Although I now live in Illinois, my parents and relatives still live in Western New York. In fact, my parents have lived in Tonawanda alone 45 years. I do visit as frequently as I can and would like to attend a presentation or meeting of FACTS to find out more about the situation.

COMMENT:

Due to the fact that we have tried in the past to get local residents involved, but alas, to no avail, we don't have any meetings or presentations unless they are requested.

Thank you again,

Gretchen Knapp

Gretchen E. Knapp, Ph.D.

Community Energy Coordinator

Ecology Action Center

Normal, IL 61761

309/454-3169

gknapp@mchsi.com

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Subj: Re: Thank you

Date: 1/8/03 1:06:02 PM Eastern Standard Time

From: gknapp@mchsi.com

To: DF7332@aol.com

Dear Mr. Finch -

Of course you may use my name and comments. I am an environmental activist working for a nonprofit in energy conservation with a second job as a professor in the Biological Sciences Dept. at Illinois State University. I sympathize with the difficulties in initiating and maintaining grassroots campaigns; I was coordinator of a successful state-wide campaign several years ago to stop the utility companies from scorched-earth vegetation management practices.

Thank you again for your response. I will be forwarding your website link to my former classmates.

Best,

Gretchen Gretchen Knapp

(Emphasis by Don)

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