Dioxin Dorms
New Paltz, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007
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Dear Resident of Bliss, Capen, Gage or Scudder halls:

WE RECEIVED your contact information as part of our recent efforts to notify residents of your building about a potential health risk involving dioxins and PCBs. We are informing you of this problem because we feel you have a constitutional right to know about something that may affect your health for the rest of your life, and to have access to accurate, complete information.

If you live in one of the four dorms on the SUNY New Paltz campus listed above, we advise that you discuss the situation with your family doctor and get his or her advice.

We also urge you to seek out as many viewpoints as you can about this matter, and make a conscious decision for yourself -- thinking about your future. To that end, we have set up a website called Dioxin Dorms, located at DioxinDorms.com. Please send the link to your parents, and to other students and parents who may be concerned.

On this site there is a daily blog, as well as a community discussion board, with a Parents' Forum and a Students' Forum. Anyone can sign up for and participate free. (Click the link to be taken to each area.)

Dioxin Dorms will serve as a central contact point for students, community members and alumni who wish to keep up with this issue. It will soon host a disease registry for those students, alumni, faculty and staff who believe they have been made sick by toxins in the dorms or other buildings.

We recognize that there are at least two distinct viewpoints here, and we encourage you to find out as much as you can about both of them. More can be found on the college's website at this link.

We request your assistance gathering information about what administrators, RAs and RDs are saying to you about the safety of the buildings in question. If you speak to them, please take some detailed notes and if you like, you may send them to me at eric@dioxindorms.com. Please keep a file with any information you receive, notes you take, photos, etc., which could be extremely valuable in the future. Get statements from administrators in writing, when possible; take pictures and keep them filed carefully.

There is an excellent website called Our Stolen Future that will help explain the issue. That is at: http://ourstolenfuture.org/

If you know others who are interested being on this mailing list, please refer us their email addresses.

If you need any additional resources or support, please get in touch. We are here to help you, and we will do our best.

Very truly yours,

- Beth Bagner
- Eric Francis Coppolino
- Roberta Gilgore, SUNY parent

   for the Dioxin Dorms collective



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