Activist Hassig plans pollution presentation at county courthouse in Canton today
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 11:10 am

CANTON – Environmental activist and unsuccessful Green Party congressional candidate Donald Hassig of Colton will be in Canton today to talk about the prospect of action in the new year on complaints of pollution at Akwesasne.

Hassig will be at the St. Lawrence County Courthouse at noon, in the main hallway outside the county Board of Legislators’ meeting room.

“The people of the Akwesasne Reserve have received exposures to industrial chemicals including PCBs and mercury that are resulting in damages to health,” Hassig said in announcing today’s appearance.

He said progress on these issues will be accomplished “only ... if significant numbers of people voice support for doing them.”

Hassig’s campaign for U.S. Congress was marked by arrests for trespassing and disorderly conduct in several places in the North Country’s 23rd Congressional District during his campaign, where he spoke, sang, danced and demonstrated in furtherance of his environmental message of public health being threatened by the presence of persistent organic pollutants.