Green Groups Tell Bloomberg: Follow Law, Don't Buy Dangerous Dioxins
And now for something from the "shit that might make you infertile" department.
A coalition of environmental, labor, and health groups claims that the mayor's office has lagged in enforcing a law requiring the city to buy less products that release dioxins -- a group of nasty chemicals linked to everything from reproductive abnormalities to cancers.
Oh, and these products are everywhere, by the way.
One of the most common is the ever-popular plastic polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which can be found in computers, notebooks, building supplies, and a whole lotta other consumer products.
Anyway, New York's Center for Health, Environment & Justice -- with strong support from area advocacy groups -- says the City is flouting a 2005 law that requires cutbacks in purchasing dioxin-releasing stuff. Oof.
The cohort has singled out Mike Bloomberg's Office of Contract Services. The mayor's admin hasn't responded to Runnin' Scared yet, but a spokeswoman said she's investigating these claims and will get back to us ASAP.
According to the coalition, the City was supposed to come up with a dioxin-reduction plan in 2008, but has yet to do so.
So today, the group is telling a City Council oversight panel to get it together -- and release a concrete plan to get rid of these toxins.
(We'll let you know how the hearing turns out once we hear from our source.)
"There are no reduction rules," said Daniel Gradess, who's with the Center. "There never have been. The city is essentially in violation of the law. They instead just chose to focus on switching to chlorine-free paper."
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