BOSTON – Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) received recognition by the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, for leading the call to expand Silent Spring Institute’s research of unregulated chemicals of concern in public and private drinking water wells and ground water.
Representative Frost, who has spearheaded legislation funding Silent Spring, was among state legislators recently honored with a certificate of appreciation for their support of the research, which aims to study the link between cancer and emerging contaminants frequently found in drinking water. The certificate was presented by the Board President of the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), Margo Simon Golden, who praised the legislators for their support for MBCC’s mission to prevent breast cancer for future generations.
“Massachusetts citizens join our call for more research to be conducted on exposure to chemicals of concern in our drinking water, such as herbicides and consumer product chemicals. We need state funding since many of these chemicals have been linked with breast cancer and other diseases. Without state funding, we will not obtain the answers we need about common exposures in our daily environment” said Golden.
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is gathering allies in the State House to advance legislation regarding the funding of Silent Spring Institute, which was founded by MBCC in 1994. The bill, H.4166, An Act relative to drinking and ground water research, filed by Representative Frost, seeks to establish a trust fund for Silent Spring Institute to expand their studies throughout the Commonwealth. For the first time in over a decade, Silent Spring Institute received $25,000 in the Fiscal Year 2017 State Budget to pursue these research efforts.
Frost said, “Drinking water is our most precious natural resource. We have seen both locally in the district and in other parts of the country horror stories of contaminated drinking water. Everyone and every living thing needs drinking water to survive, and it is important we know what is in it.”
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s educational program Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures was displayed at the State House for the awarding of the certificates. Let’s Talk Prevention describes basic steps for individuals and families to reduce problematic exposures and choose safer alternatives to toxic products. The goal of this program is to reduce toxic exposures which has implications for reducing the burden and cost of all environmentally-linked diseases, including breast cancer.
Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is dedicated to the prevention of environmental causes of breast cancer through community education, research advocacy, and changes to public policy. For more information about the organization and to learn how you can support their efforts, please visit mbcc.org