Shredding/Electronics Recycling Event Tomorrow & The CDC Must Study Cancer Rates

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My Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event is April 27

My free community shredding event is all set for tomorrow, April 27, 9 a.m. to noon. It will give you the opportunity to safely destroy personal paperwork.

The event, which will feature an on-site industrial paper shredder, will take place in the parking lot of the Horsham Athletic Club, 400 Horsham Road. You’ll be able to watch as documents are destroyed. No businesses, please.

Identity thieves have been uncompromising in their search for credit card numbers, bank account information and Social Security numbers. It is critical that you destroy documents containing this sensitive information. I encourage everyone to come out to my event to take the proper steps in fighting identity theft.

Televisions can be recycled for $30.

For more information, please call my office at 215-368-5165.

I’m Demanding the CDC Study PFAS and Cancers
This week I sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to demand its health study of PFAS include an investigation into cancer rates. I also called upon federal officials to join me in this effort.

Read the letter here.                                    

According to a document released by the CDC, its study of the health impact of PFAS will exclude cancer rates.

Several years ago, I was the first public official to call for a comprehensive health study so we can understand what health effects we face as a result of the federal government contaminating our drinking water. This is critical as we work to protect our residents’ health. Excluding cancers and other ailments in the national study is unacceptable and I implore you to correct this immediately.

I also sent letters to U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa) and Bob Casey, Jr. (R-Pa) and Reps. Madeleine Dean (D-Pa) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa).

PFAS, a chemical used to extinguish fires, has seeped into local drinking water from the Willow Grove Naval Base. I’ve called on the federal government to fund the cleanup of area water and to conduct a local health assessment with long-term follow-ups.

Cancers of the kidneys, testicles and bladder had been linked to some PFAS chemicals in prior studies, along with thyroid disease, ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, developmental effects and immunotoxicity. Ulcerative colitis and autoimmune diseases will also be excluded from the CDC study.

Several local residents affected by these serious health implications have contacted me concerned about the lack of information regarding PFAS exposure.

Just when I thought one federal agency-- the CDC-- was on the path to helping our community deal with the effects of the PFAS water contamination the federal government caused, along comes this news.

Protecting Children and Animals in Hot Cars
As temperatures begin to rise outside, the heat in your vehicle can quickly reach levels that can be deadly for children and pets locked inside.

House Bill 279, which was passed by the House earlier this month, would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done to a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.

Last year, the Legislature enacted Act 104 of 2018, which provides civil immunity to law enforcement, animal control and humane officers and emergency responders who enter a car to save an animal that was left behind.

The civil protections in Act 104 do not extend to civilians attempting to break into a car to rescue an animal.

For the safety of your pets, it is best to leave them at home in hot weather.

For the safety and well-being of your children, they should not be left unattended in a vehicle regardless of weather.

Share the Road
As the weather continues to warm up, more and more Pennsylvanians will ride their bicycles on the roads.

Both motorists and bicyclists can work together to ensure everyone shares the road and gets home safely.

Motorists and bicyclists have the right to use the roads in Pennsylvania and should work to maintain a 4-foot barrier between each other when passing.

Motorists are allowed to overtake a bicycle in a no-passing zone, provided they leave a 4-foot clearance.

You can learn more about Pennsylvania’s bicycle laws here
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