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PRESS STATEMENT

For immediate release:
Friday, September 21, 2012
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 631-384-1378 (mobile), aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Sarah Eckel, Legislative & Policy Director, 518-339-2853 (mobile), seckel@citizenscampaign.org
Brian Smith, Communications & Program Director, 716-472-4078 (mobile), bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

CITIZENS CAMPAIGN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT STATEMENT ON NYS DEC'S HEALTH IMPACT REVIEW ANNOUNCEMENT

Albany, NY - In response to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) announcement that they will seek additional input and expertise to assess public health impacts of hydro-fracking Citizens Campaign for the Environment issued the following statement:

" CCE applauds the Governor and DEC for responding to the public's steadfast calls for a comprehensive health impact review. We are heartened that our Governor and regulatory agencies are responding to the overwhelming, unwavering public outcry for a health impact assessment. CCE is pleased that the DEC's announcement includes the following:
1) An official confirmation of collaboration between the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and DEC,
2) A call for DOH to consult with outside experts and conduct an independent review of DEC's health impact analysis,
3) A commitment to not move forward with hydro-fracking until this review is complete,
4) A commitment to not proceed if there is a public health concern that could not be addressed.

CCE has been one of many organizations that have aggressively called for an independent health impact assessment of high volume hydraulic fracturing. This is an important step in the right direction for government to assure the public that health and safety interests will not be trumped by corporate interests. CCE looks forward to analyzing DOH's review and we would expect the DOH to enlist a truly independent and qualified panel of experts and solicit input from potentially affected communities. Finally, CCE calls on the DEC to maintain public trust and permit public comment when the updated document is released since this will be the first time a health component will be included."

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by seckel  9/21/12