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Letter to the HHS Secretary

Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
US Department of Health and Human Services
200 independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20201

Dear Secretary Sebelius,

Did you know that in the Northern Great Plains Region of Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota are many areas being strip-mined for coal, and the coal burned in power plants? The most unfortunate part about the mining and the burning of the coal is that the coal in this Region is laced with uranium and other radioactive materials. This Region also has the highest rate of lung cancer in the United States.

If the coal is not burned within these states, it is shipped to coal-fired power plants on the East and West Coasts as it is considered to be the best coal low in sulfur. However, no one is considering that it is also laced with uranium and other radioactive materials.

As you have stated: Our goal is for all Americans to live healthier, more prosperous, and more productive lives. I am sure you mean all Americans also living in the Northern Great Plains Region, and all the people in the United States affected by smoke from coal fired power plants.

I am sending this letter to you to ask you to please encourage the President and the Congress to pass a law requiring monitoring and regulation of radioactive particles coming out of coal-fired power plants, and in the strip mining of coal. The lives of all Americans will then be healthier. Thank you.



Mission Statement

"Defenders of the Black Hills is a group of volunteers without racial or tribal boundaries whose mission is to preserve, protect, and restore the environment of the 1851 and 1868 Treaty Territories, Treaties made between the United States and the Great Sioux Nation."

Speaking about radioactive fallout, the late President John F. Kennedy said,

"Even then, the number of children and grandchildren with cancer in their bones, with leukemia in their blood, or with poison in their lungs might seem statistically small to some, in comparison with natural health hazards. But this is not a natural health hazard and it is not a statistical issue. The loss of even one human life, or the malformation of even one baby who may be born long after we are gone, should be of concern to us all. Our children and grandchildren are not merely statistics toward which we can be indifferent."

July 26, 1963 upon signing the ban on above ground nuclear tests