PA DEP Acting Secretary Responds To Rep. Veon

Apr 13, 2001, 01:00 ET from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- PA Department of Environmental
 Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess today issued the following
 statement in response to a press release by Rep. Michael Veon (D-Beaver),
 House Democratic Whip:
 
     "DEP has been focusing its energies this week on one clear public-safety
 message to Pennsylvania anglers:  You should limit your potential exposure to
 harmful contaminants by eating no more than one meal per week of the fish you
 catch in our waterways.  This is the broadest and most-protective fish
 advisory ever issued by the Commonwealth.
     "We wish that Rep. Veon would focus his energy on helping us get the word
 out so people have the information they need to enjoy the first day of trout
 season safely.
     "We've also been very open about PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) test
 results and already have given them to groups like PennFutures.  In fact, to
 get the information Rep. Veon seeks, one has to look no further than the Fish
 and Boat Commission website to find it.
     "To say that we've been hiding information or, worse, that there may be
 something `criminal' here is just outrageous.
     "It's regrettable that he's trying to make this into a political issue
 rather than helping us get the public the health information they need."
     To see the PCB test results, visit DEP through the PA PowerPort at
 www.state.pa.us or directly at
 http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Fish_Boat/qpcb2001.htm.
 
     CONTACT:  April L. Hutcheson
               Deputy Press Secretary
               (717) 787-1323
 
 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
    HARRISBURG, Pa., April 13 /PRNewswire/ -- PA Department of Environmental
 Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary David E. Hess today issued the following
 statement in response to a press release by Rep. Michael Veon (D-Beaver),
 House Democratic Whip:
 
     "DEP has been focusing its energies this week on one clear public-safety
 message to Pennsylvania anglers:  You should limit your potential exposure to
 harmful contaminants by eating no more than one meal per week of the fish you
 catch in our waterways.  This is the broadest and most-protective fish
 advisory ever issued by the Commonwealth.
     "We wish that Rep. Veon would focus his energy on helping us get the word
 out so people have the information they need to enjoy the first day of trout
 season safely.
     "We've also been very open about PCB (polychlorinated biphenyls) test
 results and already have given them to groups like PennFutures.  In fact, to
 get the information Rep. Veon seeks, one has to look no further than the Fish
 and Boat Commission website to find it.
     "To say that we've been hiding information or, worse, that there may be
 something `criminal' here is just outrageous.
     "It's regrettable that he's trying to make this into a political issue
 rather than helping us get the public the health information they need."
     To see the PCB test results, visit DEP through the PA PowerPort at
 www.state.pa.us or directly at
 http://sites.state.pa.us/PA_Exec/Fish_Boat/qpcb2001.htm.
 
     CONTACT:  April L. Hutcheson
               Deputy Press Secretary
               (717) 787-1323
 
 SOURCE  Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection