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Free Public Forum: Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens

Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 7 - 10pm

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Lung Cancer & New York City Kitchens:

Why Increased Radon in Natural Gas Could Be a Public Health Disaster



Radon is an invisible, but dangerous substance that is found in natural gas. It is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Increases in levels of radon in natural gas used for cooking and heating in our homes and workplaces could become a major public health disaster.

The Bloomberg administration and Con Edison are promoting increased use of natural gas in New York City. The source of this additional gas is a Pennsylvania region, the Marcellus shale fields, that appears to be unusually high in radon. This poses a risk to City residents and workers in restaurants, gas utilities, and building maintenance.

Join scientists and health professionals to learn more about this threat to the health and safety of City residents and workers and how we can prevent it.


For more information contact 212.353.4253; EMAIL

Moderated by Albert Appleton | Senior Fellow, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design, Assoc. Adjunct Prof for Sustainability, former Commissioner, New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP)

Panel Presentations 

Jeff Zimmerman | Public Interest Attorney and Radiation Expert
Sheila Bushkin-Bedient, MD, MPH | Member, Institute for Health and the Environment at SUNY Albany, Member Concerned Health Professionals of New York
Elizabeth Glass Geltman | Visiting Associate Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Jill Greenberg, MPH | Consultant, Toxic Materials Management, representing New York Committee for Occupational Safety & Health
Heather Carlucci | Executive Pastry Chef of PRINT, Founding Member, Chefs for The Marcellus and a leading advocate of Programs for From Farm to Table Food

What Can Be Done and What to Do Next

The Honorable Linda Rosenthal | New York State Assemblywoman
David Braun | United For Action

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Cosponsored by:

Bronx Greens
Brooklyn Food Coalition
Brooklyn For Peace
Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy /
Catskill Mountainkeeper
Chefs for the Marcellus
Chelsea for Peace
Citizen Action of New York
Citizens Radon Watch
Congregation of Saint Saviour Environmental Task Force
Council of Chelsea Block Associations
Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition
Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Frack Action
Friends in Unity with Nature (NY Quakers)
Grassroots Environmental Education
Gray Panthers, NYC Network
Green Party of New York State
Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany
Judson Memorial Church
Manhattan Greens
Metro New York Health Care for All Campaign
Mothers United for Sustainable Technologies
Neighborhood Energy Network
New York Friends of Clearwater
New York Society for Ethical Culture
New Yorkers Against Fracking
New Yorkers for Clean Water
New Yorkers for Sustainable Energy Solutions
NOFA - New York
North Shore Waterfront Conservancy of Staten Island
NY Climate Action Group
NY Contra el Gasoducto
NYC Friends of Clearwater
NYU Divest
Occupy The Pipeline
Park River Independent Democrats club
Park Slope United Methodist Church Social Action Committee
Pedre Integrative Health
Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air
Peoples Alliance For Clean Water & Air
Riverdale Ethical Culture
Riverside Church
Sierra Club NYC Group
Slow Food NYC
Superintendent Technical Association
The Carbon Squeeze
The Mothers Project
The Talking Band
Tinker Tree Play/Care
Trade Justice
Trinity Lutheran Church
Walkers Restaurant
WBAI Eco-Logic
West 80s Neighborhood Association
West Queens Greens
Working Families Party

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