This letter is
with regard to the headlines in your newspaper (name of newspaper) dated (---). The
headlines lumped the Washington Toxics Coalition, Greenpeace and the state Department of
Ecology into a camp of "scare mongerers," and "wrong-headed radicals"
ridiculing a laudable effort by the Department of Ecology to protect our health from the
very worst-known chemical pollutants.
However, let it be known that Professor --------- has actually been misquoted. No
reputable scientist would ever claim that "over half" of the Department of
Ecology's list of _____bio accumulative chemicals of concern to be targeted for source
reduction were found in nature. He implied that natural sources of such chemicals were
anything but a tiny fraction of the known sources which have been, or remain, a cause for
alarm. These deadly chemicals are also found in nature in minute quantities. However,
the point is to prevent the needless, self-imposed man-made risks. As a society we are
needlessly poisoning ourselves with excessive outputs of harmful chemicals, including the
killer chemicals like DDT, PCBs, etc., that have already been banned or phased out by
would ask you to clear your facts before publishing false reports as it harms the
reputation of people concerned.