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posted: 3/9/2014 5:01 AM

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In your latest round of endorsements ahead of the March 18 Democratic primary, the Herald falsely alleged that Metropolitan Water Reclamation District Commissioner Frank Avila has ignored the threat of pharmaceutical and chemical contamination of our wastewater.

The truth is quite the opposite. Commissioner Avila has been a forceful voice against contamination since before the issue entered the mainstream conversation. He has always been and remained a champion of protecting our water environment from these issues. Commissioner Avila was producing public access TV programs starting in 2004 focusing on the hazards associated with pharmaceutical and chemical contamination of our wastewater. Here is a list of programs Commissioner Avila has recorded on this matter; most can easily be found on YouTube: Biosolids Field Day Water Quality in the United States, Ecology & The Culture of Water, Clean Water is Everyone's Responsibility, Talking With Children About The Water Cycle, Dr. Tyrone Hayes (environmental biologist): Chemicals in Our Water

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Commissioner Avila has also recorded hundreds of other programs focusing on health and mental illness as well as many cultural and ethnic programs. I encourage you to issue a correction on this matter.

Michael McGrath

Cicero

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