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You've heard about the lead poisoning crisis in Flint, Michigan, but the problem of lead exposure is far more widespread, and it comes from more than drinking water.

The historic widespread use of lead in gasoline, paint, and metal products contaminates our water, soil, dust, and the air we breathe. Every year, it continues to enter our communities from new sources. You can find lead in the wheel weights that fall off our cars' tires, our jewelry, lead-glazed cookware, certain cosmetics, and the aviation fuel used in many small aircraft.

Lead is a potent neurotoxin with no safe level of exposure. Prolonged exposure is associated with high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease and reduced fertility, and government scientists have concluded that lead is "reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen."

The reported number of children poisoned by lead around the country is staggering and the effects are long term.

Over half a million children in the United States have levels of lead in their blood high enough to require medical case management, according to CDC estimates. In Minnesota, more than 10% of children have high blood lead levels; in Syracuse, NY, high blood lead levels afflict more than 40% of children. In young children, elevated blood lead levels are associated with irreversible loss of IQ along with diminished academic abilities and problem behaviors.

We can't afford to continue responding to these lead contamination crises one at a time. We must is prevent lead exposure before it harms our communities.

Instead, sluggish federal agencies responsible for keeping lead out of our communities act as if the longstanding problem of lead pollution has been solved. This is far from the case.

We have a unique opportunity NOW to call on the Environmental Protection Agency to take a comprehensive approach to ending our ongoing use of lead.

It is time for EPA to finally look comprehensively at the burden on children and families from lead in products that are still being sold.

Lead poisoning is clearly not a problem of the past. Add your voice to our call to protect kids by preventing lead exposure. We're urging the EPA to make lead a priority under the newly reformed federal Toxic Substances Control Act.

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To: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The newly reformed Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) gives you the authority to protect public health by evaluating the safety of chemical substances and restricting substances that pose unreasonable risks.

The CDC estimates that over half a million children in the United States have levels of lead in their blood high enough to require medical case management. EPA cannot just sit back while these tens of thousands of children suffer the devastating effects of lead poisoning.

With the reform of TSCA, Congress gave EPA the authority and the mandate to protect children from toxic exposures. Now it must use that authority. Tackling the epidemic of lead exposure should be EPA's highest priority under the new TSCA.

I strongly urge EPA to do everything in its power to safeguard children from the continuing uses of lead in products and materials sold in this country. Please take the first step in protecting the next generation of children by prioritizing lead as a chemical for immediate health risk evaluation and action under the reformed Toxic Substances Control Act this year.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 27, 2017 Bonnie Heimbigner With the technology & advancements of this country, you would think lead poisoning would have had a handle on it by now. It's pretty stupid for a country as advanced as America is, children & others) are still dying from this. WE HAVE TO WISE UP !!
Apr 27, 2017 Emily Smith
Apr 27, 2017 Rachael Meneer
Apr 27, 2017 michael nagy
Apr 27, 2017 Ron Scheinberg
Apr 27, 2017 hannes elfving
Apr 27, 2017 Marion Nesbitt Despicable.
Apr 27, 2017 Sandra Ainsley
Apr 27, 2017 Ronald Brown
Apr 27, 2017 Scott Houchin
Apr 27, 2017 Janine Hill
Apr 27, 2017 Dee Noblett Stop doing filthy trumps dirty work just who do you really represent Pruitt????
Apr 27, 2017 Lisa Vaughan
Apr 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2017 Anne Knafl
Apr 27, 2017 bri ericksen
Apr 27, 2017 Hamid Ebrahimi
Apr 27, 2017 Amy Bartley
Apr 27, 2017 Kelli Fielden
Apr 27, 2017 Rodolfo Ochoa
Apr 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 27, 2017 Judy Allen
Apr 27, 2017 Grisel Rodriguez
Apr 27, 2017 Vanessa Arrif Shame on trump!!! Poor fool
Apr 27, 2017 Kathryn Santana
Apr 27, 2017 Taryn Vogt
Apr 27, 2017 Mark Jordan Would you want this for YOUR family?
Apr 27, 2017 Francine Dolins
Apr 27, 2017 JoAnn Dunn
Apr 27, 2017 Brigitte Nelson
Apr 27, 2017 Sheila Wentzel
Apr 27, 2017 Carol Rydell
Apr 27, 2017 Robert Rydell
Apr 27, 2017 Kathy Semic
Apr 27, 2017 Jill Keogh PLEASE STOP THE USE OF LEAD IN ANYTHING!
Apr 27, 2017 Lori Chow
Apr 27, 2017 camilo oviedo
Apr 27, 2017 Dee Martin
Apr 27, 2017 Nadia Burguin
Apr 27, 2017 Tessa Young
Apr 27, 2017 Geoff Regalado
Apr 27, 2017 Kamille Bottzauw
Apr 27, 2017 Cody Lee
Apr 27, 2017 Abigail Gindele
Apr 27, 2017 Louise Friedenson
Apr 27, 2017 Margaret Denn Hope Trump doesn't notice this or it will be gone or seriously cut like other important federal government environmental protections, etc.
Apr 27, 2017 Cindy Font
Apr 27, 2017 Francine Traniello
Apr 27, 2017 nicole maurone
Apr 27, 2017 Kelcie Heidrich

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