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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


May 27, 2017 Sally Blakey
May 26, 2017 Ellen Prior
May 26, 2017 Richard Cooper Let's real about what needs to be done. Please!
May 25, 2017 Marie-Jeanne Somville
May 24, 2017 Sara Graziosa
May 23, 2017 Andrea Thompson
May 23, 2017 Nola Nolff
May 23, 2017 DOLORES MORENO
May 22, 2017 Kathy Aprile
May 22, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
May 20, 2017 Margaret Touw
May 20, 2017 James Deschene
May 20, 2017 Shirley Troia
May 20, 2017 Zainib Ahmad Save our children. PLease!
May 20, 2017 Carl Hoffmeister
May 19, 2017 Corinne S Smith
May 18, 2017 inci demirsahin
May 18, 2017 Peggy DiSciascio We live in a country where we have resources to keep everyone safe from toxic exposure. Please protect us all from lead poisoning by making this a priority. Thank you
May 18, 2017 THEODORA BOURA
May 16, 2017 Diane Beeny
May 15, 2017 Emile Ouellette
May 15, 2017 Artur Xavier
May 14, 2017 Laura Pariani
May 14, 2017 Priscilla Auger
May 13, 2017 H Brown
May 12, 2017 Tamar Schwartz
May 12, 2017 Tim Ball
May 12, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
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May 11, 2017 Jen Fitzgerald
May 11, 2017 Janice Tinkham
May 11, 2017 Melissa Sigman
May 10, 2017 NANCY SALAZAR
May 10, 2017 Linda Stipsky
May 10, 2017 Deborah Lipman
May 10, 2017 Emily Dickinson-Adams
May 10, 2017 Marcella Russo
May 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2017 gregory anderson The nation of Israel was condemned by God, in the OT, for time and again refusing to stand up for the poor, needy, orphans, and for not taking care of hazards to the neighbor, the visitor, the alien. So far the EPA and Trump ignore the aforementioned.
May 10, 2017 Blaz Kranjc
May 10, 2017 Isidora Damm
May 10, 2017 Priscilla Lopes
May 10, 2017 Teitur Ingvarsson
May 10, 2017 Melinda Norman
May 10, 2017 Andrea Rematore
May 10, 2017 Erzsébet Balázs
May 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
May 10, 2017 Gerry Stearns
May 10, 2017 Denise Maurer
May 10, 2017 Beth Hall

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