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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


Mar 25, 2017 DIANA POE-PIERSOLL PLEASE protect us from the powers that be!
Mar 25, 2017 Brian Gottejman
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 24, 2017 Diane McMahon
Mar 24, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 23, 2017 steven rule
Mar 23, 2017 Loraine Lindsey
Mar 23, 2017 Amina Jamal
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
Mar 23, 2017 David Young
Mar 22, 2017 Kathleen Healey
Mar 22, 2017 Carla Cicchi It has been a known fact for years that many materials contain lead and that it is dangerous for people and animals to ingest it. So, why is it still being used in paints, etc.?! EPA needs to make lead one of its priorities now.
Mar 22, 2017 Ed Askins
Mar 22, 2017 Alexandra Matos
Mar 22, 2017 betty goller
Mar 22, 2017 Harriet Saidman Now . . . . Use the TSCA to help all children - rich or poor.
Mar 22, 2017 Jean Fitch If you love your kids you have to love fixing this issue.
Mar 22, 2017 Juls Robertson
Mar 22, 2017 norma graciela varrone cancio
Mar 22, 2017 Jean Potter
Mar 22, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Mar 22, 2017 Lorain MacDonald
Mar 22, 2017 Claire Armendinger
Mar 22, 2017 Allen Graves
Mar 22, 2017 Jeanne Devine
Mar 22, 2017 John and Deborah Haynes
Mar 22, 2017 Diane Gravette
Mar 22, 2017 Pamela Parker
Mar 22, 2017 Eileen Juric
Mar 22, 2017 Donna Erie
Mar 22, 2017 Alex Bice
Mar 22, 2017 Daniel Yagolkowski
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Mar 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2017 Mary Sier
Mar 20, 2017 Sophie Miranda
Mar 20, 2017 Deborah Bortot
Mar 20, 2017 Michele Manuel
Mar 20, 2017 Jane Wilken
Mar 20, 2017 Monty Foley
Mar 20, 2017 Jennifer Lindridge
Mar 20, 2017 Leanne Fisher
Mar 20, 2017 Anitra Gordon
Mar 20, 2017 Miriam Feehily
Mar 19, 2017 natalie hughes
Mar 19, 2017 chantal Van Beveren
Mar 18, 2017 Sue Christiansen
Mar 18, 2017 Sharon Jacobs-Salinas
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 17, 2017 Sandy Westphal

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