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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


Feb 27, 2017 Judith Vincent
Feb 27, 2017 Jennifer Holliday
Feb 27, 2017 Maria Pannenbacker
Feb 27, 2017 Kathryn Pike
Feb 26, 2017 Christine Krieger
Feb 26, 2017 Sharon Gillespie
Feb 26, 2017 Christine Heidt
Feb 26, 2017 Blaze Bhence
Feb 26, 2017 Mike Biggs
Feb 26, 2017 Cairn Mahoney
Feb 26, 2017 labarre Paola
Feb 26, 2017 Anne McDonough
Feb 25, 2017 ARIANNE CUSTER
Feb 25, 2017 Pamela Babcock
Feb 25, 2017 Lisa Davis
Feb 25, 2017 Marie Boyle
Feb 25, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
Feb 25, 2017 Alvin Carrier
Feb 25, 2017 Cindy Howard
Feb 25, 2017 Robert Lombardi
Feb 25, 2017 Mary Smith
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Feb 25, 2017 Gina Dalvesco Please stop lead poisoning in our children and all the side effects.
Feb 25, 2017 Phyllis Witmer
Feb 25, 2017 Tahesha Gilliard
Feb 25, 2017 Amy Estabrook
Feb 25, 2017 Nick Stockbridge
Feb 24, 2017 Susan Closson
Feb 24, 2017 jenni payne
Feb 24, 2017 Nadia Turba
Feb 24, 2017 terri richmond
Feb 24, 2017 Karla Gloor
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Feb 24, 2017 Karen Wagner
Feb 24, 2017 Susan Dobbertin
Feb 24, 2017 Jenifer Horne
Feb 24, 2017 james Long
Feb 24, 2017 Lois Schreur
Feb 24, 2017 Candice Keith
Feb 24, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Feb 24, 2017 Linda Chance
Feb 24, 2017 Lyn Jones
Feb 24, 2017 Deborah Wall
Feb 24, 2017 David Kavanagh
Feb 24, 2017 michaelene clissold
Feb 24, 2017 Charles Muehlhof
Feb 24, 2017 Christine Jordan
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