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Tell the EPA to look at the full picture of toxic risks

Action: Stop Pollution

March 15, 2016   Action Alert ID# 350

 

Every day, in communities across the United States, children are breathing and ingesting chemicals at home, at school, and on the playground. People are exposed to dangerous chemicals in our air, water, soil, consumer products and food.

We have only days left to tell EPA to update how it accounts for people’s total exposure to ALL toxic chemicals. Take action now before the deadline for public comment expires on March 22.

The city of Port Arthur, Texas, has three large refineries and more than five other major polluting facilities, including petrochemical plants and an incinerator. In Wilmington, California, residents are exposed to pollution coming from several chemical plants, scrap yards, six oil refineries, hundreds of oil wells, diesel trucks, trains and cargo ships.

For years, the EPA has failed these communities and thousands more by not looking at the cumulative impacts of all their toxic exposures—even though that’s the agency’s job.

The EPA has up-to-date scientific tools that could make a difference, but it’s not using them. Tell the agency to act now to protect vulnerable communities, especially children, from ALL exposures to toxic chemicals in air, water, soil, consumer products and pesticides!

In 2009, the National Academy of Sciences advised the EPA to follow the current science on health risks when making decisions. In 2013, Earthjustice filed comments on behalf of a diverse coalition of organizations urging the EPA to protect vulnerable communities bombarded by toxic pollution. Yet in rule after rule and action after action, the agency still isn’t following the up-to-date science on public health exposure to chemicals.

We have an opportunity to move this issue forward right now.

Take action and tell the EPA to start following the current science on human exposure to toxic chemicals. The administration must complete the job this year to ensure that strong guidelines are in place requiring agency staff to address the full picture on toxics for the next generation of children exposed to dangerous chemicals.

March 15, 2016   Action Alert ID# 350

 

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