Save the Environment - Save the EPA
  • Petitioned The Honorable Hal Rogers

This petition was delivered to:

Chair, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable Hal Rogers
Chair, U.S. House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
The Honorable Mike Simpson
Vice Chair, U.S. House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
The Honorable Ken Calvert
Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Appropriations
The Honorable Norm Dicks
Ranking Member, U.S. House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies
The Honorable Jim Moran
U.S. House of Representatives

Save the Environment - Save the EPA

    1. John J. O'Grady
    2. Petition by

      John J. O'Grady

      Naperville, IL

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) National Council of EPA Locals #238 is sponsoring the “Save the Environment – Save the EPA” campaign because it believes, as do the employees represented by AFGE Council 238, that the U.S. EPA’s mission, To Protect Human Health and the Environment, is a worthy goal for the common good. 

This campaign is being coordinated and conducted by the AFGE Council 238 to bring the message to the American public that given the proposed and enacted budget cuts, the U.S. EPA as we know it today will be rendered ineffective.

AFGE Council 238 also wants to ensure that sound science is the basis for decisions about environmental protection.  AFGE Council 238 also wants to ensure that the U.S. EPA continues to be able to protect the environment so future generations of Americans do not inherit a polluted country and planet that threatens their health and survival.

Recent signatures


    1. Why "Save the Environment - Save the EPA?"

      John J. O'Grady
      Petition Organizer

      During the 1982 elections Speaker O'Neill introduced a $1-billion jobs-bill in the House. House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel of Peoria (Illinois) opposed the bill, so O'Neill delivered an address broadcast in Peoria that showed how many infrastructure problems in Representative Michel’s Congressional District would be fixed by the bill. By hitting his rival where he lived, O'Neill translated a debate over national economic policy to the local level. That story provided the inspiration to me as I began thinking in terms of the type of grassroots campaign that would be effective first with the over 10,000 U.S. EPA bargaining unit employees represented by the Council, including their family and friends, and then with as many in the general public as possible.

    2. Please Post on Your Facebook Page!

      John J. O'Grady
      Petition Organizer

      One way for this petition to go viral is for all of us to place a link to the petition on our Ffacebook page, as well as send it to our colleagues at work, along with our friends and family. What we do now may positively influence Congress to do the right thing, as well as inform the public about the issues facing our environment and our own health as a result of what Congress either does or does not do.

    3. AFGE Council 238 has engaged a firm to assist us with our campaign.

      John J. O'Grady
      Petition Organizer

      We are reaching out to various nongovernmental organizations involved in clean air, water, safe food, toxics, pesticides, etc. to give our movement all of the support we can possibly bring to it. Look for some exciting new actions in the near future starting with the Super Committee, as it deals with the budget.

    4. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • m shiel HAMBURG, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      i have heard negative things about epa they vote where the money is. whomever puts money in their pocket is the winner

    • Carol Fehner OCEANSIDE, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the EPA is the only organization that has the freedom and obligation to insure that the environment is healthy for us to live in.

    • J D OAK LAWN, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      I believe companies and manufacturing plants, elected to move their businesses overseas because they have been instructed to alter their methods of production to help prevent pollution and sickness. We can see how they have benefited through lowering overall costs of production; however what I have not seen is the education provided for safety and awareness of the potential health risks for their new found labor forces.

      Rules and regulations have been developed for the purpose of safety. The repercussions of such pollutants may be overlooked because the mindset that life goes on, it’s not my family, or simply people are not aware of which diseases have caused what, or the need for what is being produced is so great, it cannot be stopped without first having something to replace it.

      The Chinese Academy of Environmental planning in 2003 had an internal and unpublished report which estimated that 300,000 people die each year from ambient air pollution, mostly of heart disease and lung cancer. A 2007 World Bank report concluded "...outdoor air pollution was already causing 350,000 to 400,000 premature deaths a year. Indoor pollution contributed to the deaths of an additional 300,000 people, while 60,000 died from diarrhea, bladder and stomach cancer and other diseases that can be caused by water-borne pollution." World Bank officials said "China’s environmental agency insisted that the health statistics be removed from the published version of the report, citing the possible impact on 'social stability'.

      I have been a beneficiary of the EPA’s educational and awareness programs and have witnessed the life saving and health altering decisions made, at work and at home, based on the EPA’s awareness programs. The EPA has proven their commitment of using its authorities, consistent with the law and best available sciences and has further proven their interest in protecting our families, coworkers and communities across the nation from impacts to water quality and public health.

      I perceive any efforts of eradicating or disabling any EPA operations or safety affiliated organizations should be considered a willful and unlawful act to knowingly harm our living environment, through enabling disabilities, causing sickness and death and intentionally concealing deadly weapons of mass destruction.

    • Thomas Smith GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      The health and well being of the citizens of the United States is critical to the strength of our Republic

    • barbara l ALDEN, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Why sign this..? Do we not care about where we live? Do we really want to sacrifice our environment for money? What will that money be worth once the environment is destroyed? come.. Need anyone have to give a reason for signing this? WE CARE! SAVE THE EPA... PROTECT HUMAN HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT!


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