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Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Ban Asbestos in the US Now, Without Loopholes or Exemptions

My daughter was just 10 years-old when my husband, Alan, was diagnosed with a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, a deadly material which is still being used in the U.S. today. Families like mine have fought for decades to get the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban the use of asbestos, but instead the administration allows imports and use to continue. Alan’s disease was incurable – but it was also entirely preventable. Asbestos kills an estimated 39,000 people in the US every year, yet the EPA has not banned companies from continuing to use it. They are knowingly poisoning Americans. In 2004, Doug Larkin and I co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization to fight for families battling mesothelioma. We vowed that we would fight with all of our strength to prevent other families from going through the pain, devastation, and loss that we experienced. Emily and I were there with Alan when he took his last breaths. I lost my soulmate and my daughter lost her father because our government refused to stand up to greedy corporations.   The EPA has now spent decades of time and taxpayer dollars on asbestos research. They know it is deadly, yet hundreds of tons of raw asbestos are allowed every year to be used in our country. It’s long past time that the EPA banned this deadly material once and for all. Enough is enough.

Linda Reinstein and the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization
137,911 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Tell the EPA: Don’t Let Big Plastic Trash our Oceans

The world’s oceans are already drowning in plastic trash. And instead of working to stem the tide of pollution, plastic manufacturers want to dramatically increase U.S. plastic production over the next decade. From the deepest sea trenches to the most remote oceanic islands, plastic pollution has made its way there; suffocating sea turtles, starving seabirds, and wreaking havoc on marine ecosystems. On top of that, the facilities producing all the plastic are poisoning communities – like the African American neighborhoods in Louisiana’s ‘Cancer Alley’ - with deadly carcinogens including dioxin, phthalates and benzene. If we’re going to win the battle against the plastic pollution crisis, and the environmental racism at the heart of it, we have to fight it at the source. So we’re demanding the EPA do its job and stop industry from trashing our oceans and polluting frontline communities as it moves to dramatically expand U.S. plastic production. Add your name today to our petition demanding the EPA protect vulnerable communities and marine wildlife from plastic pollution. ====================== Petition Text: Dear Environmental Protection Agency, I'm writing to urge the EPA to adopt new rules for plastic manufacturing facilities to better track and ultimately limit the pollution that's being dumped into our air and water. Plastic has been accumulating in our oceans for decades, with an estimated 8 million tons added every year. And under current permits, the facilities producing all the plastic — including plants in low-income areas along the Gulf Coast and in Appalachia — are poisoning communities with deadly carcinogens. This is unacceptable. The EPA needs to greatly increase monitoring and enforcement and outright ban the discharge of benzene, dioxin, phthalates, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons — all of which are extremely harmful to human health and marine life. Right now the plastic industry plans to increase North American plastic production by at least 35 percent by 2025. So now's the time to fix these outdated rules. The current guidelines and standards to limit plastic pollution were developed decades ago and don't account for the latest science and technology, as the Clean Water Act requires. Specifically I ask that you take the following four actions to protect people and wildlife from pollution by these petrochemical plants: 1) Prohibit the discharge of plastic pellets and all other plastic materials in stormwater and wastewater; 2) Update effluent limitation guidelines for new facilities to eliminate the discharge of all toxic pollutants; 3) Revise the list of chemicals considered as pollutants to reflect current science; and 4) Update the pollution-control requirements for all petrochemical facilities to reflect advances in monitoring and treatment technologies since the last revisions decades ago. I'm counting on you to protect our communities and wildlife from plastic pollution.

Center for Biological Diversity
124,005 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Tell the EPA: Ban paraquat, an herbicide linked to Parkinson’s disease.

Despite being banned in 32 countries, paraquat is one of the most widely used herbicides in the United States. Yet many studies, including one as recent as 2017, show that paraquat exposure increases risk of Parkinson’s disease. We believe the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should join other countries in banning the use of this herbicide.   Parkinson’s is a chronic, degenerative neurological disease that impacts nearly 1 million Americans. Currently, there is no treatment to slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s, nor is there a cure. Every 15 years, the EPA reviews all herbicides to confirm they comply with federal safety standards, and paraquat is currently under review. That’s why your signature is so important today. The Unified Parkinson’s Advocacy Council, led by The Michael J. Fox Foundation, educates lawmakers on the causes of Parkinson’s and advocates for public policy changes that support patients and families. Last year, the Council sent a letter to the EPA outlining paraquat’s health risks and asking for it to be banned in the United States. Introduced in the 1960s, paraquat kills most green plant tissue on contact and is often used as an alternative for weeds resistant to glyphosate, the herbicide commonly known as “Roundup.” There are other means of pest-control that farmers can use to obtain an adequate yield without increasing Parkinson’s risk. Please sign our petition asking the EPA Administrator to protect Americans and prohibit the use of paraquat.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
112,618 supporters
Petitioning President Trump

Ban Toxic Chinese Drywall, Provide Medical Monitoring, Injunctive Equitable Relief, Public Awareness

After Hurricane Katrina, our Family moved from Louisiana to Florida. We bought a new house and were thrilled to be getting a fresh start. However, our happiness was short-lived. Soon, the entire family’s health, and our house’s appliances, air conditioning unit, and wiring all began failing. It was a bizarre nightmare. What we learned later was that our walls were literally made from poison. After talking to neighbors who were experiencing the same issues, we brought in a forensic toxic specialist. Our drywall had been shipped in from China and was made with toxins that should never have been allowed in a building product. But by then, it was too late. Our builder had gone out of business, our insurance had a pollution exclusion, and our mortgage company said we were responsible. I filed a complaint with the insurance commissioner and after investigating they dismissed my complaint stating in fine print there was a pollution exclusion, I knew they weren't referencing these gasses emitting from Chinese Drywall. I need your help to make sure no family has to endure what we are facing. Join me in demanding that all Chinese drywall be banned from  the United States until it has been guaranteed to be safe and toxin-free. After hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Chinese drywall flooded the US market. According to shipping information Knauf Tianjin sent at least 38.7 million pounds of Chinese Drywall, Knauf Wuhu sent 28.6 million pounds. Based on U.S. customs and census information these figures indicate 78% from these two China plants in 2006. Those numbers have continued to increase affecting more innocent homeowners. It was used in countless homes, and thousands of families are currently involved in lawsuits over it. They have experienced the same horrible health effects as us, such as eye and upper respiratory infections, chronic nose bleeds, vomiting blood,scalp sores, migraines and chronic fatigue, and have also seen it destroy everything they worked hard to build. The problem is so bad that Congress passed a bill to learn more about the dangers of Chinese drywall used in homes like mine. We ended up having to walk away from our home, losing over $100,000 in equity. After we did, it was bulldozed to the ground. When we moved into a new place, we learned that it, too, had Chinese drywall. This toxic product is everywhere. There is reports of eleven infants at Fort Bragg that have mysteriously died  and the homes contained Chinese Drywall. This design defect by China allowed high levels of sulfide gasses: carbon disulfide, carbonyl sulfide, dimethyl sulfide and other chemicals to emit through off-gassing into our homes. If it can corrode wiring turn our metals, silverware, jewelry black,  what is the long term health effects we face? We have photos of congress entering our homes wearing masks, however their saying theirs no danger when you leave. They refuse to study the health effects that families have suffered and continue to suffer daily. My family has never received justice. We still suffer from ill health, our credit has been destroyed, and we have to scrape every penny just to get by day-to-day. We are no longer home owners, we rent. Recently, I learned I have thyroid cancer, and I know in my heart that it is from the Chinese drywall. A home is supposed to protect you, not kill you. It is time to ban Chinese drywall until we have answers and guarantees that it is safe.

Crystal K
90,243 supporters
Petitioning Environmental Protection Agency

Protect Bristol Bay from the Pebble Mine

Having always been an advocate for the environment, I was horrified when EPA head Scott Pruitt reversed protections for Alaska’s Bristol Bay, one of the world’s largest salmon fisheries, to allow for the construction of a massive mine in the heart of the bay. The Pebble Mine would be irreversible and catastrophic for Bristol Bay and its salmon. Join me in standing up for this natural treasure by demanding that the EPA protect Bristol Bay. Bristol Bay is home to the world’s most valuable wild salmon fishery in the world – half of the world’s sockeye salmon catch comes from here alone. The bay generates over 14,000 jobs and and close to half a billion dollars of revenue for the area and the salmon support thousands of Alaskan Native people who have depended on the fish for centuries. This proposed large scale mine would be the largest and most destructive open pit mine in North America. It would be at least 1/3 mile deep, over 12 square miles wide, and generate a massive 23 billion tons of toxic mining waste that would have to be contained by a series of dams. We can stop this irreversible catastrophe from happening. Sign this petition and we will send it to the EPA and Alaska Governor Mike Donleavy stating that we are against the Pebble Mine and continue to voice your disapproval of the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay by sharing this petition so our voices can be heard and cannot be ignored.

Thomas Dao
71,743 supporters