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The EPA has been reviewing dioxin – the chemical that made Agent Orange so dangerous – since 1985. That’s more than 20 years!

Why is the EPA hiding its assessment of dioxin, the single most potent cancer-causing chemical identified by scientists?

Cancer is killing our kids. Every sixty minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer and every six hours, a child will lose her battle to cancer. Cases of pediatric cancer have increased 30% over the last 30 years, to the point that cancer is now the nation’s leading cause of death by disease in children.

Today, environmental carcinogens are everywhere, wreaking havoc with our health and our children’s health. Yet the extremely toxic dioxin isn’t regulated by the government.

By the end of January, the EPA is scheduled to release its report about health impacts from dioxin exposure. The report will become the basis for the EPA to set safe limits for dioxin exposure. It’s already known the largest source of exposure to dioxin is through the diet, primarily animal fats including fish, meat, eggs, and cheese.

Not surprisingly, industry lobbyists representing food and chemical interests have protested the release of the report, arguing the information would panic consumers.

What really panics people is the number of children getting cancer.

Healthy Child Healthy World is committed to helping parents keep their kids safe from environmental threats that lead to diseases. Parents are already reading labels, buying fresh foods, and avoiding products containing toxic chemicals. But more needs to be done.

Protect your kids by taking a stand against chemicals that cause cancer. Sign our petition to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson urging the EPA to release the dioxin assessment this month without delay so we can protect our kids from chemicals that cause cancer.

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Letter to
EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson
Dioxin, the chemical that made Agent Orange so dangerous, has been under review by the EPA for more than 20 years.

By the end of January, the EPA is scheduled to release its report about health impacts from dioxin exposure. The report will become the basis for the EPA to set safe limits for dioxin exposure. It’s already known the largest source of exposure to dioxin is through the diet, primarily animal fats including fish, meat, eggs, and cheese.

Not surprisingly, industry lobbyists representing food and chemical interests have protested the release of the report, arguing the information would panic consumers.

What really panics people is the number of children getting cancer.

Cancer is killing our kids. Every sixty minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer and every six hours, a child will lose her battle to cancer. Cases of pediatric cancer have increased 30% over the last 30 years, to the point that cancer is now the nation’s leading cause of death by disease in children.

Environmental toxicants cause cancer. In the U.S., the American Cancer Society estimates that 75% of cancers are caused by environmental factors. On a global scale, one in five cases of cancer are attributable to the environment, according to the World Health Organization.

Dioxin is primarily released as an unintentional by-product from burning or manufacturing chlorinated products, including vinyl, paper products, and pesticides. Dioxin is a highly toxic carcinogen that accumulates in fatty foods and now is found in the bodies of all Americans. More than 170 nations signed a treaty targeting dioxin for international phase out—but not the United States. The Environmental Protection Agency has been reviewing dioxin without releasing information since 1985—more than 20 years!

The EPA must do better than this. Americans deserve better than this.

It’s time to take a stand against chemicals that cause cancer so parents can protect their kids. Please do your part by releasing the dioxin reassessment on schedule by the end of January so we can move forward and do more to keep kids safe from toxic chemicals.

Thank You,