When my seven-year-old son Nathan discovered that kids his age are being poisoned by toxic levels of lead from battery recycling plants in Naucalpan de Juárez and other Mexican towns, he decided to start this petition to help communities suffering from lead pollution. Together, we researched the issue and found out that lead batteries are melted down without the proper guidelines for safety. The process emits toxic dust that settles on schools, homes, and markets, making people, and especially kids, sick.
Nathan decided the best way to make a change is to ask the biggest company responsible to stop sending batteries to these facilities: Johnson Controls Battery Group.
Johnson Controls, an American company, says 97% of their lead-acid car batteries are recycled; yet they are the largest exporter of lead-acid batteries to Mexico and the biggest contributor to this problem, according toThe New York Times. Nathan wants Johnson Controls to make sure any facility they use meets the same environmental standards as in the U.S. so that the health and lives of our Mexican neighbors are not put at risk.
Please, sign Nathan’s petition and ask Johnson Controls to keep kids everywhere safe from toxic lead pollution.
For more information on this issue, see the work of OK International.
Stop Unsafe Lead Battery Recycling in Mexico
This petition has been created by Nathan Hyman, a second-grade student, who discovered that kids his age are being poisoned by toxic levels of lead from battery recycling plants in Naucalpan de Juárez and other Mexican towns.
Your company is the biggest producer, recycler, and exporter of lead batteries to Mexico (as reported by the New York Times, Dec. 8, 2011), and we are asking that you act now to ensure that any facilities you ship batteries to meet U.S. environmental and health standards. Otherwise, we urge you to find domestic recycling plants who can do this important work safely.
Lead batteries that are melted down without the proper guidelines for safety emit toxic dust that settles on schools, homes, and markets in towns like Naucalpan. Soil samples in a schoolyard close to the Industrial Mondelo factory showed five times the maximum limits for lead in the U.S. Nathan and his friends were shocked to hear how this contamination is making kids sick, and that there is no cure for their ailments once they have them. "It's really bad that they are getting hurt," he said, "no kids should have that happen to them."
Please act to ensure that any facility your company uses meets the same environmental standards as in the U.S. so that the health and lives of our Mexican neighbors are not put at risk.