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pollution

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Petition to Panda Express, James Thomas, Peggy Cherng, andrew cherng

Dear Panda Express: We Don't Want Your Single Use Plastic

Having lived in the Puget Sound region for my sixteen years of life, I love my local landscape. Our community is lucky to be surrounded by lush mountains and endless water. We take pride in implementing green policies and on keeping the region pristine. At least, that's the illusion.  During my freshman year of high school, I became a volunteer at the Seattle Aquarium. I educated visitors about marine science and conservation. I also learned the shocking realities of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Washington’s severely polluted orca population, and microplastics in our drinking water. This led me to take a closer look at what plastic waste is doing to our home. Every year, Washington generates tens of millions of pounds of plastic waste, and the majority ISN'T recycled. Instead, much of this plastic goes into the ocean, where it breaks down into its smaller, toxic components that accumulate in the tissues of wildlife and people.   This is killing the Puget Sound. It threatens our CRITICALLY endangered Southern Resident killer whales, and it threatens me and other youth who will inherit this region. If we care about the well-being of our children, we need to hold companies that distribute plastic accountable. One of those companies is Panda Express.  While I love the food, I no longer go to Panda Express because of the single use plastic that is generated there--and I know other customers are turned off, too. If you have ever eaten at Panda Express, you know how much waste they create--a plastic container, plastic utensils, maybe a plastic bag. And that's just for one person. Panda Express has over 2,000 locations, each processing hundreds of orders a day. Think about how much plastic could be saved if Panda Express switched to biodegradable or reusable products. Subway, Trader Joe's, Starbucks, and other major chains have pledged to cut down on their plastic distribution. Panda Express should do the same. Panda Express has already had to respond to some local and state regulations that have forced the company to introduce sustainable packaging in some locations. If Panda Express can do this for some locations, why can't they do this nationwide and became a true leader in sustainable packaging in the fast-food industry? For the health of my community and others around the world, I urge Panda Express to stop its use of disposable plastic containers and utensils and substitute them for something biodegradable or reusable. The people and wildlife of Puget Sound deserve better. 

Isha S
3,967 supporters
Started 3 days ago

Petition to Environmental Protection Agency, J.B. Pritzker, Dupage county circuit court, Illinois State Senate, Illinois State House, President of the United States, Kwame Raoul, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Shut down cancer causing facility, Sterigenics for good!

Sterigenics is a commercial sterilizing facility that uses a CANCER causing chemical called Ethylene Oxide that is being pumped into the air surrounding the facility. This facility has been in operation for over three decades. Sterigenics has been pumping this cancer causing chemical into the publics air since the first building began its operations in 1984 at 7775 Quincy St. in Willowbrook IL ,60527. They opened a second facility not far from the first at 830 Midway Dr. in Willowbrook IL, 60527 in 1999. These cancer causing facilities are about half a mile away from each other! That is 35 years of a cancer causing chemical being pumped into our air by two different facilities. There has been concerns about Sterigenics since 1984 the FIRST year it was opened. On July 6th, 1984 a letter from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency I.D. Number 043110AAC , Application number 84060002 expressing concerns that the proposed plant that would become Sterigenics, "would be releasing levels of the toxic gas higher than desirable." This was even before safety limits were ever even established by the National emission standards for hazardous air pollutants (NESAP.) The surrounding neighborhoods like Willowbrook, Burr Ridge, Western Springs, Indian Springs have been exposed to levels of cancer causing chemical gas over since 1984 to present day that are over 2400x the standard level of what the EPA has deemed safe. That is 2400x more than what the Illinois protection Agency considered a safe limit in 1984! This has been happening for decades and just brushed under the rug. Residents were clueless for decades and are now demanding to shut this facility down permanently. They have been covering this up and pumping this cancer causing chemical gas into the air, as well as, our public water system for far too long. Former Sterigenics employees allege that the company ordered workers to dump toxic chemicals directly into the publics sewer systems. They also covered up how much Ethylene oxide was being released into the air. According to the Illinois environmental protection agency, the chemical Ethylene oxide is linked to several different types of cancers including, but not limited to: Hodgkins lymphoma, ovarian, breast and pancreatic cancers. Former employees also said the company manipulated alarm systems meant to warm workers when they were being over- exposed to these chemicals. These former employees know colleagues who have died from cancer and other colleagues who currently have some form of cancer. On February 15th 2019 Governor J.B. Pritzker banned the facility from using highly toxic gases. Average levels of Ethylene oxide after shutting down Sterigenics temporarily were at least 50 percent lower at each of all ten monitors used to monitor air quality. Also, they were more than around 90 percent lower at the testing locations nearest Sterigenics, such as: Burr Ridge and Willowbrook. That is a large, rapid drop in Ethylene oxide being pumped into the publics air and public sewer systems. Now, even after all of this, Sterigenics is hoping to re-open after only a few months of being shut down. Between November and February, the average daily concentrations of Ethylene oxide before the Sterigenics was temporarily shutdown were as high as 26.4 micrograms per cubic meter in residential areas, according to the EPA. These levels have been determined by the EPA to be able to trigger more than six cases of cancer for every 1,000 people exposed! The EPA stated it is unacceptable for a community to face cancer risks this high. Yet, they are allowing Sterigenics to re-open by simply stating they will install new equipment to limit the amount of toxic chemicals produced and given out to the public air and public water system. What a joke. Both the EPA and Sterigenics has known for over three decades what they were doing is very toxic to the environment and its people. Installing new equipment and re-opening such a toxic and corrupt cancer causing company is literally SICKENING the children, adults, wildlife, and all of the surrounding areas of Sterigenics. We have preschools, daycares, high school, middle schools, businesses people ALL within a very close proximity of this company. Innocent hard working paying families are being poisoned daily by the air that they breath and the water they use! We DO NOT want Sterigenics to Re-open! We want it shut down for good! A company with ignorance and horrible practices, such as Sterigenics and the Illinois Environmental Protection agency, should not be allowed a second or third chance when it comes to peoples lives being on the line! Help the innocent children, people, animals and environment. Put the people and environment FIRST! Please help the surrounding communities who are fighting for clean air, water and most importantly a long, healthy future. For decades, as testing has shown, Sterigenics has posed a critical public health risk to are communities, environment and their employees. They must remain closed. Help put a Stop to Sterigenics for good NOW!

Grant Lee
26 supporters