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Petition to Portland City Council

Pass an organic land care ordinance in Portland, Maine

Organic land care is the way of the future. More than 25 Maine communities already restrict conventional pesticides. Most of Canada has banned both the use and sale of conventional pesticides. France started rolling out its own ban in 2017. In 2016, South Portland passed the strongest organic land care ordinance in the country. Portland residents want an ordinance as strong OR stronger than South Portland's. Responding to resident complaints, the city finally eliminated its sidewalk Roundup spray program in 2016. The city is also working to reduce pesticide use. But the pace is slow and city staff still cling to IPM, which allows the use of conventional pesticides and fertilizers for cosmetic purposes. Meanwhile, any property owner in the city is free to buy conventional pesticides and apply them as they see fit. This often means high risk conventional pesticides run-off into storm drains and drift into neighboring yards. Residents and visitors continue to be exposed to pesticides used on city athletic fields, the city golf course and by untrained property owners. Retailers remain free to sell these varied chemicals linked to diseases in both humans and animals; known to kill bees and other pollinators; and that negatively affect our environment and coastal waters.. In 2015, the city spent $25,000 on synthetic pesticides for the Riverside Golf Course, which abuts the Presumpscot River.  Our property rights are taken from us when pesticides drift and runoff from neighboring properties and kill foraging honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Children and pets often run across or lay down in treated areas.  Other communities in Maine, across the country and around the world have restricted conventional pesticides within their city limits. Eldredge Lumber and Hardware, which has a retail center in Portland, has removed all synthetic pesticides and fertilizers from its store shelves and replaced them with organics and seen sales rise 30 percent. Organic land care is the way of the future. PETITION We the undersigned Portland residents, property owners, workers, business owners and visitors ask the City Council to reject IPM and enact an organic land care ordinance restricting the use and sale of conventional pesticides and fertilizers and permitting those allowed in the National Organic Program. It is our duty to advocate for children, pets and pollinators today. By passing such an ordinance, the Portland City Council can keep our community and environment healthy and thriving and maintain our place as a leading green city.

Portland Protectors
1,132 supporters
Started 6 days ago

Petition to Home Depot

Home Depot: Stop selling dangerous chemicals

A weekend home improvement project shouldn’t result in a dangerous exposure to chemicals. You can walk into any Home Depot and buy paint strippers containing two highly toxic chemicals—methylene chloride (also known as DCM) and N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP).  Short-term exposure to DCM can be deadly. According to OSHA, paint strippers containing DCM have been linked to more than 50 deaths nationwide since the 1980’s — usually during tasks like refinishing bathtubs in poorly ventilated spaces. Long-term exposure to DCM has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer. A chemical this dangerous shouldn’t be available in home improvement stores.  Some companies market NMP as a safer alternative to DCM. But the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that NMP exposure puts women of childbearing age and pregnant women at risk of harm to their fetuses. NMP has been linked to miscarriage, fetal death, decreased birth weight, and other fetal developmental effects. The EPA recently proposed major restrictions on these chemicals in paint strippers under a new chemical safety law. But that process could take years and there’s just no good reason for retailers like Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. Retailers like The Home Depot have a track-record of proactive leadership in restricting the sale of other toxic chemicals, such as phthalates in flooring materials. The Home Depot has an excellent opportunity to build on that track record by also phasing out the sale of paint strippers containing DCM and NMP. Please sign and share this petition to encourage retailers like The Home Depot to protect our families from these dangerous chemicals. Help us tell The Home Depot to stop selling DCM and NMP-filled paint thinners today.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
1,779 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Arlington County School Board, Arlington County Board, John Chadwick, Parks and Recreation Arlington County

Remove Crumb Rubber & Toxic Materials From Arlington, VA Fields and Play Grounds

Keep Our Fields and Play grounds Safe - Please Remove Crumb Rubber & Toxic Materials From Arlington, VA Fields & Playgrounds - Use Plant Derived Materials **Por favor, busque a continuación para la traducción española Arlington County residents ask that all current synthetic fields be filled with plant-based alternatives versus the crumb rubber and EPDM currently used and ban use of toxic rubber materials from our playgrounds. Montgomery County, MD passed a unanimous Council vote to ban crumb rubber and implement the use of plant-based alternatives such as coconut fiber, cork and rice husk blend. Hartford, CT, Los Angeles Unified School District and the New York City Parks Departments already have banned the use of crumb rubber.  The federal government is investigating the use of crumb rubber further and with the recent ESPN story communities want answers and to be safe by placing a ban on future use of crumb rubber to be safe rather than sorry.   Arlington County is building fields and parks with toxic substances from scrap car and truck tires that are ground up and recycled without knowing the long term health and environmental impacts. Even the use of EPDM (being piloted at Williamsburg) has still not been deemed safe and contain chemical substances. There are no warning signs at fields or playgrounds about the safety precautions families should take around these materials. Dangers of Crumb Rubber and Rubber Play Ground Materials:Exposure to Children:   Absorption of chemicals through skin and in cuts, inhalation of VOC’s, tire dust and ingestion of particle matter and tire dust - It mixes with their sweat and it also gets into their mouths when players, especially goalies are on the ground and if they do not wash their hands before eating at games. Rise in blood cancers in soccer goalies are causing concern for parents around the county. Tire Materials Not been Tested for Safety:  Crumb Rubber contains a long list of carcinogens, heavy metals, PAHs, Phthalates (and other endocrine distributors) as well a carbon black. In a recent Yale study NO toxicity assessments have been done on rubber crumb components for their health effects. Heat Concerns - On a 98-degree day, the temperature on the turf could rise to more than 120 degrees increasing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that off-gas. Hot surfaces increase player injury risk especially for goalies who are on the ground more often. Plant based infill provides an added benefit of reducing surface temperatures on synthetic turf up to 40 degrees.  Environmental Impact: Once a synthetic field replaces natural grass, it kills any living organism in the subsoil making it impossible without years of soil remediation to grow anything on that surface. High level of stormwater runoff created with synthetic fields, adding to Arlington’s already extensive percentage of impervious surfaces countywide. According to Arlington County “They [synthetic turf fields] are installed by certified professionals and adhere to Synthetic Turf Council Guidelines for crumb rubber infill. Arlington’s synthetic turf fields are tested annually to be sure they meet or exceed national standards for their ability to absorb shock and reduce impact.”  Even the Synthetic Turf Council, the lobbying group set up by the synthetic turf industry, concedes within their guidelines gloves, respirators and protective clothing are used when handling the crumb rubber and “Good personal hygiene; frequent washing with soap and water of exposed areas; remove and clean solid clothing.” are recommended for exposure to crumb rubber.   Also, the Arlington County’s online  FAQ sheet about synthetic turf safety cites 10 references with most of these sources and articles being outdated. The references are not only weak but also present many reasons why crumb rubber is unsafe to the environment or were inconclusive in some cases. Recent studies have been undertaken and new data uncovered given recent questions and findings. The CT study cited has since been retracted.  The EPA is even taking further action to study this issue.  Please use PLANT DERIVED infill & materials immediately on existing and future synthetic fields & play grounds for the safety of our children and residents. We also ask that Arlington County evaluate the long term impact of continuing to build synthetic turf fields and ask if the risk is worth the negative impact on our land, budget priorities (a “full-size synthetic turf field more costly – about $700,000, compared to $70,000–$125,000 – for a high-quality, natural grass field.”) and to citizen health.   Respectfully, Arlington Parents & Residents  Spanish Language Version -  Pedimos proteger nuestros campos deportivos y de juegos infantiles - Pedimos que  saquen los materiales de goma desmenuzada y tóxicos de los campos de juego  -  Pedimos que se utilice materiales derivados de plantas. Los residentes del Condado de Arlington pedimos que todos los campos deportivos y de juego sean cubiertos con materiales derivados de plantas en vez de goma desmenuzada y EPDM que se están utilizando en la actualidad.  Asimismo que se prohiba el uso de materiales tóxicos en nuestros campos de juego.  El Condado de Montgomery en Maryland ya ha aprobado por unanimidad de voto del Consejo, la prohibición del uso de la goma desmenuzada y la implementación del uso de materiales alternativos provenientes de plantas, como por ejemplo  fibra de coco y la mezcla de fibras de corcho y bagazo de arroz. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Los Angeles (Los Angeles Unified School District) y los Departamentos de Parques de la ciudad de Nueva York han prohibido también el uso de la goma desmenuzada. El Gobierno Federal está investigando el uso de la goma desmenuzada más a fondo y debido al reciente programa informativo de ESPN, las comunidades están pidiendo más respuestas así como la prohibición de todo uso de goma desmenuzada en el futuro para la protección de los usuarios y no tener que lamentar consecuencias más tarde. El Condado de Arlington está construyendo en la actualidad campos y parques con substancias tóxicas derivadas de llantas descartadas de automóviles y camiones que están siendo recicladas sin ningún conocimiento del impacto a largo plazo en la salud y el medio ambiente.  Incluso el uso de EPDM (actualmente utilizado en un proyecto piloto en Williamsburg) no está libre de riesgo y contiene substancias químicas.  No existen letreros de advertencia en los campos deportivos y de juego sobre las precauciones que las familias deberían tomar cuando estén en contacto con estos materiales. Peligros del uso de goma desmenuzada en los materiales utilizados en los campos de juego: El contacto con los niños:  Absorción de químicos a través de la piel y por cortaduras, inhalación de VOC, polvo proveniente de llantas e ingestión de partículas y polvo de llantas - Se mezcla con el sudor y entra a la boca cuando los jugadores, especialmente los arqueros, caen al suelo y si no se lavan las manos antes de comer durante los partidos.  El aumento de casos de leucemia (cancer en la sangre) en  arqueros es causa de preocupación para muchos  padres en todo el país.  Los materiales no están siendo objeto de ningún análisis de los riesgos de seguridad.  La goma desmenuzada contiene  una larga lista de carcinógenos, metales pesados, PAHs, Phthalates (y otros distribuidores endócrinos) así como carbón negro.  Un estudio reciente de la Universidad de Yale indica que NO se ejecutaron pruebas de toxicidad de los componentes de la goma desmenuzada y sus efectos en la salud. Consecuencias del efecto del calor - En un día con temperatura de 98 grados, la temperatura del campo puede subir a más de 120 grados, lo que hará que aumente la volatilidad de los componentes orgánicos (VOCs) para despedir gases.  Una superficie caliente aumenta el riesgo de que el jugador se lastime especialmente los arqueros que están en mayor contacto con el suelo.  La cobertura de materiales provenientes de plantas tienen el beneficio adicional de reducir la temperatura de la superficie del campo sintético hasta en 40 grados. Impacto sobre el medio ambiente:  Cuando el césped natural de un campo se reemplaza con una cobertura sintética, muere todo organismo viviente en el subsuelo resultando imposible que pueda crecer ninguna planta a no ser que se haga un proceso reparador de la tierra durante varios años.  Los campos sintéticos causan un alto caudal de desagüe de las aguas de tormenta, aumentando aún más el porcentaje de la ya extensa superficie impermeable en el Condado.  Según el Condado de Arlington “Los campos con cobertura sintética son instalados por profesionales certificados que se adhieren a las indicaciones del Synthetic Turf Council Guidelines para rellenos de goma desmenuzada.  Los campos con cobertura sintética en Arlington se inspeccionan anualmente para comprobar que cumplan o sobrepasen los estándares nacionales de su capacidad de absorber golpes y reducir su impacto.”  Incluso las instrucciones del Synthetic Turf Council, grupo de cabildeo (lobbying) para la industria de la cobertura sintética, requiere el uso de guantes, respiradores y ropa de protección cuando se maneje la goma desmenuzada y recomienda “buena higiene personal, lavado frecuente de las partes expuestas con jabón y agua, y lavado de vestiduras.”  También la página online de FAQ (preguntas frecuentes) del Condado de Arlington sobre la seguridad de la cobertura sintética cita 10 referencias que contienen fuentes y artículos, la mayoría de los cuales están caducados.  Las referencias no son solamente débiles sino que también presentan muchas razones del porqué la goma desmenuzada es dañina para el medio ambiente y en otros casos están inconclusas.  En estudios recientes se ha descubierto nueva información en vista de preocupaciones que han surgido recientemente. Entretanto, el estudio CT citado ha sido retractado.  Incluso la EPA está tomando pasos para estudiar este asunto más a fondo. Por favor utilicemos coberturas DERIVADAS DE PLANTAS inmediatamente en campos deportivos y de juego para la seguridad de nuestros niños y residentes.  También pedimos que el Condado de Arlington evalúe el impacto a largo plazo que representa el continuar construyendo campos con cobertura sintética.  A la vez, les preguntamos si el riesgo del impacto negativo en nuestra tierra, prioridades del presupuesto (un campo con cobertura sintética cuesta más que uno con césped natural — más o menos $700.000 comparado con entre $70.000 y $125.000 por un campo de césped natural de alta calidad) y el impacto en la salud de los ciudadanos, vale la pena?  Respetuosamente, Padres de Familia y Residentes de Arlington

Kelly Alexis
332 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Thomas Bach, Leen Coudenys, Bernie Sanders, Theresa Kilbane, Flavia Bustreo, President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, UN Secretary General António Guterres

No Olympics or Paralympics in Radioactive Fukushima!

Children are our most beloved and cherished gift and they are also the most vulnerable to the generational damage of man-made radiation in air, food, soil and water.  Around the world children who are currently adolescent and possibly younger are in training to compete at the 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics in Japan.  Their parents most likely have no idea that some of the venues are near the most devastating and ongoing nuclear and industrial disaster in world history, Fukushima Daiichi.  Source:  On March 11, 2016, the fifth anniversary of the Fukushima triple nuclear meltdowns, the Japanese Olympic minister Toshiaki Endo stated to the Associated Press that preliminary softball and baseball could be moved from the host city of Tokyo to Fukushima Prefecture.  But it gets worse, now soccer has been added too. This isn’t mere speculation, in fact organizers are developing J Village, only a few miles from Fukushima Daiichi, into a training facility for Japan’s soccer team and possibly more.  J Village was used as a disaster staging and support facility during the early days of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.  Source:  SO HOW DID WE GO FROM THE WORLD'S WORST NUCLEAR AND INDUSTRIAL DISASTER TO ONE OF THE VENUES FOR THE 2020 GAMES?  In a stunning development in 2013, Japan’s Olympic bid was won by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he promised the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that "it (Fukushima Daiichi) has never done, and will never do, any damage in Tokyo”.  Consequently, the IOC and International Paralympic Committee (IPC) are now left to engage in a dangerous game of bait and switch by using venues not only in Tokyo as originally agreed upon, but also in Fukushima Prefecture, not far from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster site. Source: Holding Olympic games in Fukushima Prefecture will endanger young athletes. To date there is no solution in sight to the ongoing radiation releases leaking into air, soil, food and water not only from Fukushima Daiichi but also from areas around the country that have been used for the open storage and incineration of toxic and radioactive tsunami rubble and garbage. The man in charge of decommissioning Fukushima Daiichi, Naohiro Masuda, stated on NHK television in Japan that the solution to the radioactive leaks at Fukushima Daiichi “still needs to be invented” and appealed for international assistance.  Meanwhile, the Japanese government and IOC are planning for children, parents and coaches worldwide to travel to the region for the 2020 Olympics.  Source: Hundreds of types of radioisotopes are emitted in nuclear accidents, many of which are long-lived and remain hazardous for millions of years.  Easily inhaled, they pose a significant danger to everyone in affected environments and certainly to athletes during strenuous competition. Consider these facts: **There is no safe dose. Women are 2 times more vulnerable to the harmful effects of ionizing radiation than men; girls are at 10 times more at risk, boys are 5 times more at risk.   The Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation 7 (BEIR 7) report states "it is unlikely that a threshold exists for the induction of cancers"  meaning that any dose of radiation, no matter how small, carries health risks. Following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster it became scientifically evident that the DNA damaging effects of ionizing radiation are passed on to future generations.   Source: **Highly radioactive water used to cool Fukushima Daiichi’s damaged reactors is leaking and also being intentionally discharged into the Pacific Ocean every day.  In addition, highly radioactive soil and other toxic waste has been moved to locations all over Japan and stored in open fields or incinerated by the ton.  In one location, nearly 11 million tons of bagged radioactive garbage, soil and more is accumulating in Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture. Source:  **Radioactive hotspots have been detected in other areas of Japan including Tokyo. In one case even further south, in Yokohama, a petition on behalf of public schools and childcare facilities is pleading for the removal highly contaminated mud from rainwater recycling tanks, school roofs and gutters.  Source: **Bioaccumulation and migration of radionuclides are extremely complex issues.  Greenpeace has reported high readings in areas of Fukushima Prefecture where extensive decontamination measures had already been taken by the government.  This information has informed local citizens who had been told previously that they could return home. **Tokyo Electric and Power Company (TEPCO) the owner of Fukushima Daiichi reactors, as of March 2017, has not been able to locate the molten fuel that continues to release significant amounts of radioactive material into the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO is incinerating more than 8 tons of garbage per day, much of it toxic and radioactive, with plans to burn 90% of all waste on site. It's just one example of an aggressive nationwide incineration campaign underway for several years.  Source: **TO MARKTHE 6th ANNIVERSARY of the ongoing Fukushima disaster, March 11, 2017, nuclear engineer, Arnie Gundersen of Fairewinds Energy Education, provides the most recent update on the condition and near impossible task of "cleaning up" the Fukushima site: Source: **Drinking water and food are critical concerns, because internal contamination is the most dangerous form of radiation exposure.  Trace amounts of radionuclides from Fukushima Daiichi have been found in the tap water of numerous cities, and some samples contain both Cesium 134 and 137.  Cumulative trace amounts can pose a significant health problem because there is no safe dose. Source:  **Laboratory tests have documented that some of the highest concentrations of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi are airborne which then settle to the ground.  Recent samples from vacuum cleaner bags collected in Japan show readings as high as a shocking 4,454 Becquerel’s per kilogram. Source: **The International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP) guideline for the public is 1 millisievert per year compared to Japan's 20 mSv/year since the disaster.  By hosting the Olympics, Japan is willing to expose not only their own citizens but also children, young adults, families and coaches worldwide to higher than publicly acceptable levels of radiation per the ICRP. The emergency guideline of 20 mSv/year was never intended by ICRP to be a long term solution. Source: Allowing the Olympic and Paralympic games in Fukushima is nothing less than preposterous, because it's impossible to shield children from widespread radioactive contamination. Even after 30 years, the 30 km area around Chernobyl remains an exclusion zone, yet only 5 years after the Fukushima disaster began there are misguided plans to train young athletes in the town of Nahara at J Village, which is located 19 km (12 mi) from Fukushima Daiichi. Source: Here in the United States, Presidential candidate and Senator Bernie Sanders has stated grave concerns about the dangers of nuclear power and has called for the immediate closure of the Indian Point nuclear reactors near New York City.  Now that you know the facts, we petition you to learn as much as possible too and then work to stop any and all plans that will endanger athletes, their families and coaches worldwide due to the Fukushima Daiichi ongoing nuclear disaster at the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics.  Holding the 2020 Games in Fukushima or in fact anywhere in Japan will not, in reality, make the Fukushima Daiichi humanitarian and environmental crisis go away.  It will only spread it much farther afield. The whole world is watching this very dangerous game.        

Fukushima Fallout Awareness Network
1,531 supporters