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toxics

30 petitions

Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to William Gedney, The Honorable Glen Becerra, The Honorable Kamala Harris, The Honorable Bob Huber, The Honorable Dan White, DIane Feinstein

Demand GOLDEN STATE WATER- STOP Using Groundwater with Perchlorate

Golden State Water (GSW) is using two groundwater wells in Simi Valley, California, for local drinking water…the problem is that these wells are only miles away from one of America’s worst nuclear meltdowns, the Santa Susana Field Lab. As Golden State Water customers, we are demanding that they stop using Simi Valley ground water. Perchlorate, which has been found in Simi Valley groundwater, is an endocrine-disrupting chemical that is particularly bad for the thyroid and brain development of children. The California Water Board recognizes this and that is why they are recommending the standard be changed from 6ppb to 1ppb to adequately protect pregnant women and children. The World Health Organization is also saying that women and children are deficient in iodine. A deficiency in iodine would be incredibly problematic in an area that has been plagued with an environmental nuclear disaster. This would mean that at the level of perchlorate in the water today, women and children are not being adequately protected. And because Perchlorate also affects the uptake of iodine into the body, it’s especially important to ensure their thyroid is protected. Therefore, it’s warranted to be precautionary in this situation. If Golden State stopped using groundwater from Simi Valley wells, this issue would be solved. Simi Valley residents are concerned for their children attending the 16 schools who use Golden State Water, for those who eat at local restaurants, and swim at the YMCA pool.  The people of Simi Valley feel absolutely no comfort in Golden State Water testing only for natural and standard contamination, because there is nothing natural about living miles from a nuclear meltdown. In a community with so many environmental hazards, it’s warranted to demand the Golden State Water Company use the utmost precaution and stop mixing  groundwater into drinking water to protect the women and children of the district.

Leah Segedie
10,112 supporters
This petition won 3 months ago

Petition to Home Depot

Home Depot: Stop selling deadly paint strippers

No family should lose a loved one because of deadly chemicals. But more than 60 families across the U.S. have lost loved ones to a dangerous chemical called methylene chloride. It’s found in paint strippers on the shelves of The Home Depot and other stores. Exposure can kill within minutes. Long-term exposure to methylene chloride has been linked to liver toxicity, liver cancer, and lung cancer.  And another common paint stripper chemical called N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) can have dangerous effects if women of childbearing age or pregnant women use it. The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has warned that just one day of exposure to NMP can cause miscarriage or fetal death. NMP is also linked to decreased birth weight and other fetal developmental effects. Last January, the EPA proposed banning methylene chloride and NMP in paint strippers, but the agency has yet to act. Since then, at least four more people have died from using paint strippers with methylene chloride. They left behind mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, friends.   This May, after more than 200,000 people signed petitions like this one to Lowe’s, that company committed to stop selling paint strippers with these dangerous chemicals by the end of 2018.  But Lowe’s top competitor The Home Depot is still refusing to act.  There’s just no good reason for retailers like The Home Depot to continue selling products containing these chemicals — especially when safer alternatives are readily available. If you agree that home improvement stores shouldn’t sell dangerous chemicals, please join us in calling on The Home Depot to ban the sale of toxic paint strippers now.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families
38,209 supporters