For some, a pesticide linked to major health problems in children and farmers doesn't belong in our food. Not for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.
Rather than heed the finding of his own agency's scientists, Pruitt has chosen not to ban a pesticide that could cause developmental issues in children's brains and nervous systems. The same chemical is already banned in most household items, but now, without a ban, that chemical- named chlorpyrifos- will make its way into our children's bodies.
Administrator Pruitt has once again aligned himself with big business rather than with the health and well-being of the American people, especially those who are most vulnerable.
President Trump and Administrator Pruitt often talk about reforming regulations. But here is the dirty truth: those regulations are safeguards meant to protect families and children. A parent should be able to feed a young child a strawberry without worrying that it might cause developmental damage. Instead, many will be left leaving their children's health to chance. We know better, and we can do better.
When you sign the petition, you tell Administrator Pruitt that you demand he place the well-being and health of American families and children above those of corporate profits.
Dear Administrator Pruitt,
Your recent rejection of a proposed ban on a potentially dangerous chemical, chlorpyrifos, indicates you are prioritizing the success of businesses over the well-being of American families and children. The EPA—the agency you have been chosen to run—is one of our country’s most important tools for public safety and health. We rely on you and your agency to protect us from dangerous substances and hazards.
Rather than remain faithful to this mission, your decision suggests you will subject American families to harmful chemicals that stunt the growth of children and disregard your agency’s own scientists, solely in pursuit of reduced regulation.
I ask that you reconsider—that you put first the American families whose health you have been tasked with protecting and preserving.
Soon, families across the country will be biting into delicious summer fruits—and they deserve to do so without worrying about the harm it could be doing to their children.
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