Speak Out for Malachi and the Children of Flint - Demand Congressional Action to Stop Lead Poisoning

Malachi can't speak. And like thousands of children in Flint, Michigan, Sebring, Ohio, and other US communities, his life appears to have been irrevocably altered by lead poisoning — and government inaction to stop it.

The Baltimore two year-old, whose story was featured in a powerful column by Nick Kristof in The New York Times, is hardly alone:

"Today the continuing poisoning of half a million American children is tolerated partly because the victims often are low-income children of color... When Congress slashed funding for lead programs, it helped poison kids like Malachi — and 50 years from now his capacity will still be constrained because of the failures of Congress."

From Flint to Baltimore, Sebring, Ohio and communities across the country, lead exposure is a public health threat. Lead poisoning can reduce children's IQ. Pregnant women can experience premature births. And all adults are at risk of kidney and reproductive problems.

In 2012, politicians in Washington slashed programs to monitor lead levels in water and protect Americans from lead poisoning by 93 percent. Some support has been restored since then, but the programs still operate with less than half the resources they had just a few years ago.

Be a voice for Malachi and hundreds of thousands of children across America. Sign this urgent petition now to tell your Senators and Member of Congress to support new legislation from Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) to protect kids — and adults — from lead poisoning.

Dear Decision Maker,

As someone who cares about protecting kids from lead poisoning, I strongly urge you to support the forthcoming proposal from Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown that would:

  • Ensure families are alerted right away when there is a problem by directing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to automatically alert the public if the state or local agency responsible fails to do so in 15 days. Currently, local and state officials are responsible for notifying the public, which they failed to do in a timely manner in the cases of Sebring and Flint; 

  • Require communities to have a plan in place to fix the problem within six months. The current requirement is up to 18 months; 

  • Require there to be a plan in place to make sure communities have access to clean, safe water in the meantime; and 

  • Improve transparency by requiring the EPA to make annual state water quality reports available online in one, easy to use place.

[Your comments here]

The terrible situation in Flint, Michigan and communities across the country clearly demonstrates the need for programs to protect our communities from lead exposure and the need for clear accountability. As Congress begins to consider the budget, I urge you to do everything in your power to ensure that government programs to prevent lead exposure are appropriately funded.


[Your name]

Update #14 years ago
Last night John Oliver called out Congressional inaction on the lead crisis as only he can. Unfortunately, efforts to address the crisis remain bottled in Congress. We need to turn up the heat on politicians. Please share this petition on Facebook and Twitter.
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