Target: Gina McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator
Goal: Praise the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for securing $1.1 billion to clean up contaminated groundwater
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working in conjunction with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), recently secured over one billion dollars in funds from the owners of a former perchlorate processing plant in Henderson, Nevada, to be used to help decontaminate the site’s groundwater which flows to Lake Mead, then on to the Colorado River. Both of these rivers supply drinking water to millions of people in the Southwestern United States. Research has shown that perchlorate can be dangerous to human beings, and the EPA needs to be praised for working to ensure that our drinking water is free from harmful contaminants.
According to the EPA, perchlorate is “both a naturally occurring and man-made chemical that is used to produce rocket fuel, fireworks, flares and explosives.” Research shows perchlorate that contaminates drinking water has the potential to harm human beings because it “can disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth and development, as well as for normal metabolism and mental function in adults.” The site of the former chemical plant in Henderson is the biggest perchlorate plume in America, meaning it’s the largest body of underground water polluted by the toxic chemical. Research has shown that perchlorate from this site has been found in Las Vegas Valley’s drinking water, as well as in milk from cows that drink water from the Colorado River. The state of Nevada has been working to decontaminate this site for years but needed additional funding to complete the job. .
Sign the petition below to let the EPA know that you appreciate its efforts to do everything in its power to ensure that Americans have constant access to clean, uncontaminated drinking water.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
I was gladdened to hear that you had secured over a billion dollars to aid in the decontamination of groundwater at a former perchlorate processing plant in Henderson, Nevada. Research has show that the chemical perchlorate can be dangerous to human beings because of its potential to “disrupt the thyroid’s ability to produce hormones needed for normal growth and development, as well as for normal metabolism and mental function in adults.” Groundwater from the Henderson site reaches Lake Mead and the Colorado River, both of which supply water to millions of people in the Southwestern United States. Perchlorate has been found in Las Vegas Valley drinking water and in milk from cows that drank water from the Colorado River.
I am writing to thank you for your continued efforts to ensure that Americans have constant access to clean, uncontaminated drinking water.
[Your Name Here]
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