Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Reduce dangerous levels of lead in children’s drinking water supply.
Drinking water contaminated with lead is not just a problem in Flint, Michigan. A recent study has concluded that the issue spans the nation and puts thousands of young children at risk.
A recent report concluded that hundreds of schools across the country have water supplies tainted by lead, which exposes students to “excessive amounts of an element doctors agree is unsafe at any level.” The data comes courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency data and alleges that approximately 350 day care centers and schools failed lead tests from 2012 through 2015.
The federal government mandates public health action for children with blood-lead levels of at least 5 micrograms per deciliter, and presently 12 states have a significant percentage of such at-risk children. The most troubling state is Pennsylvania, as 8.5 percent of tested children had unsafe blood-lead levels.
The crisis in Flint has put the issue of lead contamination in the public spotlight, but this was not an isolated incident. Sign the petition below and demand that further action be taken to protect the nation’s children from this impending health crisis.
Dear Administrator McCarthy,
I am writing to bring your attention to an extremely troubling report on lead in drinking water. According to a recent study, about 350 schools and day care centers have failed lead tests in recent years, leaving thousands of children at-risk of long-term health problems. Lead is considered dangerous at any level, but 12 states have significant percentages of children with blood-lead levels that demand federal intervention.
The crisis in Flint, Michigan highlighted the seriousness of this matter, and these children deserve protection. I urge you to investigate these findings and take proactive measures before health problems begin to emerge on a national scale.
[Your Name Here]
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