Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Impose more regulations and harsher punishments on companies that threaten the water supply with harmful contaminates.
Over 200 million gallons of radioactive wastewater have reportedly leaked into an underground source of drinking water after a sinkhole damaged a fertilizer plant in Florida. The company failed to notify the public of the risk created by this situation for three weeks. The company has been allowed to self-monitor the situation and update government agencies on the status of the problem, despite having kept the disaster a secret.
Mosaic, the fertilizer company responsible, has polluted water before. The EPA reports that in 2007, 50 million gallons of hazardous wastewater spilled into the Huston Ship Canal. In 2009, another sinkhole released 90 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into the drinking water in Florida and Georgia. Now more than 200 million gallons of hazardous wastewater are thought to have been released. Each year, the severity of these spills becomes worse. It is obvious that the regulations and penalties for these spills have not been strict enough to be a proper deterrent.
From the callous reaction to dangerous levels of lead found in the water in flint Michigan, it is clear that there is not enough being done to ensure that water is safe for humans and for wildlife. Sign the petition below to ensure that American water stays safe by preventing polluting corporations from getting away with a slap on the wrist.
Dear Mrs. McCarthy,
Action must be taken to protect the water supply from fertilizer companies like Mosaic. Over 200 million gallons of radioactive wastewater have reportedly contaminated a Florida aquifer from which drinking water is acquired. The company maintained silence on this crisis for weeks before reporting it to the public. This is not the first time that Mosaic has been involved in the contamination of drinking water. The company was involved in two other spills in 2007 and 2009.
I urge you to ensure that their negligence does not go unpunished. By imposing more regulations on fertilizer companies and harsher punishments for those who do not follow those regulations, you can ensure that American drinking water stays safe.
[Your Name Here]
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