Reinstate Dr. Ruth Etzel; Empower the EPA to Protect

Mothers Out Front was upset to learn that Dr. Ruth A. Etzel, the Director of the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection, was suddenly placed on administrative leave. Please sign this petition to help us make sure the EPA is up to the challenge of protecting our children from pollutants and environmental hazards, today and into the future.

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As a mother, a concerned citizen, and a member of Mothers Out Front, I am writing to protest the administrative leave of Dr. Ruth Etzel the head of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Protection.

This office serves the most vulnerable citizens of our country, our children. We are concerned for the health today and livable climate tomorrow for all children. We worry especially for those who live on the front lines of fossil fuel infrastructure, climate change impacts, chemical plants, or in cities like Flint, MI where children are being poisoned by lead in their water supply.

Children are uniquely vulnerable to the negative effects of air pollution, chemical exposure, and tainted water supplies because they eat and drink more, relative to their size, than adults. Their fragile systems are still developing.

Dr. Etzel is an international leader in her field and as head of this office at the EPA made strides for children in Flint, for the children of farmworkers who are picking produce that has been sprayed with chemical pesticides, and other environmental hazards to children.

We call on the EPA to reinstate Dr. Etzel and continue to fund this crucial department of the EPA. As mothers and citizens we demand that the Environmental Protection Agency remain a strong agency for the health of the environment of this great country, and its people.



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  • MaryEllen Ross
    signed 2018-10-24 10:30:38 -0400
    Thank you for standing up and protecting our children and our future ❤️
  • Ruth Hatcher
    signed 2018-10-24 09:22:26 -0400
    I’m outraged that Dr. Etzel, protector of children, has been placed on administrative leave! I’m also outraged

    that a proposed Rockwool insulation manufacturing plant location is across the street from an elementary school in my community of Ranson, WV!!! Factory is within 2 miles of 4 public schools and 2 daycare centers, housing 30% of

    Jefferson County’s student population. Factory approved for heavy toxic emissions and smokestacks approximately

    21 stories high. Please help our community!!! Visit
  • Charlene Goldberg
    signed 2018-10-21 10:09:42 -0400
    Good for you Dr. Ruth Etzel, we need more people like you protecting our children!
  • Monique Poehler
    signed 2018-10-19 15:15:54 -0400
  • Brandi Bovell
    signed 2018-10-19 10:15:43 -0400
    Anyone who doesn’t really for this woman are doing a disservice for the future of society and our planet. Reinstate Dr Etzel!
  • Marianne Ruggiero
    signed 2018-10-19 09:29:57 -0400
  • Melissa Adkins
    signed 2018-10-19 09:09:10 -0400
    Where is the voice of reason here?

    Essentially our children are being poisoned by our government.

    Let Dr. Etzel do what she was hired to do!
  • Michael Adkins
    signed 2018-10-19 09:07:57 -0400
    Shameful practices – The most vulnerable of our sad society poisoned for profit.
  • Kathleen McMahon
    signed 2018-10-19 07:45:53 -0400
    Kathleen McMahon
  • Patty Giuffre
    signed 2018-10-16 11:23:23 -0400
  • Deanna Duncan
    signed 2018-10-15 20:27:12 -0400
  • Meg Steele
    signed 2018-10-15 07:52:18 -0400
    Enough is Enough!
  • Cheryl Boissy
    signed 2018-10-15 07:46:22 -0400
  • Véronique Vendette
    signed 2018-10-10 12:00:36 -0400
    Veronique Vendette
  • Joyce Jones
    signed 2018-10-10 10:53:46 -0400
  • Barbara Moesch
    signed 2018-10-08 18:48:48 -0400
    Barbara Moesch
  • Brenda Barnett
    signed 2018-10-08 15:29:34 -0400
  • Merritt Juliano
    signed 2018-10-08 09:39:42 -0400
  • Kristin Stitz
    signed 2018-10-08 07:59:39 -0400
  • Kari Percival
    signed 2018-10-08 04:26:08 -0400
    Our children are most vulnerable to toxics and deserve our protection.
  • Ana Volpi
    signed 2018-10-07 13:42:32 -0400
  • Mary Flynn
    signed 2018-10-07 12:00:05 -0400
    Mary Flynn
  • Patricia Sherman
    signed 2018-10-07 08:50:43 -0400
  • Cheryl James
    signed 2018-10-07 07:07:36 -0400
    Cheryl James
  • Carmen Okeefe
    signed 2018-10-06 19:20:52 -0400
  • Janet Kenny
    signed 2018-10-06 16:42:23 -0400
    All mothers, fathers, grandparents, and everyone who cares about the health of our children and future generations should be alarmed that Dr. Etzel was placed on administrative leave for doing her job. Join the American Academy of Pediatrics and Mothers Out Front in demanding her reinstatement and she is allowed to perform her job unimpeded. We need her to lead in protecting children’s health.
  • Ella Brians
    signed 2018-10-06 14:42:24 -0400
  • Brenda Meikle
    signed via 2018-10-06 08:39:23 -0400
  • Nathan Phillips
    signed 2018-10-05 01:13:56 -0400
  • Nili Pearlmutter
    signed 2018-10-04 21:32:08 -0400