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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  • Carol Walker
    signed 2018-10-04 15:23:17 -0400
  • Elaine Lyte
    signed 2018-10-04 13:18:23 -0400
  • Claire Corcoran
    signed 2018-10-04 09:20:29 -0400
  • Sarah Matathia
    signed 2018-10-04 09:19:10 -0400
  • Carol Etzel
    signed 2018-10-03 21:08:44 -0400
    Believe what people do, not what they say – EPAs actions speak that children’s health is no important
  • Jill Kennett
    signed 2018-10-02 15:26:43 -0400
    Jill Kennett
  • Margaret Riehle
    signed 2018-10-02 15:06:56 -0400
  • Dyer Salahadyn
    signed 2018-10-02 14:51:15 -0400
    Our children are our future. Without them … there is no future!
  • Carolyn Barthel
    signed 2018-10-02 11:45:35 -0400
  • Rick Kennett
    signed 2018-10-02 01:34:18 -0400
    Rick Kennett
  • Ella Saunders
    signed 2018-10-01 01:11:10 -0400
    How can this be good for the health of my or other American children. This is disgraceful and cold-hearted negligence.
  • Frances Stewart
    signed 2018-09-30 17:12:20 -0400
  • Andrea Doremus
    signed 2018-09-30 16:21:53 -0400
    Thank you.
  • Bri McAlevey
    signed via 2018-09-30 15:16:46 -0400
  • Kerry Rini
    signed 2018-09-30 11:00:40 -0400
  • Renee Jenkins Havener
    signed 2018-09-30 10:52:43 -0400
    Dr. Etzel must be reinstated and given the ability to run OCHP as intended, free from interference by those who willfully ignore science in order to put financial gain above children’s health.
  • Michelle Robbins
    signed 2018-09-30 10:10:51 -0400
    Our children are already adversely affected by environmental pollutants in volumes we are not measuring until it’s usually too late. This cut ensures more childhood illness for all. Please reinstate Dr. Etzel right away.
  • Christine Reedy
    signed 2018-09-30 09:39:46 -0400
  • Kieni Schneider
    signed 2018-09-30 01:54:43 -0400
    Kieni Schneider
  • Kathie Arnold
    signed via 2018-09-29 20:32:09 -0400
  • Ann Bauer
    signed 2018-09-29 17:31:34 -0400
    53% of our children are sick with environmental driven diseases at a cost of billions of dollars to the US economy. Cutting this department is fiscal stupidity as well as a public health disaster.
  • Lauren Palmer
    signed via 2018-09-29 08:52:31 -0400
  • Elizabeth Steel
    signed via 2018-09-28 23:10:38 -0400
  • Kristine Jelstrup
    signed via 2018-09-28 17:58:00 -0400
  • Politically_Liberal
    @PoliticallyLib tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-28 17:08:51 -0400
    Sign the petition: Reinstate Dr. Ruth Etzel; Empower the EPA to Protect
  • Susan Allen
    signed via 2018-09-28 17:08:38 -0400
    Susan Allen
  • Cherylene Straus
    signed 2018-09-28 16:29:37 -0400
    Cherylene Straus
  • Mary Boyle
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  • Erin Kiesow
    signed via 2018-09-28 16:05:59 -0400
  • Jean Cummings
    signed via 2018-09-28 11:28:41 -0400
    Jean Cummings