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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  • Donna Yavorsky
    signed via 2018-09-28 09:10:37 -0400
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  • Anne Goodwin
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  • Carol Chamberlain
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  • Robyn Purchia
    @robynpurchia tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-27 16:50:15 -0400
    Sign the petition: Reinstate Dr. Ruth Etzel; Empower the EPA to Protect
  • Robyn Purchia
    signed via 2018-09-27 16:50:04 -0400
  • Linda Hutchins-Knowles
    signed 2018-09-27 16:43:56 -0400
    As a mother, I’m deeply alarmed when the senior person responsible for protecting our children’s health in this country is stopped from doing her job. I join the chorus of parents, grandparents, and other caregivers urging Dr. Etzel’s reinstatement. If there is anything that unites us as Americans, it’s that we love our children and we want them to have safe air to breathe, water to drink & food to eat. Let Dr. Etzel do her job of protecting Americans, especially our children.
  • Leslie Yerman
    signed 2018-09-27 16:28:46 -0400
  • Catherine Armer
    signed 2018-09-27 16:25:37 -0400
  • Laura Haugh
    signed 2018-09-27 16:22:39 -0400
  • Katie Main
    signed via 2018-09-27 16:17:24 -0400
  • Vendla Bramble
    signed via 2018-09-27 16:10:07 -0400
    Children are our only hope…we have to protect them!
  • Kelsey Wirth
    @kelseywirth1 tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-27 16:00:42 -0400
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  • Kelsey Wirth
    signed 2018-09-27 16:00:33 -0400
    The EPA’s stated mission is “To protect human health and the environment.” Our kids are more vulnerable to environmental pollutants than any other group in our society. Your decision to remove Dr. Etzel from her position as head of the EPA’s Office of Children’s Protection is an act to prioritize polluter profits over the health of our kids, and flies in the face of your stated mission.
  • Ginger Ryan
    signed 2018-09-27 15:56:08 -0400
  • Carmi Orenstein
    signed via 2018-09-27 15:48:22 -0400
  • Beth Rodio
    signed via 2018-09-27 15:41:13 -0400
  • Aimee Maruyama
    @ tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-27 14:58:22 -0400
    Sign the petition: Reinstate Dr. Ruth Etzel; Empower the EPA to Protect
  • Aimee Maruyama
    signed 2018-09-27 14:58:07 -0400
  • Ellen van Bever
    @envanbever tweeted link to this page. 2018-09-27 14:34:58 -0400
    Sign the petition: Reinstate Dr. Ruth Etzel; Empower the EPA to Protect
  • Ellen van Bever
    signed 2018-09-27 14:34:43 -0400
    I am deeply concerned by the rollbacks to the EPA by the current administration. Now, more than ever, we need to ensure the health and safety of our environment and citizens. Especially those most vulnerable. I urge the EPA to reinstate Dr. Etzel as soon as possible and ensure that the good work of her department will continue. The children of our country are county on you.