Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Donald Trump's EPA just put the head of the Office of Children's Health on indefinite administrative leave, the latest in its efforts to eliminate the office entirely.1 Without the Office of Children's Health Protection, there is no-one at the EPA focused on how toxins and air pollutants uniquely affect our youngest and most vulnerable population.
My son is only 5 years old, and he, along with all American children, deserves to live in a country that puts children first. The Office of Children's Health Protection was established in 1997 because kids' developing bodies are more vulnerable to pollutants and chemicals. Children are uniquely susceptible to pesticides and other environmental chemicals, and such exposure is linked to a myriad of pediatric illnesses and diseases.2
Now it seems that the Trump administration is trying to eliminate the office altogether. Dr. Ruth Etzel, a children's environmental health leader who has led the EPA office since 2015, was placed on leave with no reason given.3 The removal of Dr. Etzel follows months of reducing the staff and resources of the office.
Children deserve a healthy future. Removing the EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection puts all our children at risk.
1. "E.P.A. Places the Head of Its Office of Children's Health on Leave," The New York Times, September 26, 2018
2. "Kids Deserve to Have Healthy Lives: The Uncertain Fate of EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection," Union of Concerned Scientists, October 4, 2018
3. "E.P.A. Places the Head of Its Office of Children's Health on Leave," The New York Times, September 26, 2018
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