This was very interesting to read. Great choice! In Corpus Christi, Texas we had closures of schools and small businesses due to unsafe drinking water. It was definitely frustrating. It is reassuring to know there is a proposed bill in place that protects communities due to this issue. I agree with you that this safe drinking act is very important because people without clean drinking water are susceptible to life-threatening diseases from contaminated water. Millions of Americans depend on quality drinking water and it is something that cannot be taken for granted. Julie Brown Reply Reply to Comment
Collapse Subdiscussion Tara Art Tara Art 11:42amJul 6 at 11:42am Manage Discussion Entry In April 23, 1997, President William J. Clinton issued Executive Order 13045-Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks (United States Environmental Protection Agency website, n.d.). This rule concerns “environmental health or safety risks that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reason to believe may disproportionately affect children” (United States Environmental Protection Agency website, n.d., para. 1). The environmental risks include substances that children are likely to come in contact with such as the food we eat, water we drink, and the things we are exposed to (United States Environmental Protection Agency website, n.d.). “The fundamental goal of the Office of Children’s Health Protection (OCHP) is to ensure that all EPA actions and programs address the unique vulnerabilities of children” (United States Environmental Protection Agency website, n.d., para. 2). According to the OCHP, children are more at risk because “their bodily systems are still developing, they eat more, drink more, and breathe more in proportion to their body size and their behavior can expose them to more chemicals and organisms” (United States Environmental Protection Agency website, n.d., para. 1). The goals for the OCHP is to “use EPA policies, rules and research to focus on prenatal and childhood vulnerabilities, protect children through safe chemicals management and coordinate community-based programs to eliminate threats to children health where they live, learn and play” (United States Environmental Protection Agency website, n.d., para. 2). I believe this legislation is a positive step in the right direction. I think we need to be aware of how substances can affect our children prenatally through childhood in all our communities. This could potentially save children from unnecessary exposure to harmful substances and possibly prevent exposure to contaminants that may cause childhood disease, which I believe is important for all our children. As a parent, I want to make sure all is being done to ensure the safety and well-being of my children. References United States Environmental Protection Agency website. (n.d.). Reply Reply to Comment
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